Beyond the controversies and crisis, there’s still more reason to celebrate as the University of the Philippines beats other premiere universities around the world – including Harvard University, University of Oxford, and the University of Stanford – in the recent results released for the world rankings for health research citation. Garnering a score of 98.8 in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking, UP placed seventh in terms of clinical and preclinical health research citation.
In simpler terms, this ranking validates the number of times the researches made by the University of the Philippines appeared in other research outputs – an indicator of the impact or influence of the research project as these were utilized as references in making another succeeding breakthrough or innovation.
Tokyo Metropolitan University (Japan) topped the aforementioned ranking. It was followed by Aukland University of Technology (New Zealand) while UP ranked the seventh after Metropolitan Autonomous University (Mexico), Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan), University of Canberra (Australia), and Anglia Ruskin University (United Kingdom). And despite ranking the 6th in the overall World University Ranking and second for overall score clinical and preclinical health, Harvard ranked 37th in the citation category with a score of 87.4.The University of Oxford, on the other hand, placed 17th, Stanford University was on the 19th, and University of Cambridge placed 30th.
UP ranked 95th in the Asia University Rankings and 501 – 600th in the World University Rankings and 126 – 150thin the overall rankings in the fields of medicine, dentistry, and other health subjects. The Philippine Council for Health Research and Development remains supportive of the university’s project and researches in the fields of genomics, diagnostics, and drug discovery, among others.