A consumeristic, hedonistic lifestyle has depoliticized university students in Indonesia, preventing them from thinking critically about social and political problems that beset those less fortunate than them. (Antara Photo/Indrianto Eko Suwarso)

UI and ITB Among Top Universities in the World: Times Higher Education


SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Jakarta. Bandung Institute of Technology, or ITB, and the University of Indonesia have been rated as two of the top institutions in the world, according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017.

UI had a rating in the range of 801 and above while ITB made its debut on the list, in the same range. The universities are among 980 of the best universities and higher education institutions from 79 countries.

The rankings are based on an evaluation of specific categories, such as teaching, international outlook, research and knowledge transfer.

“It is fantastic news that Indonesia has doubled its representation in this year’s newly-expanded list of the world’s top universities, claiming two spots in the 980-strong ranking,” Phil Baty, THE World University Rankings editor, said in a statement on Wednesday (21/09).

According to Baty, institution rankings from across Southeast Asia have improved with a total of 21 universities from the region making it to the table  up from 15 last year  with the Philippines joining the rankings for the first time.

Singapore’s National University of Singapore stood in 24th place, holding the title of Asia’s top university for the second year in a row, while Nanyang Technological University ranked 54th.

“The THE World University Rankings feature an increasing number of leading east Asian universities that are beginning to rub shoulders with the global elite, thanks to powerful policy drives backed with serious funding. The Southeast Asian region will need to work harder at improving its universities as global competition heats up if it wants to achieve the same ambitious task,” Baty stated.

In the rankings, a list of which is available online, University of Oxford replaced California Institute of Technology for first place, followed by Stanford University in third place.

290 Asian universities from 24 countries have made it to the table, with 19 landing in the top 200.