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6 Bangladeshi universities in QS Asia ranking

  • Published at 02:02 am May 24th, 2019
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Dhaka University is at the top among the six Bangladeshi universities that made it into the QS Asia University Ranking 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

This is for the first time, since 2016, that six Bangladeshi institutes have secured positions among the best Asian universities

Although no Bangladeshi university could manage to secure a position in the Asia University Ranking 2019 of the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, six made it to the list of QS Asia University Ranking 2019.

This is for the first time, since 2016, that six Bangladeshi institutes have secured positions among the best Asian universities, according to the ranking.  

Among the Asia's 500 best universities, Dhaka University picked the 127th spot, followed by Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) on the 175th spot, according to the QS Asia University Ranking 2019, published on October 24 last year.

However, Dhaka University went three notches down as compared to its position (124th) in the QS Asia University Ranking 2018 while BUET, too, witnessed a major fall as it stood 135th. 

Brac University, North South University, and United International University ranked between 301 and 350, while  Daffodil International University found its position in the last 50, according to the latest QS Asia University ranking.

In the 2018 edition of the ranking, Brac University secured 228th position and North South University was ranked between 261 and 270.

The ranking featured a total of 498 universities from 17 countries where the National University of Singapore was on the topof the list, followed by the University of Hong Kong.

With 112 universities, Mainland China made the biggest impact having five of the universities in the top 20 – two more universities than the last year – all improving their positions. 

Japan is the second most represented country (89), followed by India (75) and South Korea (57). Among the South Asian countries, Bangladesh has the second lowest number of universities, ahead of Sri Lanka which saw only four universities make their way to the list.

Despite following 10 Indian and three Pakistani universities in the ranking, Dhaka University is well ahead of a number of universities in South Asia.

It is followed by University of Calcutta (India), ranked 134, COMSTAS Institute of Information and Technology (Pakistan), ranked 135, Jadavpur University (India), ranked 137, and University of Peradeniya (Sri Lanka), ranked 175. 

Dhaka University, often dubbed as the Oxford of the East, is also ahead of several other universities namely Beijing Jiatong University (China), ranked 139, International Islamic University of Malaysia, ranked 143 an Vietnam National University, ranked 144. 

In the 2017 ranking, it ranked 109, when BUET picked the 159th spot. 

Of QS and the ranking

The ranking is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a UK-based higher education marketing company.

It is prepared based on 11 indicators for 100 percentage points: academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty/student ratio (10%), international research network (10%), citations per paper (10%), papers per faculty (5%), staff with a PhD (5%), proportion of international faculty (2.5%) and proportion of international students (2.5%), proportion of inbound exchange students (2.5%) and proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5%).

The QS publishes the world university rankings annually since 2009 and highlights the top universities in Asia. The methodology used to create the Asia ranking is similar to that used for the QS World University Rankings, but with some additional indicators and adapted weightings. This set of criteria, developed in consultation with regional experts and stakeholders, is designed to reflect key priorities for universities in Asia, drawing on as much available data as possible.

Previously known as "Times Higher Education–QS World University Rankings", the publisher had collaborated with the THE magazine to publish its international league tables from 2004 to 2009 before both started to announce their own versions.