AsianScientist (Jun. 11, 2021) – In a historic moment, 16 Asian universities claimed their spot among the top 100 institutions in Times Higher Education’s (THE) 2021 World University Rankings. From 12 representatives in last year’s cycle, the region has witnessed an upward trajectory across the table. Uniquely, this year’s rankings captured university data both before and during COVID-19’s onslaught.
Aside from assessing universities around the world, THE also zooms in on specific regions and subject specialties. For instance, the subject rankings provide contextualized data on the institutions’ performance across different disciplines. Meanwhile, the 2021 Asian University Rankings, recalibrates the World Rankings’ evaluation criteria to better reflect the unique higher education goals of each region.
On the global list, Asia remains represented by only a handful of countries and institutions, with a steep drop-off in scores separating the upper echelon and the rest of the pack. Still, the region’s leaders have been making their presence felt—opening the door for more Asian universities to impress on the world stage.
Here are the highlights for Asia’s higher education sector in the 2021 rankings.