"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Philippine Universities and Mass Media

The QS World University Rankings® 2015/16 is now available. And GMANews reports that universities in the Philippines have dropped dramatically in the ranking. The drops in scores are shown to be huge.

Above copied from GMANews

It is true that Philippine universities have dropped in the QS ranking, but the drop is not as big as reported. The error comes from the fact that the report is using last year's ranking in Asia, explaining the huge disparity between the scores. Using the world ranking for last year, there is indeed a drop, but it is much less dramatic:

The news item has received three comments that are posted online. One says, "I am not sure which is more convincing proof of the decline of Philippine education: the drop in rankings of its top universities when measured against a global yardstick as asserted.....or the apparent poor basic reading comprehension skills of the assumably Philippine university-educated "journalist" of this article. Oh the irony."

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