For most Filipinos, having a good education from a very reputable school, college or university and earning that most sought-after degree is next to being priceless and the best heirloom. We hang our diplomas and all the medals or achievement in school in our living room. We give value to extensions to our name. We even sell our possessions just to get the education that we wanted.
Should we continue to be being proud of our diplomas knowing that for 2007, only two Philippine universities got into the latest global Top 500 ranking? Only University of the Philippines (398th) and Ateneo De Manila University (451st) remained in the rankings. In 2006, De La Salle University and University of Sto. Tomas made it to the list. But what happened in 2007?
The ranking is a measure of quality endeavored by The Times Higher Education Supplement – Quacquarelli Symonds (THES-QS). Universities all over the world are ranked according to the following criteria: peer review, student-to-faculty ratio, citation per faculty, employer (employability of graduates) review, and international faculty and students.
Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford are in the solid top three scoring almost 100%. As BusinessWorld Focus article has said, it’s foolish to compare our own to these Ivy League universities. But what’s saddening is to know that Indonesian universities as well as Thais, Indian and Malaysian universities ranked higher.
So what does this mean? It’s never too late to rethink and do something for our educational system. Needless to say, the government should always be in the forefront.
The ranking is not spared of criticisms and weaknesses. But then it should be an eye-opener for the system of higher education in our country.
More of the rankings here.