Jakarta. The University of Indonesia, or UI, is ranked 277th in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Ranking this year, 48 points higher than last year, which also makes it the country's best university.
Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is a British company specializing in education.
With domestic competitors — Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) and Gadjah Mada University (UGM) — ranking 331st and 401st respectively, UI is the only Indonesian university among the world's 300 best.
"We're glad for this, honestly we expected to rank only 310th this year," UI vice rector Bambang Wibawarta said in a statement on Thursday (08/06).
"This could be achieved thanks to the hard work of our academic staff," he added.
QS uses six indicators, with academic reputation holding the highest value of 40 percent. Other factors are student-to-faculty ratio (20 percent), citations per faculty (20 percent), employer reputation (10 percent), international faculty (5 percent) and international students ratio (5 percent).
According to Bambang, since 2015 the Ministry of Education has been helping Indonesia's top five universities with increased funds to gain international recognition.
"For us the rank isn't the main goal, but the overall quality of our education. The rank just reflects our work," he added.