Could we still be proud of our diplomas?


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.

7 thoughts on “Could we still be proud of our diplomas?

  1. I’m not so certain about this, but a prof of mine told us before that these rankings are based on the post-graduate research universities do. She told us that UP is the most reputable school in the country due to its research and developments in the different fields of science.

    Pero yung mga mas importanteng bagay tungkol sa buhay, kadalasan, hindi natututunan sa kahit na anong classroom.

    : )

  2. It doesn’t matter whether none of our universities get to have a ranking. What is important is that we have a literate population that is progressive enough to embrace the world. 🙂

  3. @levantine – there is a criteria. you may check it out at the THES-QS site.

    @mugen – what do you mean by ‘progressive enough’?

    @kenna – hi 🙂

  4. > white
    I guess it should be adaptive instead of progressive… but yeah.. that’s part of the prob i think… we’re producing (and i mean PRODUCING) grads for the worldwide market not for our own country’s benefits… a big diff in the grads from even our neighboring countries…

  5. i must agree with mugen… the greater problem that we need to act upon esp. our governement, is providing education to everyone regardless of class, race or gender.

  6. @kenna – i agree 🙂

    @ewik – thanks for the follow up. yes, i agree with your statement. but then, one of those many, this ranking should be able to give that signal or gauge to our government to do something in our educational system especially in the basic education which i think would be very important and immediate.

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