UI the world's 201st-best

The University of Indonesia (UI) has risen in the rankings of the world’s best universities, published in the Times Higher Education, to 201 this year from 287 last year.

On its website, www.timeshighereducation.co.uk, UI was ranked fifth in the subcategory of top universities in Southeast Asia, after the National University of Singapore, Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, Thailand's Chulalongkorn University and Malaysia's Universiti Malaya.

"We rank higher than many prestigious universities in the world,” UI rector Gumilar Rusliwa Somantri said.

“In the social science category, UI ranks 102nd, and in arts and humanities, we came 104th."

Gumilar attributed the achievement to an improvement in the quality of the faculty.

"We sent 325 of our professors and researchers to study abroad this year," he said.

The university has published 10,050 papers this year, up from 9,050 in 2008.

At least 2,000 overseas students are now studying at UI, Gumilar said.

Indonesia is home to 82 state universities and more than 2,800 private universities. However, only three made it into the 2008 Times Higher Education top 400 universities. (bbs)

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