By The Nation
Officially released on Thursday (Bangkok time), the World Reputation Rankings 2017 shows Harvard University on the No 1 spot. Coming next are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University.
Cambridge University and the Oxford University of the United Kingdom have shared the joint fourth place.
The best-ranked Asian university on the list is Tokyo University, which is ranked 11th.
The Tsinghua University of China claims the 14th spot, while Peking University – another Chinese institute – is awarded the 17th place.
“A striking feature of this year’s table is the continued rise of Asia, in particular China, whose universities are overtaking distinguished Western institutions including Imperial College London, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University,” Phil Baty, rankings editor, said.
He also pointed out that the University of Tokyo now has a stronger reputation than Columbia University.
The best-ranked Southeast Asian university is the National University of Singapore, which is in 27th spot.
No Thai institute is on the prestigious 100-institute list.
The rankings are based on the views of experienced published scholars, who are asked to answer questionnaires between January 2017 and March 2017, asking them to offer their views on the standards of teaching and research in their disciplines and in institutions that they are familiar with.
The responses were then used to determine which universities were considered the most prestigious.