Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) entered the top 801-1000 in the TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION 2020 ranking.

On September 11th, 2019 at 7 p.m.  GMT – or September 12th, 2020 at 1 a.m. Hanoi time , Times Higher Education (THE) published the  “THE World University Ranking – THE WUR”, in which  HUST was ranked in the top 801-1000 group, and Ho Chi Minh National University was in the top 1000+ group.

(Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2020/world-ranking)

THE WUR is  one of the most independent and reputable rankings, and its evaluation is based on 13 criteria which are classified into 5 groups:

  • Training (teaching and learning environment): 30%
  • Research (volume, income, and reputation): 30%
  • Citations (research influence): 30%
  • International outlook (staff, students and research): 7.5%
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer): 2.5%

“Almost all rankings  focus more on the research accomplishment rather than the training quality and its social influence. Specifically, the indicators of research volume, reputation and influence accountfor up to 60%, even  teaching efficiency is also based on the doctoral tranining volume (8.25%) and votes of high-achieving scholars in  research (15%)- which  reflects indirectly research capacity. If knowledge transfer and international publishing cooperation indicators are included, criteria that are either directly or indirectly related   to research account for more than 90%. Meanwhile, the indicators that most closely reflect the quality of training such as   students’ effort level,   students’ satisfaction level, the employment rate of  graduates,  level of income growth upon graduation have not been mentioned by any prestigious rankings. It is also an issue that we need to think about when building a development strategy, it is necessary to pay attention to all three core tasks of a university's mission: training, research and community service ”, said A. Prof. Hoang Minh Son – President of the university on THE WUR.

HUST is delighted that more and more Vietnamese universities are entering the international rankings. This means the goal  of having 4 higher education institutions in the world top 1000 according to the  Improving the Quality of Higher education 2019 – 2025” project (approved by the Prime Minister) was achieved 6 years earlier than planned. In the coming time, Vietnam’s universities need to cooperate more closely, comprehensively and effectively instead of only focusing on international cooperation.

The rankings of Vietnam’s universities in THE Ranking. Photo: timeshighereducation


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