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QS Releases Top 50 Under 50 Rankings: Taiwan Tech Comes in 23rd

QS has recently released their Top 50 Under 50 rankings. Taiwan Tech came in 23rd. Image: United News

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Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has recently released the 2018 Top 50 Under 50 rankings. Nanyang Technological University retains the championship, followed by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The third place goes to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, which has been dubbed The MIT of South Korea.” The only university in Taiwan to be selected is Taiwan Tech, which comes in at 23rd. Taiwan Tech President Liao Ching-Jong maintains that first-class universities of science and technology will become the mainstream competitors all over the world. He hopes that the government will allocate more funding to help Taiwan Tech shine on the international stage.

 

The “Top 50 Under 50” released by QS is a celebration of young universities under 50 years old which have developed rapidly and demonstrated outstanding performance. Taiwan Tech is the top performer in Taiwan this year. President Liao said that Taiwan Tech boasts the highest number of international graduate students in Taiwan. The school not only offers all sorts of international exchange programs but also budgets more than 10 million NT dollars each year to subsidize over 200 students to go abroad for international exchange. The university offers a high percentage of English-taught courses, and international conferences are held regularly, creating a global village on campus and in laboratories. These are the empirical evidence of the school’s enhanced international competitiveness.

 

 “Universities of science and technology will become the mainstream competitors globally!” President Liao noted that the universities which are young and full of potential tend to be first-class universities of science and technology. Among the top five universities in the ranking, four are technological universities. In recent years, top universities of technology in Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea have made their way onto the QS World University Rankings, some of which include Nanyang Technological University (11th), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (30th), Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (41st) and Tokyo Institute of Technology (56th). This is because these universities are closely connected to the pulse of the economy and industry research institutions in their home country.

 

President Liao pointed out that the rise of universities of science and technology can also be noticed in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which top-notch universities of science and technology around the world have entered. According to the Global University Employability Ranking 2016, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was ranked 13th, Tokyo Institute of Technology was placed 20th, and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology was at 82nd. Ranked 73rd, Taiwan Tech was the only Taiwan university that made it into the top 100 in this ranking.

 

Liao noted that universities of science and technology in countries near Taiwan have received high scores in all kinds of rankings and indicators. They enjoy a high level of internationalization, smaller numbers of students, are closely connected to current work in fields of engineering and technology, and develop research fields with practical social and career applications. These factors, together with their close collaboration with industry, are common features that Taiwan Tech possesses. Compared to these universities, however, Taiwan Tech receives relatively little in funding resources, and it is his hope that the government can provide more financial support in the future.

 

Liao Ching-Jong pointed out the positive correlation between universities of technology and employability. Many universities of technology were upgraded from previous business or technological junior colleges, which were established to prepare students for the job market. In recent years however, owing to the decreased birth rate, every child is educated as an elite talent so that elite education has become general education. Therefore, the top priority should be to foster students employability. He believes that the general public should give up the preconceived idea that technological and vocational training is secondary to university education. He cited the example of elite education in India, which resulted in an outflow of talented young people to European countries and America. Hence, the government should focus more on students with STEM talents so that local industrial development can benefit.

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