Saturday, January 18, 2020

The best research universities in the Philippines in 2020

The best research universities in the Philippines are the University of the Philippines Diliman, University of the Philippines Manila, University of the Philippines Los Banos, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Visayas, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, Visayas State University, Silliman University, and Central Luzon State University.

The University of the Philippines Diliman is the country's best research university
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Except Silliman University, all 11 universities are members of the prestigious National Science Consortium of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute implementing the Accelerated Science and Technology Human Resource Development Program (ASTHRDP) graduate scholarships.

The ranking is based on the total number of publications and total ResearchGate Score (or RG Score) of each university extracted from ResearchGate this January 2020. The number of publications refers to the publications of ResearchGate members from each university while the RG Score is based on the research outcome appearing in the researchers’ profile and their interactions with other members and the reputation of their peers.

As can be seen from the table, the ranking changes especially in the lower 6 to 12 positions when it is based on the RG Score instead of total publications. It can be argued that the total publication is a more reliable basis of ranking the universities than the RG Score because of the lack of transparency on how the score is calculated. There are of course scientists who prefer to use the RG Score because it indicates the researchers’ impact.

ResearchGate is the world’s largest and most popular scholarly network with over 15 million members and access to more than 130 million publications.

Note: This is a ranking based on the research data (publications and RG score) for the Philippine universities that are available and easily accessible at ResearchGate. The author gathered the data and made the ranking. ResearchGate does not make rankings of institutions or scientists.--VBA 

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