• Kyodo


Kyoto University is this year’s best multidisciplinary higher educational institute in Asia, with Tohoku University ranked second, according to results of an annual survey by Asiaweek magazine released Wednesday.

Tohoku University fell from first place in 1999.

Two South Korean universities — the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology and Pohang University of Science & Technology — retained their respective first and second places in this year’s list of best science and technology universities.

The poll was the Hong Kong-based magazine’s fourth survey of universities.

The schools were ranked on academic reputation, faculty qualifications, resources, research output, student-teacher ratios and Internet access.

Other institutions in the top 10 multidisciplinary universities in the region this year include three from Hong Kong and three from Australia.

The University of Hong Kong moved up one place from last year and took the third-place spot, previously held by Seoul National University, which came in fourth.

The National University of Singapore improved to fifth place from last year’s sixth.

The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology took the sixth and seventh positions, respectively. Both moved up.

The Australian National University, University of Melbourne and University of New South Wales respectively ranked eight, ninth and 10th.

The five Indian universities making the top 10 list for science and technology universities were: Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (No. 3); Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (No. 4); Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (No. 5); Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (No. 7); and Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (No. 8).

Tokyo Institute of Technology ranked sixth, down from third place.

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and Taiwan University of Science and Technology were No. 9 and No. 10, respectively.

Reviewing the university system in the region, Asiaweek said Asia’s universities were undergoing change that includes: Internet usage for educational purposes; raising more money by the universities themselves; recruiting more foreign teachers; and admitting more foreign students to ride the globalization wave.

Some universities, particularly in Australia, have already taught classes partly through the Internet, while others are considering offering entire degree programs online.

The magazine said it remains debatable how these trends will affect the quality of Asian higher education.