The University of the Philippines (UP) and De La Salle University rankings in Asia-Pacific rise among the top universities in the Asia-Pacific region.

Based on The Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking released on February 20, 2019, UP’s rank leaped to 101-110 from 151-160 bracket in 2018 and in the 201+ bracket in 2017.

The annual ranking for Asia-Pacific universities features only the top 250. Among more than 2,000 colleges and universities in the Philippines, only two made it to the THE Asia-Pacific listing, UP and De La Salle University (201-250).

The London-based Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Ranking analyzes universities across East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania using detailed performance indicators including learning environment, research, citations, international outlook, and knowledge transfer.

UP’s performance in THE’s Asia-Pacific ranking reflects the university’s rise in the World University Rankings from its place in the 800+ bracket in 2017, to the 601-800 bracket in 2018, and to 501-600 in 2019.

Based on the THE rankings for 2019, UP also ranks 87th among the top 442 universities from 43 emerging countries.

Among the top 1,250 world universities, UP is in the 126-150 bracket for Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health subjects; in the 501-600 bracket for both Life Sciences and Social Sciences; in the 601+ bracket for Engineering and Technology, and Computer Science; and in the 801+ bracket in Physical Sciences. In Asia, UP’s latest ranking was 156th, securing a high spot among the top 350 universities in 25 countries.

The University of Melbourne is again the only university outside Asia to crack the top five, claiming third place (one up from fourth last year). The other universities featured in the top five are Tsinghua University (in first place), the National University of Singapore (second place), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (fourth place) and the University of Hong Kong (fifth place).