Monday, October 4, 2010

University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University Ranks, Spiral Down from 2009 Upbeat Performance- QS World University Rankings 2010

The top three universities in the Philippines failed to raise its rankings in the QS World University Rankings 2010.

Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) still beats University of the Philippines with an overall score of 36.4 out of 100 as compared to the latter's score of 35.9. However, it can be recalled that Ateneo de Manila University (UP) which landed on the 234th spot last year rapidly slid passed 73 universities to a shocking 307th . Meanwhile, UP embraced the 314th spot from last year's 262.

De La Salle University (DLSU)) also made it into the list, at the far bottom 451-500 slots.

The results are manifestations of a downward trend in the quality of tertiary education in the Philippines. It is, therefore, a challenge to the Aquino administration to support and increase the funding of state universities, and also, to work hand in hand with private universities, to raise the bar and encourage its students and constituents to aim high without the expense of higher pay in tuition fees.

Now that the SUCs (State Universities and Colleges) funds have been short of the funding it really needs, by cutting its budget to a great extent, it may be assumed that these SUCs will try to look for other profit-earning opportunities, thus leading to increase in tuition fees and other miscellaneous fees.

Spotlight Philippines is calling on the government to rethink the budget allocations it planned, and study the appeal of SUCs to hand them the suitable amount which would deem beneficial to all students, researchers, professors and the like. Remember, education is the key to an individual's success, and indirectly, to a nation's future.

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