College and University Rankings

Good marks for Hong Kong in World University Rankings, but history is a fail

Professor Peter Cunich laments limited resources for the University of Hong Kong's history department. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong institutions fared reasonably well in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, being represented in the top 200 in almost all 30 subjects.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 9:45am 3 comments

Darts and sciences

Do university rankings, which come out year after year, actually tell students what they want to know?

Students intending to study abroad are so used to looking up where universities stand in global league tables that it is easy to forget the rankings are just a decade old - the first was released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003, creating a huge international buzz.

15 Apr 2013 - 10:09am

Many schools of thought when it comes to rankings

In Hong Kong's brand-conscious society, university rankings attract much public attention. After all, universities' ranking and reputation are key considerations in many people's college selection criteria.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

City tops 'best young universities' league

Heavy investment in higher education by governments in Asia and an 'erosion in performance' by established institutions has led to a shake-up in an annual international ranking of universities.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

City ranks 19th in world for student satisfaction

Paris is the best location in the world for education, followed by London and Boston, according to an educational benchmarking agency.

Hong Kong tied with Tokyo for the 19th place in the Best Student City chart compiled by researchers behind the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Degrees of diversity

A year ago, I wrote in this column that 'as Hong Kong aspires to be a regional education hub, we should rethink the essence of university education and ask: what kind of excellence do we want to groom?'

10 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

HKU regains status in new university rankings

The University of Hong Kong has regained its status as Asia's top-ranking university in the latest QS World University Rankings, months after it was knocked off the top spot by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) in the same research firm's Asia survey.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Universities score high marks in social sciences

An international university ranking has given five of Hong Kong's universities high spots in social sciences.

QS World University Rankings released its top universities for six social science subjects - statistics and operational research; sociology; politics and international studies; law; economics and econometrics; and accounting and finance - today.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Toxic wasteland hardly the place for universities

It is good news that the government is reserving 720,000 square metres of land capable of providing 1.2 million square metres of floor area for use by tertiary education institutions.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Europe piloting wide-ranging ranking system

The European Commission is wading into the controversy over world university league tables by piloting a 'multi-dimensional' ranking system designed to reflect the diversity of Europe's universities.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

In search of excellence

Last year was a bonanza year for all my almae matres in terms of rankings: the University of Glasgow was voted the finest Scottish university; Stanford edged out the University of Pennsylvania to join the Big Four in the annual US college ranking survey.

23 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

HKU's high ranking due to hard work and dedication: Tsui

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has been ranked 18th among the world's top 200 universities, according to the Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) World University Rankings 2007.

The ranking makes HKU the second highest ranked university in Asia, just behind Tokyo University. The chairman of council of HKU, Victor Fung, said the results were 'a dream come true' for him.

19 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

University rankings no cause for complacency

International rankings of universities can be a tough test for younger institutions that do not compare in academic tradition and endowment with long-established European and North American counterparts. Hong Kong's good showing in the latest The Times Higher Education Supplement-QS world university rankings is therefore an encouraging achievement.

12 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Regional university heads confront challenges

University leaders from 15 Asian countries will be in Hong Kong next week to discuss issues facing the higher education system. The three-day QS Asian Pacific Professional Leaders in Education conference will examine how global and regional education partnerships can help Asian universities improve and how they can make higher education more widely available.

7 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Pursuing excellence

Hong Kong parents bent on sending children to the best US colleges must have noticed from reports coming out of America that this year has been the most competitive ever in admissions. All the Ivy Leagues (except Yale) and their peer institutions reported their lowest acceptance rates, with Columbia at 8.9 per cent.

30 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

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