Five of the Philippine universities, led by the University of the Philippines (UP), made it to this year’s list of 2014 Top 300 Asian Universities released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
This was the lowest number of Philippine universities to make the cut since QS began ranking universities in Asia in 2009.
In 2012, 14 of the country’s own made it to the list of Asia’s top universities, according to QS.
There were 15 Philippine universities on the 2011 list, 18 in 2010 and 16 in 2009.
UP’s ranking went up after landing 63rd in the 2014 QS University Rankings for Asia released on Tuesday. University of the Philippines was ranked 67th last year, 68th in 2012, 62nd in 2011, 78th in 2010 and 63rd in 2009.
This year Ateneo de Manila University was ranked 115th, dropped from 109th in 2013.
The University of Santo Tomas came in third following University of the Philippines and Ateneo de Manila University, jumping by nine places from last year to 141st this year.
De La Salle University remained within the 151st-160th range while previously unranked Ateneo de Davao University entered the list at 251st-300th.
The University of Southeastern Philippines disappeared after landing in the 251-300 range last year.
UP, Ateneo, La Salle and UST have consistently made it to the QS list of top Asian universities since the rankings began in 2009.