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“Unsung heroes”: UP among 8 Asian universities shortlisted in new THE Awards Asia category for research excellence

June 5, 2020 | Posted by UP Media and Public Relations Office of the UP System

From its jump to 65th rank in the 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings—up 30 points from 95th in 2019—UP scores another win: being shortlisted for the 2020 THE Awards Asia THE DataPoints Merit Award category.

This was announced during the Virtual THE Live Asia webinar held on June 3, 10:00 a.m. London time, during which the 2020 THE ranking of Asian universities was released.

Shortlisted in this new category, UP is among eight Asian universities, out of a total of 489 universities that were ranked in the 2020 THE Asia University Rankings. According to the THEthe THE DataPoints Merit Award looks “at Asian universities that could be considered to be ‘unsung heroes’—those whose research excellence outpaces the recognition of their strength among the 10,000+ academics polled across the globe in our annual Reputation Survey.”

Universities were not required to send in submissions to be considered for this category. Instead, the shortlist was compiled after an analysis of world university data collected by the THE for its suite of rankings, revealing “aspects of university performance that are not necessarily obvious in our published rankings results.”

UP is the only university from Southeast Asia included in the shortlist for this category. The seven other universities shortlisted are: the American University of Beirut, Lebanon; Hunan University, China; King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia; Nankai University, China; Soochow University, China; Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China; and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), China.

The 2020 Times Higher Education Awards Asia was launched in 2019 “to celebrate the achievements of universities across the continent, building on the success of THE’s long-running UK-focused awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars of higher education,” according to the THE. The awards began with five categories last year, but has been expanded to ten categories this year.

UP broke into the top 100 universities in Asia for the first time last year (95th in 2019) after being ranked 156th in 2018, and 201-250 in 2017. The national university remains the highest ranked university in the country, with De La Salle University ranking within 301-350.

View the full list of the THE Asia University Rankings 2020 here.

Fedelynn M. Jemena

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