Many readers will have had more contact with Southeast Asian Universities than myself, so I will largely let the figures and someone else do the talking in this post.
Here’s how the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2016 eventuated for the top universities in Southeast Asia (in their Asia region subset).
|1 – National University of Singapore (NUS)|
|2 – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)|
|70 – Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Malaysia|
|90 – Mahidol University – Thailand|
|98 – King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi, Thailand|
|121-130 – Universiti Putra Malaysia|
|141-150 – Chiang Mai University, Thailand|
|141-150 – Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)|
|151-160 – Chulalongkorn University, Thailand|
|161-170 – Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)|
|161-170 – Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand|
|181-190 – University of Indonesia|
|181-190 – Khon Kaen University, Thailand|
|181-190 – Prince of Songkla University, Thailand|
In contrast, the QS Asia university rankings for 2016 emerged with their hierarchy appearing as below.
|1||National University of Singapore (NUS)|
|3||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)|
|27||Universiti Malaya, Malaysia|
|45||Chulalongkorn University, Thailand|
|49||Universiti Putra Malaysia|
|51||Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)|
|55||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)|
|61||Mahidol University – Thailand|
|63||Universiti Teknologi Malaysia – Malaysia|
|70||University of the Philippines|
|86||Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Indonesia|
|99||Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines|
Unfortunately I couldn’t find a regional list for the Shanghai rankings, but the Southeast Asian institutions in their top 500 globally appear as..
|83||National University of Singapore (NUS)|
|101-150||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU)|
|401-500||Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia)|
|401-501||Universiti Sains Malaysia (University of Science, Malaysia)|
|401-502||Universiti Malaya, Malaysia|
(Front of Mae Fah Luang University, Chiang Rai, northern Thailand)
But how well do these Southeast Asian universities really do? Is anyone sensitive to the gap (or perhaps chasm) between those at the top of the list and those further down? You can draw your own conclusion from the below quote.
“We categorise CU [Chulalongkorn University, Thailand] as world-class in the ‘national’ university division, not world-class in an ‘international’ university division…”
Now you know.