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Jakarta Post

UGM among top 300 universities in the world, number 1 in Indonesia

  • Alya Nurbaiti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 10, 2020   /   05:59 pm
UGM among top 300 universities in the world, number 1 in Indonesia Over 8,000 new students of the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta form the UGM symbol during the closing ceremony of the week-long Success Learners Training for New Students (PPSMB) held at the university's Ghra Sabha Pramana Square on Aug. 12, 2017. (Courtesy of Gadjah Mada University/file)

Yogyakarta-based Gadjah Mada University (UGM) has joined the ranks of the world’s top 300 universities, moving up 66 places to land in 254th position on the 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which was released on Wednesday.

It ranked 320th out of 1,000 universities last year.

The rise in ranking puts UGM in the lead of eight Indonesian universities that are listed.

University of Indonesia (UI) is ranked 305th, followed by the Bandung Institute of Indonesia (ITB) at 313th place.

Airlangga University is ranked between 521st and 530th, Bogor Agricultural University between 531st and 540th, the November 10 Institute of Technology between 751st and 800th and both Bina Nusantara University and Padjajaran University between 801st and 1,000th.

The QS World University Rankings evaluates six parameters to score university rankings, namely academic reputation, employer reputation, number of citations per faculty, faculty-students ratio and the proportion of foreign students and international faculty members.

UGM’s rector Panut Mulyono expressed his gratitude over the university’s achievement.

“Although a higher ranking is not our ultimate goal, this achievement is proof that UGM is able to compete globally,” he said as quoted by the university’s website,

UGM’s quality control office head, Indra Wijaya Kusuma, said the upgrade would motivate the university and its faculty members to offer quality education to students.

“We will keep improving our quality of education and other aspects in years to come as the competition is getting tighter,” he said.

The United States' Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) claimed the number one spot. Meanwhile, the National University of Singapore is the top university in Asia at 11th place.