University of Hong Kong nudges ahead on global rankings, returns as city’s top educator

University of Science and Technology says they aren’t focused on the annual listing after falling eight places

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 7:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 7:03am

The University of Hong Kong has regained its position as the city’s top university, according to the latest global rankings.

HKU rose three places to 27th position in this year’s QS World University Rankings, compiled by education information firm Quacquarelli Symonds.

HKU overtook the University of Science and Technology, which dropped to 36th position from 28th last year.

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According to QS, HKUST lost ground in the faculty/student ratio indicator.

A spokesman from QS said the number of HKUST faculty ­members fell 9.3 per cent in 2016, while the number of students ­increased by 3.5 per cent.

HKUST said it did not focus on chasing rankings and it was committed to improving and promoting innovation and research.

Around Hong Kong, Chinese University climbed seven places to 44th, City University climbed two places to 55th, Polytechnic University climbed five places to 111th, and Baptist University climbed three places to 278th.

Ben Sowter, QS head of research, said competition between universities was “ferocious”.

“In our latest data analysis, the top 100 universities are showing an average of 25 per cent more ­research citations than in the previous five year window,” he said.

“Institutions in countries that provide high levels of targeted funding, whether from endowments or from the public purse, are rising ... Western European ­nations making or proposing cuts to public research spending are losing ground to their US and Asian counterparts.”

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US institutions Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Harvard University took out the top three places, nudging out the UK’s Cambridge University.

The top ranked Asian universities were the National University of Singapore (12th), Nanyang Technological University (13th) and Tsinghua University (24th).

HKU was Asia’s top university in 2012 when it placed 23rd.