Only one public university from the Philippines – Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) – was ranked among the world’s best universities in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in a statement issued April 22, confirmed that the TAU is the only State University in the country that made it to the 2021 THE Impact Rankings.
“TAU has continuously improved its ranking among SUCs [State Universities and Colleges] and has achieved Level 4 status in the last CHED leveling exercise,” CHED Chairman J. Prospero E. De Vera III said.
The TAU, De Vera added, has also joined most of the internationalization programs of CHED – particularly with Canadian universities and has inked partnership agreements with seven Canadian colleges and universities. “This new ranking is the result of these efforts,” he added.
CHED said that TAU’s top three entries in SDG areas are in Gender Equality, Quality Education and No Poverty.
TAU is located in Camiling, Tarlac. Its major programs include agriculture, biosystems engineering, food technology, veterinary medicine, forestry and other agriculture-related programs, which cater to close to 6,000 students.
Meanwhile, TAU President Max P. Guillermo said that the international ranking of the university is a “testament of the leadership excellence” of our Board of Regents (BOR) headed by Dr. Ronald Adamat, the constant support of CHED through De Vera, the guidance of the CHED Director of International Affairs and concurrent OIC Executive Director Lily Freida M. Milla and the encouragement of CHEDRO-3 Director Maria Teresita Semana for TAU to “push its internationalization initiatives.”
Adamat, who is the Chairman of the TAU Board of Regents, also congratulated TAU. “I know firsthand how the board has worked together especially in providing much-needed guidance and support through pertinent policies, strategies, and approaches which led to the approval of the university’s Strategic Internationalization Program in 2018, in consonance with the CHED’s program of establishing and developing world class Philippine universities,” he added.
Adamat also noted that with this milestone, “TAU could now be a global player insofar as enabling and inspiring students to deliver their full potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development are concerned.”
Aside from TAU, four other well known private universities from the Philippines also made it in this year’s the THE Impact Rankings including Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU), De La Salle University (DLSU), University of Santo Tomas (UST), and Mapua University.