Ateneo is top PH university based on 2023 THE World University Rankings 

Photo from Ateneo de Manila University’s Facebook page

After placing in the 351-400 bracket, the Ateneo de Manila University (AdMU) has become the country’s top university based on the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings released on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

THE World University Rankings 2023, as stated on its website, included 1,799 universities across 104 countries and regions --- making it the “largest and most diverse university rankings to date.”

In a statement posted on its website on Oct. 12, Ateneo welcomed the result of the latest THE World University Rankings.

“This performance shows that Ateneo is at par with our foreign peers, an institution that is truly global yet firmly rooted in our Filipino, Catholic, and Jesuit identity,” said University President Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ.

“We're especially proud of the fact that, despite being a relatively small institution, we are the top Philippine university in the rankings,” he added.

Yap also noted that the THE result “only reflects what we have been doing all these years -- our dedication to our mission to educate and form future leaders, produce and enrich knowledge, and seek solutions to society's most pressing problems.”

“I am proud of the entire Ateneo community for this achievement, and may this motivate us further to do our best, rankings notwithstanding, to continue being a force for good in the world,” he added.

In the rankings, institutions were scored based on five pillars: Teaching (30 percent); Research (30 percent); Citations (30 percent); Industry Income (7.5 percent); and International Outlook (2.5 percent).

Of these, Ateneo had its highest score for Citations with 97, placing it at number 60 globally for the said pillar. This pillar, according to THE, focuses on an institution’s "role in spreading new knowledge and ideas," and "how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge."

Ateneo also had a significant score for Teaching (32.4). This metric, meanwhile, focuses on an institution’s learning environment: student-to-faculty ratio, reputation, number of postgraduates, and institutional income.

The University had an overall score of 45-46.9.

Previously, Ateneo de Manila was ranked in the 101-200 bracket of 2022 THE Impact Rankings which assesses institutions based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Other Philippine universities included in the 2023 list were the University of the Philippines with an overall score of 29.8-33.9. (801-1000 bracket); De La Salle University with an overall score of 18.4-24.3 (1201-1500 bracket) and Mapua University with an overall score of 10.4-18.3 (1501+ bracket).

Meanwhile, Cebu Technological University, Mindanao State University - Ilagan Institute of Technology, University of Santo Tomas, University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Tarlac Agricultural University, and Visayas State University were tagged as “Reporter” status meaning “that they provided data but did not meet our eligibility criteria to receive a rank, and agreed to be displayed as a reporter in the final table.”