Bangkok Post-May 10

Ten Thai universities are on the Times Higher Education’s Emerging Economies University Rankings this year, up from nine in 2017.

Two universities rank higher and two others retain the same ranking as last year.

Some 378 universities from 42 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and South America were listed.

Mahidol University led the Thai contingent, being ranked 76th, the same position as last year.

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi is ranked in 92nd place, down from 91st last year, while Chulalongkorn University fell from 117th last year to 126th.

Suranaree University of Technology moved up from 192th to 177th while King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang dropped from 145th to 181st.

Chiang Mai University’s ranking fell from 165th to

195th while Khon Kaen University which was ranked 200th last year, fell into the 201-250 bracket.

Kasetsart and Prince of Songkla universities this year are in the 251-300 group.

The newcomer to the list is King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok, which is placed in the 301-350 group.

Mahidol, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Chulalongkorn are among the top 10 universities in Asean, according to Times Higher Education (THE).

“Embracing global data benchmarking exercises like this is also hugely important in itself — they inspire the healthy competition, collaboration and global networks that drive up quality and standards for all,” he added.

He noted that Thailand sits among the countries with particular potential for success in higher education, having a combination of young populations, strong growth in higher education participation and expanding research output.

The f ull results and analysis are available at emerging-economies-university-rankings. Suchatvee Suwansawat, president of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand, said yesterday that the rankings should not be taken as a mark of substandard quality in Thai universities.

“Some universities may excel because they teach in one language, for instance, and some high-quality Thai universities have not appeared on the list,” he said.