QS, an English higher education marketing company, published their 2020 ranking for top universities. A total of 11 Taiwanese universities rank among the top 500 universities in the world. The National Taiwan University is the only one listed among the top 100. It comes in at No. 69, which is three places up from its ranking last year.
In the 2020 QS World University Ranking the U.S.-based MIT, Stanford University, Harvard University occupy the top three spots. UK-based Cambridge University comes in at no. 4. The National Taiwan University (NTU) is the only institution from Taiwan that ranks among the top 100, it comes in at No. 69.
The research sector of Taiwan's high education system faces a number of challenges. They include the (lack of) willingness for graduate students to continue their studies in doctoral programs. The funding and resources for research projects are also lacking. We are seeing these changes reflected in the university ranking.
The NTU came in at no. 72 in last year's ranking. This year, the university has moved up three places because it has either kept steady or shown progress in five of the six major criteria, while it has seen a slight drop in the number of publication referenced. There are a total of 10 Taiwanese universities that stand among the top 500: The National Tsing Hua University comes in at no. 173, the National Cheng Kung University comes in at 225th and the National Chiao Tung University is no. 227. On the other hand, six universities from China made it to the top 100 . The Ministry of Education says that ranking does not reflect the quality of universities, and meanwhile it's drawing up policies to boost Taiwan's competitiveness in the field of education.
We hope that local universities would pick one of the benchmark institutions (on the list) and spend five years to catch up and even surpass that benchmark.
The NTU said that it won't take the ranking too seriously but will make adjustments accordingly. The Ministry of Education said that the funding for Higher Education Sprout Project will be increased by NT$1.3 billion, and that it will also invest NT$750 million in the Yushan project in hopes to strengthen the recruitment and retention of exceptional academic and research talent.