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Top 500 World’s Best Universities

Michael Tan’s Opinion column on the “World’s Best Universities” which he based on the Times Higher Education Supplement-Quacquarelli Symonds (THES-QS) World University Rankings provided so many insights on the state of Philippine Education . I’m glad to see that the universities of my two girls made it to the top 500 , including two other universities. We can’t compare the Philippines to America, Australia or the UK. Harvard is the number 1 school followed by Cambridge. But take look at Indonesia, a country less developed than the Philippines. It had three universities, all state-run, beating us in rankings

Let’s look at how the Philippines did. The University of the Philippines (UP) came in 299th globally and 47th among Asian universities. I have to say that’s not too bad, considering how UP has had to plod along with shrinking budgets and with the flight of so many good professors. Trailing behind UP were three private universities: De La Salle (392nd), Ateneo de Manila (484th) and, talk about a photo finish, the University of Santo Tomas at 500th.

With slashed budget from our government, it’s surprising that the state university is still alive and kicking. When I brought M around the UP campus as an incoming freshman, I was appalled at Palma Hall’s old chairs, broken windows, and dirty walls. It was as if they had not done any cosmetic renovation since I graduated over 30 years ago. I was confident that UP had dedicated professors inspite of the decrepit state of some classrooms. In the beginning, M’s heart was really not into the state university. She wanted to join her eldest sister at Ateneo. I insisted that UP is the better school and for economic reasons, it was the better option than Ateneo. I convinced her that her maternal grandmother was one of the pioneer students of the UP Diliman Campus. It was my mother’s legacy to pass on the values and great education that UP had to offer. After much tears and several arguments, she relented. Today , M is full of gratitude that she chose UP.

Now what about Ateneo? L is not too happy with Ateneo not because of the education but on the student mix. I’d rather not discuss that here because that is her personal opinion. As a parent, I’m not completely satisfied if the tuition fee investment is worth it. This is just one example. Ateneo does not have computerized or online registration. Maybe they had years ago but today, it does not exist. I know UP and La Salle has, and even the university where my husband is connected. Ateneans have to queue based on their random number on their scheduled day. Not only that , they have to go to the Ateneo campus to retrieve their grades. I know I am comparing UP and Ateneo but still, compare the semestral UP tuition of 7,000 pesos ($140) versus Ateneo’s 55,000 pesos ($1,100). As to the quality of education, I believe M gets a better deal compared to L. Education is not all about academics and campus activities. (*edit November 7-The latter sentence was misunderstood by an Atenean loyalist I think. What I meant in the last sentence was that the heterogenous campus mix in UP gives M a distinct advantage over L’s Ateneo’s student population. See first sentence of this paragraph. )

UP is still among the world’s best, but if we worked harder on the entire educational system, we should have more reason to be proud. Ultimately, we should be able to look at these university rankings as indicators of our current development strategies, as well as predictors of the country’s future.

Edit (November 21,2007) Based on the current Times Higher Education Supplement and QS Top Universities survey, only 2 universities in the Philippines make it to the top 500

1. UP drops from rank 299 to 398.
2. Ateneo now outranks La Salle taking the 451th rank
3. La Salle is not in the top 500 (now at 519)
4. UST drops out of the top 500 and is now at 535

Also read Low rankings for RP universities

UP, meanwhile, has not been giving data to THES-QS survey for two years, said Jose Wendell P. Capili, associate dean for academic affairs of the College of Arts and Letters, and yet it continues to rank. While something to crow about, there is a sense in UP that it’s still better than a number of universities on the THES-QS list. Many UP officials also feel the ranking is skewed toward schools with money, and that it does not have emphasis for fields such as arts and the humanities, Mr. Capili said.

But UP economist Solita C. Monsod said Philippine universities should treat the rankings as a “wake-up call.”

“[We should not have this] false sense of righteousness … everybody is being compared to everybody,” she told BusinessWorld.

Local universities should also not take offense that others in the region have a higher rank, because “it is what it is.” At least, the global rankings are a “consistent benchmark,” Ms. Monsod said.

208 thoughts on “Top 500 World’s Best Universities”

  1. thank God, among Philippine universities, UP is still the number one. well, i give my gratitude to the professors who, despite the offer of a greener pasture, did not join the exodus of state university professors to private academic institutions.

    i did not know that ateneo does not have an on-line registration. fortunately, UP Manila has an on-line registration process with guaranteed slots.

    i was also considering of going to the ateneo but who would not reconsider the cornucopia of money we would save.

    well, at least, the unreasonable school requirements espoused by the chronic cramming of UP students paid off. (maybe not all students) harhar

  2. Hi,

    My husband and his brothers being green-blooded, the default choice for my daughter’s university was DLSU, and she didn’t offer resistance to that. I did though because I thought Q.C. is such a far distance from Taft. Three years down the line, my daughter is happily working her Lit course, and has no regrets at all in being green.

  3. @aaron- it’s my number one too because it’s the alma mater of my mother, and my siblings except for one brother who went to Ateneo. That’s where I met my ex-boyfriend, now my husband 🙂 My daughter is a third generation UP student.

    @poppycock- It’s opposite for me. We live closer to La Salle but L chose Ateneo.

  4. Hi!

    Sorry if I’m aggravating anyone by posting this comment. But I must disagree.

    Though there is an extremely wide gap between the tuition fees of the two schools, UP and Ateneo, the per student-per unit spending is of a comparable amount. The only reason why tuition in UP is cheaper is because it is subsidized by the government. In short, money from the nation’s pocket.

    The big difference is that Ateneo students shoulder the whole of their education, unlike UP students.

    And just something on the side: wouldn’t it be shameful is a private university outranked the more prestigious state university? Just food for thought.

    And about this: “Education is not all about academics and campus activities.” If not, then what is it about. Computerized registration?

    And the Ateneo has computerized registration, for your information. We just don’t get to do it at home for very logical reasons.

    That’s all. Good luck with this blog of yours.

    1. —>And about this: “Education is not all about academics and campus activities.” If not, then what is it about. Computerized registration?

      –>>> this means than learning is not limited by the four corners of the classroom… UP offers a more varied options to students and does not spoon feed people on what to believe in…

      –>And the Ateneo has computerized registration, for your information. We just don’t get to do it at home for very logical reasons.

      –>> what kind of logical reason is that?

  5. !@martin- what about La Salle? it has comparable tuition with Ateneo, right? It is shameful that Ateneo’s facilties are below par compared to La Salle. No wonder Ateneo ranked lower than La Salle.

    and about ” “Education is not all about academics and campus activities.”

    I was not talking about computerized registration. What I meant in the last sentence was that the heterogenous campus mix in UP gives M a distinct advantage over L’s Ateneo’s student population. See first sentence of this paragraph. Majority of the Atenean students belong to middle or upper middle class. L’s exposure is limited inspite of their sc-called “immersion program”

  6. tita noemi:

    Yes, they do. Actually, my brother goes to La Salle.

    But there is controversy over the use of those facilities. And oh, I’m sure you’ve heard of their new ‘building.’ I guess it depends on the spending priorities of each university. In UP’s case, chairs and windows don’t seem to be too important. And for us in Ateneo, a majority of classrooms don’t even have air-conditioning.

    Anyway, to leave all the this-school-is-better-than-that-school-even-though-this-school-has-lower-tuition argument, I think it is important to ask where the problem lies really?

    Is it the government at fault? And if it is, what should be done.

    Something more:

    Yes, you could say that I am a loyal Atenean. I friggin’ love the school. It is the most prestigious. I’m not sure if it is the best, but I believe it is the most prestigious in the country.

    And I don’t know with that student population thing. Some say that the extremes of the student population in UP is a disadvantage. But personally, it is an experience I’d like to have.

    And last, I chanced upon your blog when I searched for the UP Tuition Raise Issue in the internet. That thing with the 300% tuition fee increase.

    That’s all.

    1. “And for us in Ateneo, a majority of classrooms don’t even have air-conditioning.”
      How come your tuition reaches the moon and not all of your classrooms are air-conditioned? But I agree your school is the most prestigious though. Academically Ateneo does fare better than La Salle to me.

  7. Magandang araw. Hindi ako galit at pabor sa mga nabanggit na
    paaralan ng ating mga bloggers, pero sumasangayon ako sa mga
    ilang nabanggit ni martin. Ang UP pinopondohan ng gobyerno kaya nga mura ang tuition nila. Hindi katulad ng DLSU at ADMU na pera ng mga estudyante o ng pamilya nila ang pang tuition. Sagot rin po ng gobyerno ang kuryente, tubig, at telepono ng UP.

    Nais ko rin pong malaman kung nalibot na ninyo ang buong Ateneo at La Salle upang sabihin ninyo na mas maganda ang La Salle sa mga imprastraktura kaysa sa Ateneo? Maganda po ang La Salle dahil nakita ko na ito, mayroon silang mga pasilidad na wala sa Ateneo, ngunit ganoon din po ang Ateneo. Mayroon sila na wala sa La Salle. Hindi ninyo naman po puwedeng ikumpara ang hindi pa ninyo GANAP na nalilibot na lugar sa isa pa. Gusto ko rin pong sabihin na iba ibang bildings ang ginagamit ng mga estudyante para sa kurso nila. Katulad ng Liberal Arts ng La Salle sa Yuchengco Hall at Management ng Ateneo sa JGSOM bldg. Baka po kasi iba ang kurso at bilding ni L. at iyun lang po ang naging basehan ninyo.

    Naniniwala po ako na mas mayaman ang UP sa admu at dlsu dahil nga galing sa bulsa ng mga taong nagbabayadng taxes ang panggastos nila. At ang mga salaping ito ang ginagamit ng DepEd para tustusan ang UP. Nakakabagbag-damdaming isipin na hindi balanse ang pag pondo ng DepEd sa mga public schools.

    “Education is not all about academics…” Gusto ko pong malaman kung ano ang edukasyon para sa inyo? Iyon lang po.

  8. @Miguel- for the sake of my global readers, I will reply in English. I have toured both Ateneo and La Salle. La Salle and Ateneo has its own niche or specialty. . La Salle seems to be excellent in IT and finance while Ateneo is strong in the Arts, and management. UP is strong in most courses. My opinion is based on my personal experience n or my daughter’s experience. After all this is my blog. I cannot speak for others. I am not the expert on college education. I talk based on my experience and perception . I am not an authority of college education. My entry is not the gospel truth. Other parents have their own opinion. I hope you can discern the difference of this blog entry and a research on top universities. REPEAT: my blog is just a commentary on the article, TOP 500 universities in the world. Get it?

    Education is not limited in the classrooms . We learn from our classmates and our teachers outside the classroom experience. With the heterogenous mix of UP students, one has more exposure to the real world compared to Ateneo students. It is a known fact that 90% of Ateneans are in the middle to upper middle class income.

  9. I’m proud I chose the University of the Philippines over other universities.

    I graduated from the UP College of Business Administration some four years back and now I’m residing in Chicago. I’ve always wanted to finish an MBA course in the states and because my family is here in Illinois, I just chose the nearest most prestigious university instead of going to pennsylvania for wharton or to massachusetts for harvard…

    The University of Chicago had been a consistent TOP 10 university in the world. When I applied last year for my MBA, I was really surprised that the university only credits/considers undergraduate degrees from only one university from the philippines; the University of the Philippines Diliman.

    I could never claim that UP is the best just because of this instance. I’m just happy I made the right choice back then.

    Now, just one more year to go, and I would finish my MBA here. I plan to go back to my beloved home, Pilipinas and expand my business that my wife and I started here in the states. Also, I want to teach in UP part time. I would never forget what my business policy professor told me (Dr. Manuel Alba – former budget minister of the philippines), “So, you are proud because you are a UP student? Just imagine what UP professors feel about themselves.”

  10. Hi Noemi. I have been reading your very interesting blog…
    Yes its really disappointing that the Philippines top universities are ranked lower than Indonesia which was very behind the Philippines 35 years ago…however the truth is the Philippines is so much behind Indonesia now in terms of progress and economic prosperity; and that is proven by the many highly educated Filipino professionals who are now living and working in Jakarta. Most of these highly paid professionals are employed by the biggest oil companies in the world and multinational companies, and many are also teachers in local schools or international schools based in Jakarta…even the teachers are highly paid and in U.S. dollars so they are all able to enjoy a quality of life which they won’t be able to in Manila. my brother who is a MBA graduate of AIM in Manila has been working for the second biggest conglomerate (an oil company) in Jakarta for 10 years now, and during his yearly visits to Manila with his family, he has seen the differences and how much progress Indonesia has really gone through the years… it’s really sad but that’s reality which I believe not many Filipinos are aware of… the Philippines cannot even compete with Indonesia which is an oil producing country and which has really surpassed our country for the past 2 decades. that is the reason why so many of the highly educated professionals end up working there enjoying a better quality of life with all the amenities of expat living.

  11. I personally think that the THES-QS TOP University list is about biases and popularity. They also arbitrarily put Australian and British universities far more than it deserves. And, who are the people voting and rating the surveys? Those who are from the Western Universities. Biases will always be there. If I were from University of Oxford, of course, I would prefer to give a better rating that Kyoto University.

    There are also indicators in the list that should no longer be considered – like the proportion of international faculty and international students. Is this necessary in the list? I don’t think so. I don’t believe that having a great number of faculty members or students from oversease would make a university a good one. There are schools in the Philippines that do not accept international students… they should also take into account other universities in the Philippines…

    And, what about the graduate employability? Do they have the statistics that actually reflects the number of graduates in relation to their marketability? Again, if I were a businessman from Harvard, I would think that more Harvard graduates would get the job than the graduates of University of California…

    The indicators and the way the methods are done primarily reflect the opinion of the respondents – who are actually Americans, Australians and Britons – who would vote in favor of their universities.

    On the other hand, in the Academic Rankings of the World 2006 by a Chinese University, NOT EVEN ONE Philippine university made it to the list… How sad!!!

  12. I personally think that the THES-QS TOP University list is about biases and popularity. They also arbitrarily put Australian and British universities far more than it deserves. And, who are the people voting and rating the surveys? Those who are from the Western Universities. Biases will always be there. If I were from University of Oxford, of course, I would prefer to give a better rating to University of Oxford than that of Kyoto University.

    There are also indicators in the list that should no longer be considered – like the proportion of international faculty and international students. Is this necessary in the list? I don’t think so. I don’t believe that having a great number of faculty members or students from oversease would make a university a good one. There are schools in the Philippines that do not accept international students… they should also take into account other universities in the Philippines…

    And, what about the graduate employability? Do they have the statistics that actually reflects the number of graduates in relation to their marketability? Again, if I were a businessman from Harvard, I would think that more Harvard graduates would get the job than the graduates of University of California…

    The indicators and the way the methods are done primarily reflect the opinion of the respondents – who are actually Americans, Australians and Britons – who would vote in favor of their universities.

    On the other hand, in the Academic Rankings of the World 2006 by a Chinese University, NOT EVEN ONE Philippine university made it to the list… How sad!!!

  13. In the Philippines, we regard Ateneo as one of the top universities… in what area or field? I only know one or two field they are good at, and that is LAW and PHILOSOPHY… will these two things be good enough to consider them a top university?

    DLSU is good at Engineering and some Sciences.

    PLM is good at Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Accountancy, Social Work.

    PUP and FEU are both OK.

    UST is good at Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing, Architecture and Physical Therapy.

    Of couse, UP is the best so far… it has the biggest budget of all universities and it performs well in most licensure exams.

  14. Each school has its own strengths and weakness.

    And on the issue of other countries getting ahead of Philippines, I found out this morning that our beloved nation is not the largest English-speaking country in Asia anymore. We are now behind India. Thus, making us the 4th largest English-speaking nation in the world.

    OMG. What’s been happening to the Philippines?

  15. Kahit san school kapa, importante maka-graduate! Tapos! Overratted ang UP, La salle at Ateneo. Hindi naman lahat ng galing diyan magagaling. Kasi ako galing nang Mcgill University ha! Loko lang!

  16. As a student from DLSU. It is sad to hear that many people think that DLSU is only ranked higher than Ateneo among private universities because of the greater availability of facilities. La salle deserves that spot not just because of its sophisticated learning and campus equipment, it is because of the better availability of courses offered to its students. An example is the engineering departement of La salle which ranks superb against what Ateneo has. Another course offering is Accounting which Ateneo doesn’t offer. There are many more to mention. I sincerely believe that UP is the leading university in the country (Base on what I conclude from SURVEYS and OPINIONS of OTHERS). It could have increased its ranking further if only the government would properly allocate funds for the recreation of the school grounds. But unfortunately knowing the Philippine political system, it is hard to expect.

  17. Hello to all the bloggers! Actually, i will not comment on anything, knowing that i haven’t experienced what “university life” is yet. I’m a graduating high school student this year and I do need your thoughts because, right now, i’m having second thoughts on which university to pursue. I got accepted at UST(bspsych&acct.) and ADMU(abpsych). And reading the rest of your blogs, its very easy to get confused. you all had some valuable things to say that left me thinking again and again. God bless to all of you and thank you for taking time to read my blog.

    P.S. my mom wants me to pursue Ateneo. she said that Ateneo students stand out everywhere because of high standards of education

  18. —> “THE HARVARD OF THE PHILIPPINES”– these are the words rightful for the ATENEO…. for it is the most prestigious and (against all odds) probably the best university here in the Philippines. WHY? because of its characteristics very distinct from other universities like UP and DLSU…. in the first place, Ateneans need not to debate on this matter for ATENEO gives what’s best and what’s right for its students…. ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE, VALUE FORMATION, EXTERNAL LINKAGES, COMPETENCE AMONG FELLOW UNIVERSITIES.. name it and ATENEO has it… maybe.. UP performs better than ateneo in terms of academic rankings, but in truth, UP does not inculcate in its student the values essential to this society… they tolerate their students’ liberalism which often lead to their what-they-say as “radicalism”.. UP failed on this matter.. so what will happen to our country if all of its intellectual graduates (who sooner or later will be our political leaders)are radical?? try to think… and ONE THING MORE!! Entering UP system is not that difficult at all. Why?? sometimes students just choose NON-QUOTA COURSES and eventually SHIFT to the courses they want… unlike the ATENEO that requires you to beat the BEST OF THE BEST FROM ALL THE OTHER SCHOOLS IN THE COUNRTY, just to enter in their university…. Now DLSU, on the other hand, is nothing compared to ATENEO.. they usuallly boast their STATE-OF-THE-ART Facilities but i’m not convinced on the way they form their students intellectually and behaviorally.. their students, most of the times, get too boastful!! I get so IRRITATED with them… and i know some cases that they actually acquire students that are not as competitive as the Ateneans; for, they tend to easily give-in to “RECONSIDERATIONS” to those students who failed in their exams.. i know i’m not in the “college life” yet but i think i’ve weighted schools quite enough and i’ve research enough to say that i,indeed, have a heart to the ATENEO.. i’nm sorry if i had to express my opinions against la salle and up… but i’m just driven by my emotions to the different comments and the article itself. that’s why i seem not to pursue my pol. sci course in UP for i tend to be radical on my opinions and actions…

    … maybe i still have a lot to debate in my mind… i have worries about picking the wrong university for me… 75% of my decision goes with ADMU while the other 25% is brought by the influences of the outside forces telling me to go to UP, DLSU-M, UST, DLSU-D, and UA&P… Damn.. i’m really confused..

    1. Miss Lie, your name says everything about what you blurt out.

      Harvard, like UP, has an open and liberated atmosphere.

      Harvard, like UP, is the most famous and most prestigious university in its home country.

      Harvard, like UP, has a diverse student body.

      Harvard, like UP, accepts only the best of the best students.

      Harvard, like UP, has avery rich and well-respected professional schools.

      Harvard, like UP, is great at all academic levels — undergrad, grad, and postgrad.

      Ateneo is good, but it’s different from Harvard. For one, it is a religious school affiliated with the Jesuits. It has a high school and is exclusive for boys. (Harvard does not discriminate gender and sexes.) Ateneo uses blue as its schools color. (Harvard has crimson which is almost similar to UP’s maroon.) UP was founded by some American scholars who were all Harvard alumni.

      I would think Ateneo is more of a Georgetown or Boston College than a Harvard. UP is more of a Harvard than Ateneo is. Anyone who would think Ateneo is like Harvard must be out of his mind. Probably is delusional.

    2. Obviously, with such crab mentality, you are not from UP or Ateneo. I can see that you are an ateneo fan.

      You have no right to say that UP failed in forming values because you have no pertinent knowledge to say that! You have no idea on how UP profs teach their students and must be a UP student to know how our profs teach us to love and sacrifice for our country.

      In that matter, you might not deserve to be an Atenean. If Ateneo is, the closest competetor of UP, their students must be atleast prudent on what they say.

      Only an Iskolar ng Bayan can know what UP has really to offer! Remember that, before you say anything else, you don’t know anything yet

  19. I’m also a graduating high scool student this year. As of now, I’m still confused on what university to go to. I was accepted at ADMU(BS legal management),UP(BS bio),UST(BS nursing),siliman(BS med tech), and Southville foriegn colleges(BS International business, BS International marketing)… After reading this blog, i got more confused!!

    Everyone i ask tells me to go to ADMU.. They say it’s the best and that i will have no problem in finding a job when i graduate there…

    Anyway, i still have a few more weeks to decide.. I will surely consider everything i have read here…

  20. Bam said:

    Each school has its own strengths and weakness.

    And on the issue of other countries getting ahead of Philippines, I found out this morning that our beloved nation is not the largest English-speaking country in Asia anymore. We are now behind India. Thus, making us the 4th largest English-speaking nation in the world.

    OMG. What’s been happening to the Philippines?

    Ridiculous. India has more than a billion people. Theyve always had more English speakers (being a British Colony and all) than us. Complaints and rants like this confirm how low we’ve sunk.

    i am a highschool senior, i am confused with what school i’ll be entering in my tertiary life..
    here’s my choices.. pls help me…
    i passed..
    UP Diliman- b.a political sci.
    ADMU- ab-ma poli. sci (honors program)
    DLSU-M – bs legal mgt.
    UST – poli sci
    UA&p – ab-ma political economy
    DLSU- ab poli sci….

    i’m asking for all your opinions…
    okay i’ll explain my situation…
    i passed up and la salle, i belong to the top 15% of Ateneo..
    i am among the top 100 passers of USt, i am among the top exminees at ua&p… now… my scholarship was denied in Ateneo and i was devastated for i can’t afford to study there eventhough i regarded admu as my dream school.. UP system has increased about 300% of its tuition.. but the University of asia and the pacific granted me the merit scholarship which covers 100% tution and misc. fees and all.. i have nothing to pay.. but the deadline for the scholarship agreement is feb 26 and that’s freakin’ close!!! i don’t want that schlrshp be put into waste but i can’t afford losing ateneo.. i also have financial prob so i can’t just choose any of the schools… please… help me… decide

    1. If I were you lie, you have to follow what your mind dictates….don`t depend on what other opinion becuase it will only makes you confuse….You said that you`r good then show it>>>>

  22. Go UP. I am sure they have financial aid. Just show your Income Tax Return of your parents. Though UP increased tuition, it’s still way below Ateneo. If I am not mistake, 25,000 pesos per semester. Ateneo is at least 52,000 a semester. You are so blessed to have passed all the best schools. Still UP is the best.

    My daughter who is now in second year UP BA Psych cried when I told her I couldn’t afford Ateneo. I told her to study at UP since it is a quality school anyway. She often tells me that she is happy she chose UP.

  23. the UP culture is really different though. I went to a UP-run high school so the transition wasn’t that shocking, but I’ve seen people from public schools whose heads really spin once they see the demographics.

  24. As an HR practitioner, I believe that graduates of UP,ADMU,DLSU and UST easily get employed. However, choosing the right course for college really depends on your values and plans in the future. If you feel like migrating to the US or Canada, the best thing to do is take a Nursing course. Between UP and UST, the latter is better. If you feel like migrating in the US or Canada for broad reasons, take any course in UP. You see, it all depends on your values.

  25. To everyone here: be careful of what you say for you may ruin your own school. My point? My point is by having such comparisons, we are implying that we’ve learned from our schools that the benefit of education solely depends on one’s school. Think about those who don’t have the opportunity to study. All they want is to finish even though it means getting through an unpopular college.

    Honestly, I’m quite sick of all these comparisons. Don’t ask me where I had come from. I can just tell you that I’m from one of those schools being compared with each other. People never really see the bigger picture here. We go to college for our future. Isn’t it enough that we are gifted with such benefits? Are we implying that we are greedy for such honor? That we want more and more for ourselves?

  26. i lyk ur point light!
    come to think of it, college education in a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY like the Philippines is no longer a right but a Privilege. So why become honour-greedy?!
    Ateneo, La Salle, and UST are all Catholic schools. Did Catholicism teach us about giving God thanks to what we have?
    to the UP students, haven’t your professors thought you that you have a big responsibility over all of these priviliges the State is giving you?!

    even though i aint a student of any of these prestigious schools, i am happy that i am able to go to school. and i am proud that a will be graduating in april 20, as a reciprocated all the sacrifices my parents have done by doing what is expected of me as a student.

    i will just stress this out: it is not the school where you took that program, but how you behave while you were still a student! Success considers background , but greatly depends on the ability of the person to adopt!!!!

  27. There are probably more english-speaking indians because of their population but believe me PINOYS are better. I can assure you that if you had a chance to work with them, you’ll know what I mean!!!
    I am a proud Engineer from DLSU but even if I graduated from DLSU, I feel bad that the Phil education system is not recognize anywhere else (except nurses bec they can work as nurses). I really hope that the educational system in the Philippines will be improved and will be comparable with other nations. Imagine, our highschool grads cannot even enter universities abroad because we only have 10 years of primary and secondary educ. This is why we were behind other nations. I know some people who studied abroad – they have to enroll in college for two years before they can pursue their studies in other countries or like the rich ones, they study in an international school. I tell you, whether you are graduate of UP, La Salle or Ateneo, the international community does not recognize our graduates especially engineers. I was just lucky to be able to work as an engineer because of my experience but believe me my rates are way below than those who studied in other countries.

  28. HI everyone!
    I’m also confused regarding what university to choose…
    I passed:
    UP Diliman – BS Psych
    ADMU – AB Comm
    UST – BS Psych and AB Behavioral Science

    Actually, I’m down between UP and Ateneo.
    Passing in UP Diliman is definitely laborious because of the UPCAT but I can’t deny that ADMU is also not permeable when it comes to choosing students.

    But here are some scenarios…
    The gov’t withdtrawn its state subsidy to UP, thus forcing UP
    increase its tuition to 300%.
    ADMU gave me a 100% scholarship.

    Oh no… I’m having a headache… (sigh)
    Please help me to choose the best choice.

  29. Mark: Pick in terms of the course. A good student will be a good student as long as he/she goes to a competent school (Id like to think that all four schools that you mentioned are good). AB COMM and BS PSYCH are two totally different fields. Most Psych grads find themselves going to Medicine after graduation.

    had a well-written article regarding UP. Let’s face it, we all know that UP is great, but sometimes, people exaggerate and get carried away.

  30. Mark: If I were in your shoes, I’d choose the course that I’d really like to study. The choice of degree will have a lifetime impact. Do you want to regret the course you studied for the rest of life? I know a lot people (including myself) who think we should have taken another course.

    If you can pay the fees skip the scholarship. The savings seem a lot because you were calculating based on ADMU’s tuition fee rates. Think about this, if you to go ADMU, you’ll need to maintain your scholarship. Granted that you are smart enough to keep it, still there will always be a chance to lose it, you may not end up saving in the end.

    Hope this helps! =)

  31. @mark-just follow your heart… there is no best school… but there is the best school for you…. as for me, i turned down UA&p’s scholarship offer and their stipends and dorm lodging and everything.. just to study in the Ateneo…. we are lucky to have this privilege… enjoy tertiary life… =)

  32. The surevey is a hoax. data are inaccurate. UP, Ateneo and UST could have ranked higher if the information sent was accurate and fair. kudos to up dlsu ateneo and ust

  33. Go on and bicker…UST is still the best for me…It’s a mix of all types of people…Walang inferior/superior factor unlike with DLSU and ADMU…It’s just plain fun…hahaha…:)

  34. Hi, good day

    I think the reason why UP is just ranked 299th in the world is because the organization who conducted the survey also considered the facilities of each universities together with the quality of graduates, number of research and thesis produced
    and of course the number of professors in that particular University. And we know that even if UP is being subsidized by
    the State,still our budget is not even comparable to that of
    Ateneo or Lasalle. That explains why Ateneo and LaSalle have better facilities.

    So maybe the general ranking of UP went down because of its facilities. But we may concede that the kind and amount of facilities that a University have should not be equated to the quality of education given by the University.
    UP could have a higher rank if it just have the same kind of facilities that Ateneo and Lasalle have ( sige na nga UST na

    Just my idea..

  35. guys!! wag kaung mgtalo!!! im a proud Thomasian,,but i must have to accept that UP,Ateneo and Lasalle surpass and leading our way… The overall ranking was.. UP,LASALLE,ATENEO,UST… cut behind the rest… but in terms of licensure examinations… UP,UST,LASALLE,ATENEO… UP has the most number of courses(330) while UST has (188) Lasalle (77) and ATENEO (53).. SEE??

  36. GUys!Base on my experiences everything is depedns on the students, what type of students,ya if you got a good teacher and facilities then its a resources to make learning easy but everything on the students, as a students you must invest hardworks if you want to succeed…schools only is a guidance fro your future…If the students really want to become an Engineer for example then he must invest for it…guys today its a information age, you can find information on the web already…anyway I am from La Salle also, BS Coe…:)

  37. i just read all the bickering here. now i’m suffering from a headache.

    i think it’s a normal to defend to their own alma maters but not to the point where the other schools get bashed. we shouldn’t compare. after all, each school has their own fortes.

    i’m from a UP highschool and i studied in UPD for 2 years—before transferring to the ADMU. please don’t give me the ‘you’re-crazy-why-the-heck-would-you-do-that’ speech because i’ve already received loads of it. i have fellow ADMU transferees from UP as well.

    i won’t say the reason why i did such thing, but it just goes to show that people have their own preferences and that we shouldn’t be blinded by the popularity of the schools. we shouldn’t choose a school solely because other people label them as the best. we should also consider our education (the course that we’re going to take) and more importantly, if we’re going to be happy during our four-year stay in that school.

    last thing. graduates of these top universities who are lazy and with no knowledge on how to “handle” things, are most likely to be beaten by graduates in “so-so” universities who are hardworking and “may diskarte sa buhay”. but that’s just my opinion.

  38. hey amy, i too have a couple of friends who transferred from u.p. to ateneo.

    took the ateneo exam in ’96 but went to study in the states. then came to the philippines in ’97 and went to ateneo (didn’t take the entrance exam anymore again since they said i was a merit scholar in the ’96 exam).

    was ateneo all that great? well, i honestly believe that i learned more reading books and magazines and newspapers in the rizal library than in any of my classes. would it be any different if i went to u.p. or la salle or u.s.t. for example? i doubt it.

    i’m not saying ateneo sucks or philippine schools sucks. it’s just that the philippine educational culture focuses more on theory and memorization rather that practice and application. it a shame that the system generally rewards people who memorizes what they don’t understand and punishes those that understands what they did not memorize.

    another thing, boredom. most of my classes in ateneo were boring as hell, save for p.e. class perhaps. i don’t know why they have to make it so boring and uninteresting. only a few professors are even worth paying attention too, and they are all in the philosphy field. i agree 100% with fritz redl when he said “boredom will always remain the greatest enemy of school disciplines.”

    in contrast, i studied a year in the states and i was actually excited going to class everyday. most classes were like watching discovery channel (which by the way is a favorite of mine). my chemistry professor dr. wallace worked part time (sometimes even during our lab class) as like the c.s.i. lab dude for the police. we were also the first batch required to bring our own laptop to computer class so it was cool. government class was i think the only boring class i had there so i always just leave a tape-recorder with my 40-year-old classmate (i was the youngest in that class because i chose a night class to free up my whole friday for gimik time) so he can record the whole class for me.

    sorry for all the kwento. just reminiscing. anyways, i am a firm believer in the notion that one makes his own education, not a particular school or college. and i believe you have to be really interested in what you are studying to make college education work for you. i think c. wright mills’s quote sums up what i’m trying to get at: “the aim of the college, for the individual student, is to eliminate the need in his life for the college; the task is to help him become a self-educating man.”

    good luck to everyone.

  39. im a UP student.. but i will transfer to NTU.. ano ba yan.. mas maganda pa ang quality ng education ng taiwan sa pilipinas.. im not yet decided naman.. pinagpipilian pa ang national taiwan university, seoul national university o university of wollongong in australia.. 😀

  40. Hello people! I’m a Mombugakesho Scholar in Japan. I am well aware that UP and other big universities in the country didnt rank well and by reading all the related blogs you seem to be knowledgeable of the reasons behind this issue. Since I am in this country, the home of the top university in Asia except for the most recent ranking, I have observed how their schools work. Their universities dont focus upon academics but on RESEARCH. All graduating students in colleges and universties are required to produce research before they can earn their degrees. In the final year of the students, they get very few classes so they can give more time to their research. My classmates for instance have only one subject left and all the rest of their time should be used for their individual research. So we can imagine how many research would they be able to generate per year! This does not include yet the researches done in Graduate and Post-Graduate schools. Of course the number of rsearch decreases as the level goes higher especially in the Phils. With this strategy of Japan’s universities they can really make it to the top. There are of course other significant reasons but this one is something our universities dont simply have.

  41. In the Phils we only make RESEARCH if we want to pursue higher education but in Japan it’s different, all students must do a research before graduating in college. In addition to that, in our country we can only do research or thesis if we pass first the dreadful comprehensive examinations. There r of course some courses which dont follow this rule but majority of the graduate courses would require this which many of the students find impossible and discouraging. In Japan all u have to do is to make sure u know your topic well and ur willing to do and to finish the research before the school year ends no more no less. If we could do the same in the Phils for sure we will conquer Asia.
    As with the teaching abilities of the Japanese professors, it has been studied that most of them are have poor teaching abilities. Compared with my Professors in PNU, they wont stand a chance. Students themselves find them boring and traditional. Japanese only excel because they have the means to carry out their research but if we will compare Filipinos and Japanese Professors, the former will emerge as more skillful, knowledgeable and creative. The difference is that majority of Japanese are extremely hardworking. They dont stop until they get what they want. Anyway the bottomline is let us not despair, Filipinos dont rank low. The ratings wont really tell the truth. We know better than them!

  42. i’m so thankful that i was admitted to UP. i love everything here! the community, the culture, and of course, the academe! definitely home for the intellectuals…if you pass the UPCAT exam, think no more…after your stay in UP, u might find yourself again in this blogsite writing: thank God i chose UP.

    1. surveys can be misleading and biased…let’s show them the truth. let’s keep on keeping on!

      UP’s awesome!

      and as someone who’s got siblings who graduated from DLSU & ADMU…

      it doesn’t really matter what school you’re from! it’s never been an issue in our family. i was also from a DLSU school who got a scholarship to an ADMU HS summer program. i think i’m pretty authorized to speak on this issue.

      it’s what you do with your degree that MATTERS~~~!
      stop bashing other schools esp. if you haven’t even tried studying there yourself. for a more balanced discussion try mentioning both the pros & cons instead. stop letting the green-eyed monster rule your judgment.

      THOUGH UP may have a bigger budget (though I doubt this now…aside from the high tuition fees, ADMU & DLSU also gets lots of funding from their own networks)….the UP system’s also bigger–it’s got a lot of employees, more facilities to maintain…kung marami ba namang pera e di perfectly manicured na sana yung lawns dun.

      who says UP doesn’t inculcate values to its students? we get stereotyped as RADICALS just cause people are not used to the kind of concepts that the students there think of. we’re just MORE TOLERANT when it comes to different points of view. this way, more lively discussions emerge…hindi yung bawal na agad kaya di na agad mapag-usapan…different points of view are welcome there. conservatives, liberals, innovators–all are welcome there:)

      ANYWAY, DOESN’T THIS COUNTRY NEED INNOVATORS (aka radicals)- people who go against the flow – to actually bring change to this country?

      sorry, i’m not mad. just making a point, though did it with waaay too much passion. haha.

  43. Hello everyone.I am a foreign student who is very much interested in the people and culture of the philippines.
    Philippine is a great nation but to my utmost surprise,a lot of you do not appreciate what you have and on the contrary,rant and compare your universities.Is it not obvious to you that the people who compare and rank these so called ”world’s best unversities” are alumni and associates[practically] of the same universities.

    Look at the university of Cape town,the best university in Africa,was ranked worldwide at number 397..Get to this university,take a look at the facilities, find out the performance of thier graduates in various fields…… will be surprised to find that most of them are far much better in productivity than those from Chicago and Yale.

    So what criteria do these ”analyst” use to rank universities?……..Is it not obvious that much of the criteria is predefined by location,prejudice,loyalty,popularity and ”neighbourhood”?

    Stop blaming your institutions and concentrate on how you can make Philippines a better Philippines for the next generation.Let them rank and rank and rank in thier bureacracies..Forget it and go ahead with transforming your nation………………third world is not the best description for Africa and some Asian countries like the Philippines…………….we deserve better


  44. Ateneo is a disappointment because, as a graduate of that school, I find the curriculum to be too application-oriented, in the sense that, student vision and thinking are bounded by practical theory. I find that I am being smothered with real-world practice that I am unable to see the potential in developing and expanding these theories that were thought to me. That school does not foster critical, hypothetical, thinking, which, i think, is the basis of research and what makes great thinkers. Just imagine yourself living in a box, when studying in that school.

  45. To check out the latest world rankings of top universities in the world, kindly refer to webometrics….search for world’s best universities. The latest rankings show that Tokyo Uni is the top in Asia with Stansfield Uni in USA as the top in the world. Taiwan Uni is second in Asia with MIT in US ranking 2nd in the world. The list gives you the top 4000 universities in the world. The rankings are of July 2007.

  46. ” Stop blaming your institutions and concentrate on how you can make Philippines a better Philippines for the next generation.Let them rank and rank and rank in thier bureacracies..Forget it and go ahead with transforming your nation………………third world is not the best description for Africa and some Asian countries like the Philippines…………….we deserve better ”

    – yeah. wake up guys… lets all bring out the best of what we can do for our country 🙂 stop it. ok?

  47. la salle is highly the best school for me, ateneo, is just something behind la salle…….I think UP should be in the 1 in the world….hahahaha invite you to watch masskara here…. and kamusta to all lasallians on the world,,,,, animo university of St. Lasalle- Bacolod…….hahahahahahaha

  48. I read about that article na galit na galit ung atenista………….
    you know………. this is the real deal eh… if you go to UP advantage is they are the best…yet come to think of it…. different people from all walks of life go there… ung iba magaling nga masama nmn ugali selfish etch. tignan mo nlng nang yayari sa philippine government natin…………… GALING LAHAT CLA SA UP!!!! ANU NANGYARI!!!!!!!! HUH!!!



    ung survey na ginawa ng mga INTERNATIONAL EK EK na yan… its not just A year or 2 its more than 10years ata.. di ko na sure… kaya believe it or not its telling the truth…….. kaya ikaw……. manahimik ka…… maganda lng nmn sa ateneo madami kyong soccer fields un lng….. at one more thing sa mga seniors na nag iisip pa….. isa lng comment ko….. sa lasalle madaling makapasok… mahirap makatapos…. at lahat ng studyante sa school namin………….. are those people that they say na “STREETSMART” marunong makisama makibagay at mag dala…. we are born leaders…. yet b4 u became a leader you must be a good follower… kya follow me… ^_^ bleeeeeeeeeeeehhh…. ok na damdamin ko na buhos ko na……

    kakatamad mag english ehhh araw araw nlng… MAHALin Ang sariling wika

    Animo LAsALLE………………..(to the mrs. noemi helo po…..ingatzz….)

  49. AT PAHABOL KO!!!!! ung mom ko is a awarded as a pambansang scholar sa UP since nag BS-communi… cya tpos masters tpos phd….kaya un sobrang talino…… di nya naiintindihan ung sinasabi ko minsan……..puro nlng kelangan ganto ganyan…..hayyyyyyyyyyyy

    pero ung prof nmin taga UP galing mag turo… d best cya….

  50. To those who took up Lia-Com in DLSU-M, go for it. Im taking POM-ACM(political science and business management spec. in applied corporate management)a double degree 6 year course =) funny nga na sabi ng iba madali lang makapasa ng La Salle pero mahirap makatapos =). Unlike other university na semestral, DLSU has trimestral.
    What’s best in DLSU-M:
    Lia-Com Program – a combination of one major course in the College of Liberal Arts and one from College of Business and Economics

    College of Engineering (all courses)

    It is true that La Salle offers better Computer Studies courses than other universities.

    Legal Management is better in La Salle.

    Comment on the blog:
    Maganda po sa UP basta hindi business =)
    (opinion lang po)
    Iba po kasi ang environment sa loob ng UP, radical sila in some way na nakakaaffect ng social abilities nila. =) Yung mga nagtatapos ng business sa UP-D nahihirapan kumuha ng trabaho kasi di rin naeexpose ang mga studyante sa business world. I mean maganda nga pero pag di mo alam o di mo naexperience, di mo talaga kaya. Di kasi sila binibigyan ng pondo ng gobyerno para ilabas ang mga estudyante. Hanggang campus lang sila, nag-aaral. Nakakalabas pero di malayo. Di tulad ng DLSU at ADMU nakakapagpadala ng students sa corporate firms. Like in my case, sa course ko i have a year or 3 terms of working experience. tama? =) Kaya naging 6 years. Ang maganda pa dun, after a term of trying to work yung next term balik to campus ka ulit. then next term off campus nanaman =) vv. =)

  51. uy, out of topic na question: ^_^

    ano ba talaga yung grade requirements ng BS Bio or Geo sa UP Diliman? sabi nila BS Bio 1.5, yung iba 1.75 science subjects GPA then 2.0 sa GE. Sakto ba? BS Bio student from UP Cebu

    sorry na hindi ako nag-english pero parang nahahaloan ko na yung bisaya, tagalog, at english. hehehe.. pang practice lang sa kinalawang kong tagalog

    UP astig ^_^

    pero happy happy naman o. at least yung tatlong Universities natin nakapasok sa top 500 around the world (based on those statistics).

  52. all of your blogs are interesting and i enjoy reading them..

    well, school matters but what’s really the most important is our attitude.
    stop comparing which is the best school in our country.
    for those who are in the prestigious schools in our country: it is very fortunate of you to be there..
    let’s just help and respect each other..for us to have a BETTER PHILIPPINES!
    there is still hope hanging around..
    let’s just do our very best to show to the world how good Filipinos are!
    (though it is really disappointing that most foreigners underestimate us)

    the bible says: all humans are created equal…….
    so there is still a chance for us Filipinos to succeed in everything we do and compete with other nationalities.
    it isn’t important to be the best among the rest, but just to be good in everthing we do..
    what would being the best DO if we have hurt and offended others?

    our country is known for its/her being Catholic..
    so why not apply God’s Words in our daily lives?.




  53. You see guys, rankings talk. Whether or not we love them or hate them, they are authentic and scientific than our honorable opinion. When that THES rankings was published, everybody loved it, even the ones who hated it loved it. That survey negated the common notion that admu is THE SCHOOL. Ateneo could not accept that it lagged behind DLSU. As for ADMU, do well next season, not just in basketball but in THES as well.

  54. stop arguing on what school is better.. it won’t help on boosting the development of our nation .. for me, it only depends on the student/alumni himself.. what if you graduated from the best university but you don’t have the guts to apply for a job, or simply you just can’t handle it? it’s as simple as that. but for me, the confidence, skills, socialization, critical thinking, and almost everything can be learned not only inside but outside the classrooms of UP.. =)

    btw, i’d like to comment on some particular reactions posted here.. first of all, i am a UP Dil student, so you may find my statements as kinda’ one-sided..

    “tignan mo nlng nang yayari sa philippine government natin…………… GALING LAHAT CLA SA UP!!!! ANU NANGYARI!!!!!!!! HUH!!!”

    —> yeah, agree ako jan.. mismo nga mga tga-UP cnasabi yan.. pero hnd nmn nmin kinokonsente ito.. EH PANSININ MO NGA RN KUNG CNONG MGA NGTATAYA NG BUHAY AT LUMALABAN SA MGA CORRUPT NA ETO, DBA MGA TGA-UP RIN PLAGI.. kya nga tumatak n ung stereotype n aktibista ang mga tga-UP eh.. kc alam nmin n me 2ngkulin kming pgsilbihan ang masa, na syang ngpapa-aral smin… ms selfish ang mga taong wlng pkialam s bayan at nkacenter lng ang mundo s sariling pg-asenso.. ang materialistic n mundo ng mga socialites.. animo! hehe.. =P

    “Entering UP system is not that difficult at all. Why?? sometimes students just choose NON-QUOTA COURSES and eventually SHIFT to the courses they want… ”

    –> I totally disagree, entering UP was never that easy.. And i don’t have to expound on that. Let the statistics or studies show it. regarding the case of shifting, it’s another matter to deal with.. Based on my experience, shifting to another course is another “pgpasok-sa-karayom” test… You can’t just shift to another course if you haven’t reached a certain GWA which is above average of course… if you’re not that good, you’ll get stuck on the non-quota course where you have qualified.. so don’t try to talk as if you know it all.. try to support your claims with details.. okay? =)

  55. DLSU is known for its excellence in programs like Engineering, Computer Sciences, Education, Business, Accountancy and also Health-Science Courses like Medicine, Nursing, Radiologic Tech, Physical Therapy. The La Sallian community is growing there are now 18 district schools in the country and a number of supervised schools. Now nearing its centennial La Salle has proven its worth in Philippine society for building outstanding Christian leaders and achievers! Animo La Salle!

  56. All College entrance exams are incipient inroads towards academic freedom. karapatan ng bawat kabataan o mamamayang pilipino na makapag-ara. hindi dapat subukin ang katalinuhan ng isang tao sa pagkuha exam lamang ng isang entrance exam dahil ito’y maaaring maging balakad sa karapatan o kalayaan ng isang tao na makapag-aral. mungkahi ko lamang sa lahat ng unibersidad dito sa pilipinas public man o private. sa tingin ko na ang pagaaral ng walang balakid o hadlang ay siyang magiging susi sa pagunlad ng ating bayan.

  57. The 2007 THES-QS ranking finally revealed the overall score of the four Philippine Universities included:
    UP 34.7
    ATENEO 30.8
    LA SALLE 23.9
    UST 20.8


  58. After the intense international criticism following the release of last year’s ranking, the THES has now released the new and improved 2007 ranking. Sadly, this time only 2 schools appear in the top 500. (Which makes me wonder what will happen to the shameless marketing campaign launched by La Salle based on its beating Ateneo last year).

    This time, La Salle doesn’t even appear in the list of top 500 schools.

    398 University of the Philippines
    451 Ateneo de Manila University

  59. SUPER KARMA ang ibang school jan that used such ranking study last year to the hilt just so to make their school appear superior to the rest to the point of dragging other schools down. Yes, I’m talking about that particular school sa Taft na uber hyped ang pagka 392nd last year and even claimed that they indeed WERE the best private university in the land.

    So kumusta naman??? Im sure that particular enhancement in the peer review criterion wherein one can no longer vote for its own school affected them so much.

    Of all 4 Philippine schools, the one that enjoyed most the result of last year’s ranking is the WORST casualty of this year’s result – DOWN BY 127 PLACES!!!

  60. Here are all the Southeast-asian schools that made this year’s TOP 500:

    1 33 National University of Singapore 84.3
    2 69 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 73.6
    3 223 Chulalongkorn University, Thailand 52.3
    4 247 Universiti Malaya, Malaysia 49.4
    5 285 Mahidol University, Thailand 44.7
    6 308 Universiti Sains Malaysia 42.4
    7 310 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia 42.3
    8 366 Universiti Putra Malaysia 38.1
    9 369 Bandung Institute of Technology, Indonesia 37.8
    10 395 University of Indonesia 34.9
    12 419 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 33.4
    13 447 Kasetsart University, Thailand 30.9
    13 447 Thammasat University, Thailand 30.9
    16 463 Chiang Mai University, Thailand 29.7

    Notice that all of these schools (except for those in Singapore) have pretty comparable scores. So the specific ranking from 3 to 16 could very well be reshaped by slightly fiddling with the criteria. Perhaps the only conclusion to be drawn from this is that at least two of our best schools are still comparable with our neighbor’s best. Anything more will depend on the arbitrariness of the THES criteria.

    I’m still curious to know how that “school” in Taft can salvage anything from their premature obnoxiousness. So what now? Without anything backing their delusions of grandeur, what banners or ads will they come up with now?

    Despite all the misspellings last year, this must certainly be their biggest faux pas. So much for “AL SALLE” and “NUF SAID”.

  61. Oh, and by the way, to the lasallite “Kris” who posted this:

    #Kris says:
    October 22nd, 2007 at 10:46 am

    You see guys, rankings talk. Whether or not we love them or hate them, they are authentic and scientific than our honorable opinion. When that THES rankings was published, everybody loved it, even the ones who hated it loved it. That survey negated the common notion that admu is THE SCHOOL. Ateneo could not accept that it lagged behind DLSU. As for ADMU, do well next season, not just in basketball but in THES as well.

    Suppose rankings do talk, what do you think they’re telling you now?

  62. Lol…It’s just really fun to sit back here diliman and watch those two colors wrestle for the silver spot…some individuals here just never get tired of the bash-trash.. every once in a while one of them even side-swiped an opinion about our business course like “..maganda po sa UP basta hindi business” haha… well that’s easy to swallow since he stressed that it’s just his opinion..but nevertheless still a retard’s opinion hehe..
    well, for the benefit of the green-blue bashers i’ll dip in my toes for a while and share some of my observations…
    i have a handful of friends coming from those “elite” (daw) universities, and isa lang talaga masasabi ko…mayayaman tlga sila! hehe kidding aside…pansin ko lang sa mga atenista eh hindi sila masyadong apektado sa mga serbey-serbey na yan, kahit pa noong mga taong sila ang pumapangalawa sa kalidad ng edukasyon ay hindi nila ito masyadong ipinagmamalaki at isinasampal sa ibang institusyon.. pero ang lasallista naman ay yung mga tipong “kahit mamatay na pamilya namin ok lang basta lumamang kami sa ateneo”…wag na nating isali ang UP dahil talagang hindi na namin pinansin ang THES…

  63. As what i read and heard, UP snubbed THES officials when asked to submit current demographic information about the university, ateneo and ust on the other hand didn’t show much enthusiasm and cooperation knowing that the criteria used for their 2006 survey lacked credibility and objectiveness… mukhang lasalle lang yung sigi ng sigi and even disclosed some inaccurate information… talaga nga naman…

  64. Rank School Name Country
    1 HARVARD University United States
    2= University of CAMBRIDGE United Kingdom
    2= YALE University United States
    2= University of OXFORD United Kingdom
    5 Imperial College LONDON United Kingdom
    6 PRINCETON University United States
    7= CALIFORNIA Institute of Technology (Calt… United States
    7= University of CHICAGO United States
    9 UCL (University College LONDON) United Kingdom
    10 MASSACHUSETTS Institute of Technology (M… United States
    11 COLUMBIA University United States
    12 MCGILL University Canada
    13 DUKE University United States
    14 University of PENNSYLVANIA United States
    15 JOHNS HOPKINS University United States
    16 AUSTRALIAN National University Australia
    17 University of TOKYO Japan
    18 University of HONG KONG Hong Kong
    19 STANFORD University United States
    20= CORNELL University United States
    20= CARNEGIE MELLON University United States
    22 University of California, BERKELEY United States
    23 University of EDINBURGH United Kingdom
    24 King’s College LONDON United Kingdom
    25 KYOTO University Japan
    26 Ecole Normale Supérieure, PARIS France
    27 University of MELBOURNE Australia
    29 NORTHWESTERN University United States
    30 University of MANCHESTER United Kingdom
    31 The University of SYDNEY Australia
    32 BROWN University United States
    33= National University of SINGAPORE Singapore
    33= University of QUEENSLAND Australia
    33= University of BRITISH COLUMBIA Canada
    36 PEKING University China
    37 University of BRISTOL United Kingdom
    38= University of MICHIGAN United States
    38= The CHINESE University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
    40 TSINGHUA University China
    41 University of CALIFORNIA, Los Angeles (U… United States
    42 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of T… Switzerland
    43 MONASH University Australia
    44 University of NEW SOUTH WALES Australia
    45 University of TORONTO Canada
    46 OSAKA University Japan
    47 BOSTON University United States
    48 University of AMSTERDAM Netherlands
    49 NEW YORK University (NYU) United States
    50 The University of AUCKLAND New Zealand
    51= University of TEXAS at Austin United States
    51= SEOUL National University Korea, South
    53= TRINITY College Dublin Ireland
    53= HONG KONG University of Science & Techno… Hong Kong
    55= University of WISCONSIN-Madison United States
    55= University of WASHINGTON United States
    57 University of WARWICK United Kingdom
    58 University of CALIFORNIA, San Diego United States
    59 LONDON School of Economics and Political… United Kingdom
    60 HEIDELBERG University Germany
    61 Katholieke Universiteit LEUVEN Belgium
    62 University of ADELAIDE Australia
    63 DELFT University of Technology Netherlands
    64 University of WESTERN AUSTRALIA Australia
    65= University of BIRMINGHAM United Kingdom
    65= Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (… Germany
    67 Technische Universität MÜNCHEN Germany
    68 University of SHEFFIELD United Kingdom
    69 NANYANG Technological University Singapore
    70 University of NOTTINGHAM United Kingdom
    71= UPPSALA University Sweden
    71= DARTMOUTH College United States
    73 University of ILLINOIS United States
    74= EMORY University United States
    74= University of YORK United Kingdom
    76 University of ST ANDREWS United Kingdom
    77= University of PITTSBURGH United States
    77= PURDUE University United States
    79 University of MARYLAND United States
    80= University of SOUTHAMPTON United Kingdom
    80= University of LEEDS United Kingdom
    82 VANDERBILT University United States
    83 University of GLASGOW United Kingdom
    84 LEIDEN University Netherlands
    85= CASE WESTERN RESERVE University United States
    85= FUDAN University China
    85= University of VIENNA Austria
    88 QUEEN’S University Canada
    89 UTRECHT University Netherlands
    90= TOKYO Institute of Technology Japan
    90= PENNSYLVANIA STATE University United States
    92 RICE University United States
    93= University of COPENHAGEN Denmark
    93= University of MONTREAL Canada
    95 University of ROCHESTER United States
    96 University of CALIFORNIA, Davis United States
    97= University of ALBERTA Canada
    97= GEORGIA Institute of Technology United States
    99 CARDIFF University United Kingdom
    100 University of HELSINKI Finland
    101 University of LIVERPOOL United Kingdom
    102= GEORGETOWN University United States
    102= National TAIWAN University Taiwan
    102= TOHOKU University Japan
    105 University of GENEVA Switzerland
    106 LUND University Sweden
    107 University of COLORADO United States
    108 MCMASTER University Canada
    109 DURHAM University United Kingdom
    110 University of VIRGINIA United States
    111 MAASTRICHT University Netherlands
    112= University of WATERLOO Canada
    112= NAGOYA University Japan
    114= University of AARHUS Denmark
    114= University of BASEL Switzerland
    114= University of OTAGO New Zealand
    117= Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de LAUSANNE… Switzerland
    117= University of CALIFORNIA, Santa Barbara United States
    119 University of SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA United States
    120 OHIO STATE University United States
    121 University of SUSSEX United Kingdom
    122 TEXAS A&M University United States
    123 Université Catholique de LOUVAIN (UCL) Belgium
    124 University of GHENT Belgium
    125 NANJING University China
    126= University of WESTERN ONTARIO Canada
    126= HUMBOLDT-Universität zu Berlin Germany
    128 Hebrew University of JERUSALEM Israel
    129 NEWCASTLE University, NEWCASTLE Upon Tyn… United Kingdom
    130= Technical University of DENMARK Denmark
    130= EINDHOVEN University of Technology Netherlands
    132= Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie – PARIS… France
    132= KOREA Advanced Institute of Science & Te… Korea, South
    134 University of ARIZONA United States
    135 University of FLORIDA United States
    136 KYUSHU University Japan
    137= University of ABERDEEN United Kingdom
    137= INDIANA University Bloomington United States
    139 SIMON FRASER University Canada
    140= University of ZURICH Switzerland
    140= University of CALIFORNIA, Irvine United States
    142= Universität TÜBINGEN Germany
    142= University of MINNESOTA United States
    144 Universität FREIBURG Germany
    145 University of BATH United Kingdom
    146 Freie Universität BERLIN Germany
    147 University of LANCASTER United Kingdom
    148 WAGENINGEN University Netherlands
    149= CITY University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
    149= Queen Mary, University of LONDON United Kingdom
    151= TEL AVIV University Israel
    151= HOKKAIDO University Japan
    151= University of NORTH CAROLINA United States
    154 Université Libre de BRUXELLES (ULB) Belgium
    155= University of Science and Technology of … China
    155= University of NOTRE DAME United States
    157 Ecole Normale Supérieure de LYON France
    158 CRANFIELD University United Kingdom
    159= MICHIGAN STATE University United States
    159= TUFTS University United States
    161= WASHINGTON University in St. Louis United States
    161= KEIO University Japan
    163= ERASMUS University Rotterdam Netherlands
    163= SHANGHAI JIAO TONG University China
    165 Universität STUTTGART Germany
    166= University of CALGARY Canada
    166= VIENNA University of Technology Austria
    168= Universität GÖTTINGEN Germany
    168= MACQUARIE University Australia
    170 HELSINKI University of Technology – TKK Finland
    171= Universität KARLSRUHE Germany
    171= University of DUNDEE United Kingdom
    173= University of BOLOGNA Italy
    173= University of GRONINGEN Netherlands
    175= University of SAO PAULO Brazil
    175= University of MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst United States
    177= University College DUBLIN Ireland
    177= RUTGERS, The State University of New Jer… United States
    177= University of CAMPINAS (Unicamp) Brazil
    180= WASEDA University Japan
    180= University of READING United Kingdom
    182 Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochsc… Germany
    183 Università degli Studi di ROMA – La Sapi… Italy
    184 Université Louis Pasteur – STRASBOURG I France
    185= University of TWENTE Netherlands
    185= University of LEICESTER United Kingdom
    187 University of ANTWERP Belgium
    188= University of CANTERBURY New Zealand
    188= University of OSLO Norway
    190 University of SURREY United Kingdom
    191 RENSSELAER Polytechnic Institute United States
    192= KTH, ROYAL Institute of Technology Sweden
    192= Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México … Mexico
    194 University of BARCELONA Spain
    195= Radboud Universiteit NIJMEGEN Netherlands
    195= QUEENSLAND University of Technology Australia
    197= KOBE University Japan
    197= CHALMERS University of Technology Sweden
    199 University of WOLLONGONG Australia
    200= RMIT University Australia
    200= University of CAPE TOWN South Africa
    202 University of MIAMI United States
    203= WAKE FOREST University United States
    203= Technische Universität BERLIN Germany
    205= QUEEN’S University of Belfast United Kingdom
    205= LA TROBE University Australia
    207 University of IOWA United States
    208 BRANDEIS University United States
    209= University of TSUKUBA Japan
    209= ZHEJIANG University China
    209= Universität FRANKFURT am Main Germany
    212 HIROSHIMA University Japan
    213 University of VICTORIA Canada
    214 University of BERN Switzerland
    215 University of NEWCASTLE Australia
    216 Universität HAMBURG Germany
    217 University of LAUSANNE Switzerland
    218 TULANE University United States
    219 University of CINCINNATI United States
    220 University of EXETER United Kingdom
    221= DALHOUSIE University Canada
    221= ARIZONA STATE University United States
    223 CHULALONGKORN University Thailand
    224 STONY BROOK University United States
    225= University of BERGEN Norway
    225= University of INNSBRUCK Austria
    227= OTTAWA University Canada
    227= Sciences Po PARIS France
    229= GEORGE WASHINGTON University United States
    229= Vrije University BRUSSELS (VUB) Belgium
    231= Lomonosov MOSCOW STATE University Russia
    231= TECHNION – Israel Institute of Technolog… Israel
    233 POHANG University of Science and Technol… Korea, South
    234 VICTORIA University of Wellington New Zealand
    235 CURTIN University of Technology Australia
    236 YONSEI University Korea, South
    237= University of TURKU Finland
    237= LOUGHBOROUGH University United Kingdom
    239= Pontificia Universidad Católica de CHILE… Chile
    239= Technische Universität DARMSTADT Germany
    239= SAINT-PETERSBURG State University Russia
    242 MASSEY University New Zealand
    243= School of Oriental and African Studies, … United Kingdom
    243= KOREA University Korea, South
    243= Technische Universität DRESDEN Germany
    246= Universiti MALAYA (UM) Malaysia
    246= STOCKHOLM University Sweden
    248= YORK University Canada
    248= NORTH CAROLINA STATE University United States
    248= University of ATHENS Greece
    248= Virginia Polytechnic Institute (VIRGINIA… United States
    252 University of STRATHCLYDE United Kingdom
    253 FLORIDA STATE University United States
    254 University of DELHI India
    255 University of HAWAII United States
    256= The HONG KONG Polytechnic University Hong Kong
    256= DREXEL University United States
    258 Universidad Autònoma de BARCELONA Spain
    259= University of Technology, SYDNEY Australia
    259= University of CALIFORNIA, Santa Cruz United States
    261 University of UTAH United States
    262 University of LIEGE Belgium
    263 Universität ULM Germany
    264= University of TASMANIA Australia
    264= University of BUENOS AIRES Argentina
    266 ASTON Business School United Kingdom
    267= Université Paris-Sud, PARIS XI France
    267= KUOPIO University Finland
    269 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (I… India
    270= Universität WÜRZBURG Germany
    270= Universität ERLANGEN-NÜRNBERG Germany
    272 University of ESSEX United Kingdom
    273= NAGASAKI University Japan
    273= STOCKHOLM School of Economics Sweden
    275 Université Joseph-Fourier, GRENOBLE I France
    276= IOWA STATE University United States
    276= Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitä… Germany
    276= Göteborg University Sweden
    279 Karl-Franzens-University GRAZ Austria
    280 LAVAL University Canada
    281 University of KANSAS United States
    282= University of the WITWATERSRAND South Africa
    282= University of ALABAMA United States
    284= CHIBA University Japan
    284= MAHIDOL University Thailand
    286= University College CORK Ireland
    286= BEN GURION University of the Negev Israel
    286= WASHINGTON STATE University United States
    289 University of TENNESSEE United States
    290 CHARLES University Czech Republic
    291 University of SOUTH AUSTRALIA Australia
    292= Universität LEIPZIG Germany
    292= University of TROMSO Norway
    292= BRUNEL University United Kingdom
    295= Université Paris-Sorbonne (PARIS IV) France
    295= University of GEORGIA United States
    297 Universität BAYREUTH Germany
    298 University of CALIFORNIA, Riverside United States
    299 UMEÃ… University Sweden
    300 DUBLIN City University Ireland
    301= NORWEGIAN University of Science and Tech… Norway
    301= University of MONTPELLIER II – Sciences … France
    303 College of WILLIAM & MARY United States
    304= Vrije Universiteit AMSTERDAM Netherlands
    304= University of MANITOBA Canada
    306 Universidad Autónoma de MADRID Spain
    307= Universiti Sains MALAYSIA (USM) Malaysia
    307= Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (II… India
    309= Universiti Kebangsaan MALAYSIA (UKM) Malaysia
    309= GRIFFITH University Australia
    311 Universität KONSTANZ Germany
    312= University of PADUA Italy
    312= Universität DÜSSELDORF Germany
    312= Universität BIELEFELD Germany
    312= Universidad de CHILE Chile
    316 Universität JENA Germany
    317 University of SOUTHERN DENMARK Denmark
    318 SHOWA University Japan
    319= University of WAIKATO New Zealand
    319= University of TAMPERE Finland
    319= University of COIMBRA Portugal
    319= University of Cologne Germany
    319= University of NAVARRA Spain
    324 TIANJIN University China
    325 University of PISA Italy
    326 COLORADO STATE University United States
    327 WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management -… Germany
    328 University of CONNECTICUT United States
    329 University of FLORENCE Italy
    330 Johannes Gutenberg University MAINZ Germany
    331= JAGIELLONIAN University Poland
    331= GUNMA University Japan
    333 Ruhr-Universität BOCHUM Germany
    334 National TSING HUA University Taiwan
    335 TOKYO Metropolitan University Japan
    336= University of QUEBEC Canada
    336= National CHENG KUNG University Taiwan
    338 Federal University of RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil
    339= Universitat POMPEU FABRA Spain
    339= University of MÃœNSTER Germany
    341= Universidade Nova de LISBOA Portugal
    341= Universität MARBURG Germany
    343= Politecnico di MILANO Italy
    343= University of DELAWARE United States
    345= SAARLAND University Germany
    345= GIFU University Japan
    345= WARSAW University Poland
    345= CARLETON University Canada
    349 University of BRADFORD United Kingdom
    350 LOYOLA University Chicago United States
    351= FLINDERS University Australia
    351= University of OREGON United States
    351= DUBLIN Institute of Technology Ireland
    354= University of OULU Finland
    354= YOKOHAMA NATIONAL University Japan
    356= National Technical University of ATHENS Greece
    356= University of East Anglia (UEA) United Kingdom
    358= City University of NEW YORK United States
    358= University of NEW MEXICO United States
    360= Universitas GADJAH MADA Indonesia
    360= University of TOULOUSE III – Paul Sabati… France
    362= University of ST GALLEN Switzerland
    362= University of SOUTH CAROLINA United States
    364= Science University TOKYO Japan
    364= Universiti Putra MALAYSIA (UPM) Malaysia
    364= OSAKA CITY University Japan
    364= Universität BREMEN Germany
    368 Johannes Kepler University LINZ Austria
    369= Université PARIS I – Panthéon Sorbonne France
    369= BANDUNG Institute of Technology Indonesia
    371= WARSAW University of Technology Poland
    371= LINKÖPING University Sweden
    373 University of OKLAHOMA United States
    374= DEAKIN University Australia
    374= University of JYVÄSKYLÄ Finland
    374= University of TRIESTE Italy
    377 OKAYAMA University Japan
    378= University of KENTUCKY United States
    378= Universität REGENSBURG Germany
    380 SUNG KYUN KWAN University Korea, South
    381= University of MISSOURI United States
    381= YESHIVA University United States
    383= CONCORDIA University Canada
    383= Leibniz Universität HANNOVER Germany
    383= Technische Universität BRAUNSCHWEIG Germany
    386= NORTHEASTERN University United States
    386= KUMAMOTO University Japan
    388= Università degli Studi di PAVIA Italy
    388= Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KIEL Germany
    390 ISTANBUL Technical University Turkey
    391 Université PARIS V – Descartes France
    392 Universität MANNHEIM Germany
    393 Universitat de VALENCIA Spain
    394 University of SIENA Italy
    395 University of INDONESIA Indonesia
    396= GEORGIA STATE University United States
    396= Martin-Luther-Universität HALLE-WITTENBE… Germany
    398= SOGANG University Korea, South
    398= National CENTRAL University Taiwan

    Source: THES – QS World University Rankings
    Copyright © 2004-2007 QS Quacquarelli Symonds


    1. How come the University of the Philippines dropped to 398? May I know the criteria set when they determine the rankings? I think the data given by the World University Rankings are opinionated. I have the chance of working with people from the east to the west part of the globe for working overseas nearly 10 years now and should I say, my education, technical and communication skills, are at par or even better than of those people who came from those top 50 countries mentioned above. I am proud to be a Filipino.
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  65. Sa totoo lang, nawawalan na rin ata ng gana ang UP for surveys like this one, with due respect to former president dodong nemenzo na nagpursiging itayo ang school in the international arena, UP realized not to take the survey seriously na last year, i’ve read from a UP publication that UP is questioning the criteria used, at ‘yong scoring system….well, kahit na mag first place ang UP sa world ranking, wala rin namang nagagawa ang gobyerno para lalo pang i-develop ang UP, nilulustay lang ang pera ng masang pilipino na dapat sana ay para sa edukasyun….give it to ateneo and la sALLE na lang, kulang pa ata sila sa recognition eh..hehe…but then, kahit na ganun…hindi pa rin naman naaalis ang UP sa listahan…and still the best and the premier university in the Philippines….talunin muna nila ang UP sa Philippines’ top universities ranking, bago sila magka-ubusan ng hiya at laway sa pagtatalo ’bout the ranking in the THES QS rankings..

    ..i’ve heard nga, mas dumarami daw kumukuha ng graduate studies sa ateneo at la salle kisa sa UP lalo na sa social sciences (like psych, socio, history, etc.. kasi daw takot silang bumagsak sa UP..haha..

  66. Well, apparently everyone’s trying to defend their own school. While this certain world ranking reflects some truth, my own thought, is that, what matters really is how the graduates actually turn out in the real world. Do they become corrupt citizens or catalysts for change? Do they stay humble and change the world? Or do they spend time throwing mud at other people and institutions, just to prove their point?

    UP, ADMU, DLSU, UST and others. These are all respectable schools, masters of education in their own right.

    A little respect. Its not like your school is proud of you, which gives you no right to blabber all about what school is better.

    [By the way, this is not for the author, comments more for the readers.]

  67. hahahaha. anu ngayon mga lasalista!!! talo na nman kau sa ateneo! yabang nyo kc. porket nlamngan lng nnyu ang ateneo lst year tlgang nagyayabng kau.. d katulad ng ateneo humble lang..hahaha..”BOBO” kc lasalista.. khit c edu manzano na tamimi sa latest survey,hambog nya kc.proud pa..anu nanyari ngayon,malaking kahihiyan sa kanya..huhuhu.. ateneo still the best private university in the philippines,khit san ka mapunta,mula luzon hanggang mindanao ateneo tlga best sa knila…khit sa dabate ateneo prin ang nagwagi…GO ATENEO!!!ONE BIG FIGHT!!!

  68. ateneo is still the best university in the philippines,masarap tlga maging atenista.. hahahaha… wawa nman lasalle d nkapsok sa top 500.. yabang kc..!!! sa susunod be humble nlang pra di mapapahiya!!hehehe,peace:….. nu kya htsura ng mga tchers ng lasalle,cguro nananamlay dhil sa kahihiyan!!!! huhuhu… glingan nyo n lang nxt year..hehehe

  69. Isa naman sa criteria ay ang ganda ng facilities ng isangs chool.Dito sa atin sa Pilipinas, maraming matatalinong bata kahit walang upuan ang classroom nila.Sa facilities pa lang ay talo na tayo dahil imbes na edukasyon ang may pinakamalaking porsiyento ng budget, napupunta ito sa militar.Kung utak lang ang pag-uusapan,pahuhuli ba ang mga Pinoy?

  70. Why don’t you follow my footstep? It went to ADMU all the way from prep to graduate school (MA only), taught at DLSU-Manila for five straight years and found a Hispanic-Chinese girlfriend who obtained physical therapy from UP-Manila and Doctor of Medicine from UST. After seven years of going steady we finally settled down and are happily married. She’s a resident-physician at Mt. Sinai here at New York while I’m finishing my PhD at Columbia University and teaching part-time at Fordham University. You see, if you combine our experiences we’re affiliated with AdMU, UP, UST and DLSU 🙂

  71. hay.. grabe naman. nag-away-away na dahil lang sa THES-QS na yan.
    sa tingin ko, hindi natin dapat i-base yung quality ng education na ibinibigay ng university sa mga ganyang survey. hindi nga tayo sure na ACCURATE at CREDIBLE talaga yan e.
    besides, hindi nga officially pumayag ang UP na magparticipate diyan dahil nga may mga issues na hindi nga credible ung THES-QS na yan e. pati yung ADMU, hindi masyadong sineseryoso ang mga ganyang bagay… jino-joke time nga nila ung PAASCU accreditation nila e…yan pa kaya na survey lang? haha. well..ung UST at DLSU, hindi ko lang alam.. haha.

    -wag na lang ninyo pansinin yan…just be contented. You already have a privilege of studying in a very good and prestigious university. 🙂 maswerte na kayo. 🙂

  72. I NEED HELP!

    I passed both UP (BSBA) and ATENEO (BS Management). I passed DLSU (BS Int’l Business Studies) too but I crossed it out from my options since I live in QC. I am really torn between UP and ATENEO now. My mind is set on being part of the business community someday. So I want to ask your opinion about which is the better school as far as business courses are concerned.

    Is UP the only university from the Philippines recognized abroad in both undergraduate and graduate programs? I read comment no.9 by ice and I am very concerned about this.

    Do they have exchange programs too? I know that JGSOM in Ateneo has their Junior Term Abroad. Is this an advantage ( that is, if one qualifies for the JTA) ?Some colleagues of my dad said that if one is to consider ‘expanding the business network’, then Ateneo it is. Otherwise, they said that UP is still the better school. They told my dad that the slot in UP is so “precious” since the selection process is more rigid.

    How about for graduate programs? Is it true that DLSU Business School is the best choice over UP and ATENEO (excluding AIM)? Is AIM the best among the best?

    Please help. In UP, confirmation of decison to enroll will be from Feb 16 – (to something) already. ATENEO will be from March 10 – .

    Thank you so much. Hear from you soon.

  73. was secretary general of the biggest teachers’ federation in the philippines. was enroled in both up and ateneo. my wife was a product of the la sallian system. naging instructor din ako ng isang dominican college.

    my take:

    kailangan timbangin ang lahat ng factors (mga salik na may kinalaman sa pilipinas at taumbayan, hindi ang opinyon ng mga dayuhan) bago sabihin kung ano ang pinakamagaling–dami ng mga kurso; gaano namamaksimisa ang rekurso (fiscal, human, etc.); gaano karami ang kandidato sa mga licensure exams at passing percentages; kontribusyon ng eskwelahan sa lipunan at sa mundo. atbp.

    sa maraming mga bagay, lamang ang mga private universities and some colleges sa up. (pwedeng isama rito ang mga ibang eskwelahan na lumalamang sa mga unibersidad na nabanggit sa mga board exams tulad ng mapua sa eng’g, fatima at plm sa medical courses, san beda sa law, lyceum sa foreign service, tc.) pero sa kabuuan and objectively speaking, sino ba naman ang seryosong magsasabing mas magaling ang mga ito kumpara sa up?

    isa pa, ang up ang THE state university. kapag pinupulaan ito ng hindi pinoy dahilan sa anupaman, ang lahat ng pilipino ay dapat malungkot, magalit, manghinayang. salamin ng institusyon na ito ang ating lipunan–glory, problems and all. atin ang up, kahit hindi tayo nag-aral dito.

    ngayon, isa namang tanong sa lahat ng nag-aaral at may pag-aaralin sa kolehiyo. gaano kahalaga na magiging masaya ang inyong mga anak sa eskwelahang pupuntahan nila?

    dito naman, tiyak na lamang ang san beda. hindi ko lang alam ngayon kasi co-ed na sila. malaki lang ang problema ng school na ito kasi ang pinakamagagaling nilang law profs ay nagsilipat na lahat sa arellano law.

    pinakahuli, ang eskwelahan naman ay isang salik lang ng tunay na proseso ng edukasyon. kahit naman pinakamahal ang bayad o pinakamagaling ang mga guro, depende rin naman sa estudyante at sa pamilyang pinanggalingan kung gaano kahusay na estudyante sila. sa katunayan, ang unibersidad ng lipunan ang pinakamahusay na eskwelahan.

    ika nga ni B. Franklin, huwag hayaang sagkaan ng eskwelahan ang inyong edukasyon.

  74. its really bothering though where on earth that this universities of our neighboring countries in south east asia surpass the most prestigious university in the philippines, UP. even if i not from this school i stil feel sorry for them and in our country. holy crap! nevertheless we need to be thankfull being in that top 500 is not easy. for ateneo and la salle its not all about the pretty penny its the mental capacity. go falcons..

  75. I was torn between UP and Ateneo too when I had to decide already. I crossed out DLSU, UST and Mapua from my choices already even though I passed them, and they are really good schools too.

    I ended up with Ateneo because I was put off by UP’s facilities. Well, for my course, that is. So really, I think that choosing schools depend on the course you want to take. Is it their specialty? Do they have sufficient equipment/facility for you course? Etc etc..

    But you know, it boils down to one thing.

    Deciding schools is up to yourself. Whatever school you go to, it’s you who will make the best out of the education you’ll get. It’s not the school you go to that gets the job, it’s the knowledge you digested all throughout.


  76. ako, UP or nothing. makabayan e haha pangarap ko maging AKTIBISTA! (something na d ko kaya sabihin sa tatay ko given na he’s a us loyalist at mortal na kalaban nya ang mga komunista kya tagong tago and communist manifesto ko dto bahay. ha ha.) im an incoming freshman ba polsci. im excited harhar

  77. ako, UP or nothing. makabayan e haha pangarap ko maging AKTIBISTA! (something na d ko kaya sabihin sa tatay ko given na he’s a us loyalist at mortal na kalaban nya ang mga komunista kya tagong tago and communist manifesto ko dto bahay. ha ha.) im an incoming freshman ba polsci. im excited harhar

  78. Atenista ako ng 12 na taon (grade school at high school) bago ako nag-UP para sa kolehiyo. Masasabi ko na nung una eh ayoko talaga mag-UP, siyempre para masamahan ang mga kaklase ko na nag Ateneo lahat. Pero ngayon di na ako nagsisi na nag UP ako. Yung sinasabi mong student mix, naiintindihan ko yun.

    May mga panahon na siyempre naiinggit din ako pag kinukuwentuhan ako na di kasing haba ang pila sa Ateneo kesa sa UP. Pero pag nakakasama ko naman ang dati kong mga kaklase, at kumain kami sa labas, napipikon sila sa mahabang linya. Ako naman, kaya ko maghintay at pumila. 🙂

    Hindi madaling ilagay sa salita ang mga matututunan mo sa UP. Lalo na sa mga bagay na labas na ng classroom. Lalo na kung nanggaling ka sa private school. Napansin ko yun pag nagkikita kaming mga pumunta sa UP at mga pumunta sa Ateneo na high school classmates.

    Mahal ko rin ang Ateneo dahil mas matagal ako run. Pero sa akin lang, mabuti pinili ko ang UP. Hindi ito maiintindihan nga mga taong hindi nag-UP kaya patawad.

    Mabuhay ang Unibersidad ng Pilipinas!

  79. Alam nyo,instead of mocking and throwing criticisms on each other (these 3 universities: UP.ADMU,&DLSU),why don’t you just look and find for ways on how you can develop yourselves and surpass other universities,if possible not only our neighboring countries but also other superior coutries. Puro kayo bangayan! Buti pa ang UST,Peace Oriented,hindi nakikihalubilo sa mga “bopols” na ipinaglalaban nyo. Asking why do I did said that,kung matatalino kyo hindi kyo magbabangayan,bagkus ang isang magaling na unibersidad ay aaksyon kaagad upang tugunan ang kanyang mga pagkukulang at maiangat ang kanyang sarili sa pedestal. Pero I’m still proud of these universities for what they have done to be world-class and well identified internationally. But not all the culprit should be blamed after you,but mostly it should be to the government of ours.
    And besides,what can you expect naman from a western surveyor but to be biased to their own universities. Magpasalamat nlng tyo na at least napasama pa rin ung apat,naalis man ung dalawa sa 500,at least nasa 600 pa rin ang DLSU & UST,kaysa naman wala. Let’s just hope that this country of ours can be great again.

    Consumatum est.

  80. What’s going on ADMU ? While UP and Dlsu keeps producing world class students (from winnings in international academic tilts), Ateneo keeps producing PBB housemates.

  81. hello guyz….

    i just want to point out that the bottom line is….
    about the rank of our universities.

    hayy… bumababa ang mga ranking ng mga universities natin?! … isn’t that alarming?!

    maybe, marami na ring universities around the world ang nag iimprove, kaya naging outlisted ang mga schools natin….

    hindi ito pagalingan ng mga tga Up, Ateneo, la salle, USte… etc… and lalo na ang pag kukumpara ng mga schools sa Phil… kung sino ang mas magaling, kng sino ang mas maganda facilities etc…

    the point here is educational system as a whole.. kung nagiging globally competitive pa tayo….

  82. @lee: wow, i’m blown away by your statement. really smart. nagddrugs kasi sila sa PBB eh, nakakahiya. shame on you Robi!! 😐

    Atenean ako, but really my first choice was UP and i was devastated dahil hindi ako pumasa. pero over time natanggap ko, and i’m very happy na nasa Ateneo ako. walang aircon at sobrang init, at medyo nakakairita na kelangan THE Ateneo ang tawag. pero masaya parin, maganda ang education at facilities. yeah mahal nga sha (middle class family kami), pero hindi naman kasi government-sponsored. unlike UP. what really puts everyone off sa UP (at marami na akong natanong dito) ay walang utang na loob ang students. pera na nga ng taong-bayan ang pinang-gagastos nila, ganyan pa ugali nila. i believe in free speech, pero sobra na minsan. yung girl na nag-interrupt kay GMA, ang bastos, we get that you hate her pero there’s a place and time for everything. bakit tinotolerate ng UP admin ang ganito?

    and kelangan narin itigil ang rivalry sa UAAP, and OA na. nanood ako ng game nung nasa gradeschool palang ako, and Archer fan ako (up to now, kahit sa Ateneo nako nagaaral) at nasuntok ako ng Atenista!! (for the record girl ako) ang OA na ng rivalries, at ang weird na people are using basketball to say that their school is the best. that’s not the basis. laro lang yan. we’re supposed to be a Catholic country. and after reading some of the comments…grabe, i think i just lost faith in 50% of the population.

    tama si jeff. the bottom line is, ang baba ng ranking ng Pilipinas. kahit pa sabihing hindi credible ang survey, it’s still based on something, and we failed in that. sa kakaaway natin wala namang mangyayari. at sa huli tayo rin ang magbabayad.

    1. re: UP girl – interrupting GMA

      ate, isang estudyante lang un, don’t generalize na walang utang na loob.

      marami din nmn UP students who have gone on to do good work for the country no matter what field they’re in 🙂

  83. I am not happy because UP is in the Top 500 in the world its too low and downgrading position. We used to be on the Top 10 in Asia during the 70’s. Now we are left behind by our neigboring countries Japan, South Korea, Singapore, India, and China. I don’t want hear the excuses of our government officials and school administrators its “palusot” for not doing their job that they should render to the people particularly to the young generations of this country. We deserve more than in the Top 500. We should be at least in the Top 100 in the world not in Asia ha… In the world. That’s our dream not just UP and Ateneo but other schools too.

  84. well, all i have to say i that i am still proud to be a Pinay..who came from the Philippines! we know in ourselves that the survey doesn’t really show who among in all of those universities are more likely to be the smartiest students and the most outstanding in the whole wide earth!…we know in our minds and hearts that we Filipino’s were really born to be different and do have different stuff’s that are stored in our minds. We cannot rate a person’s ability in just a piece of paper or how many thousand books and millions of word he has read all his life….that’s what i about yoou?for me,what’s the most important thing in this world is that our minds are open on what we call reality and truth about life and that Filipinos are still the best in everything but we admit that we are not perfect!that’s what a true honored student and a citizen is!!hahaha

  85. being the best you can be will never be measured by the institution you came from…it all depends on the individual as to how he would satisfy his thirst for learning…coz if you really are dumb then wherever you go, you will always be dumb…einstein didn’t even got his diploma but guess what, he is a genius!so there…

  86. Bakit alam niyo ba kung anong criteria ang ginamit sa Survey?…

    Alam niyo rin ba that both UP, and Ateneo, not even a single Unversity sa Pilipinas na pumayag na sumali sa surveys na yan. According to a forum message posted at their website that the survey should not be taken seriosly:

    to quote: “In evaluating institutions, however, the THES-QS computes half of the index based on its reputation as perceived by academics (peer review, 40%) and global employers (recruiter review, 10%). Since it is not specified who were surveyed or what questions were asked, the methodology is obviously vulnerable to manipulation.”

    “According to UP Vice President for Public Affairs Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, the University of the Philippines manifested its refusal to participate in THES-QS survey in writing as early as July 2007 because Times could not explain where it got the figures on which UP’s rank was based in 2006. In response to UP’s objection, however, Quacquarelli Symonds research assistant Saad Shabbir simply wrote back that if it did not receive the information by the deadline then it would be “forced to use last year’s data or some form of average.”

    Apparently for the QS researchers, old data would do—data that had been questioned precisely because its source was dubious. UP has not participated in any international survey of academic institutions since 2000. To date, the country’s National University has neither released official statistics for survey purposes nor consented to any survey undertaking by a local or international body.

    “Ateneo de Manila University, whose current rank was supposedly an improvement from last year, cautions its alumni and the public to view the results with some degree of prudence. In her comments on the 2007 THES-QS survey published in the Ateneo de Manila University website (, Vice President for the Loyola Schools Dr. Ma. Assunta C. Cuyengkeng writes that the rankings do not even reflect Ateneo’s vision and mission. Instead of getting distracted, Cuyengkeng encourages its community to work instead towards strengthening the leadership and excellence of faculty and students as its contribution to national development. ”

    “There is no debate about the importance of defining, measuring, interpreting and improving institutional excellence. But current international rankings contained in the THES-QS cannot be taken seriously until it establishes its own credibility with the academic community.”

    Read the full text at nang maliwanagan kayo…

  87. Hi,
    I would just want to know from where do most Pinoys base it when they say Indonesia is less developed then the Philippines? I have been living in Jakarta now for some time and I am Filipino, most Pinoys here who have good positions in big companies do nor share the same idea about us being more developed then Indonesia, though I love our country so much but let’s face it we might be in the last of the list when it comes to development.I am just saying give credit where credit is due and Indonesia is developing faster then we or are we basing it with the fact that most Pinoys can speak English more then our Indonesian counterparts cause that is a lousy basis for being “developed”…elmer

  88. Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking 2008 is out!

    Ateneo now outranks UP, though both schools made huge improvements from last year’s result.

    2007 2008
    UP 398th Ateneo 254th
    Ateneo 451st UP 276th

    Ateneo and UP also made it to the top 100 in two categories:

    Academic Review (Arts & Humanites)

    Ateneo 79th
    UP 82nd

    Employers Review (Graduates Employability)

    Ateneo 76th
    UP 82nd
    La Salle 92nd

    La Salle and UST didn’t make it to the over-all top 400.

    ( and hopefully, more Philippines schools will be recognized next year.)


    The following is a list of ten Philippine universities based on number of academic disciplines per university designated as a center of excellence (COE) and a center of development (COD) of a particular discipline. Note that disciplines are disparate among universities, each university having different program or curricular offerings and organizational structures. Some COE or COD status awards are given to either academic departments, or to individual academic degree programs. Some programs are only offered by certain universities and are not offered by others, which may account for the differences in figures.

    1.University of the Philippines, Diliman – 33
    2.De La Salle University-Manila -16
    3.University of the Philippines, Los Baños – 16
    4.University of Santo Tomas – 16
    5.Ateneo de Manila University – 13
    6.Adamson University – 11
    7.Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology – 11
    8.University of San Carlos – 10
    9.Xavier University (Cagayan de Oro) – 10
    10.St. Louis University – 9

  90. lol…all of you are competing which school is the best … this century Uni in pinas are sorry most grad student are send back to school when they go abroad for work….so, are your universities are giving good educ and knowledge, even pinoy get driving lesson in UK it takes ten years to pass……and thats from UP huh!…….whats you proud for……change your system you are so behind in Bangladesh…….


    As the University of the Philippines celebrates its 100th year of existence and prepares for more academic pursuits, it has denied having participated in the THES-QS SURVEY that appeared in broadsheets nationwide just recently. This is its press statement.

    The broadsheet, PDI in particular, enumerated the 2008 university rankings recently released by the Times Higher Education Supplement [THES] & Quacquarelli Symonds [QS] as follows:

    1. University of the Philippines [UP], from 398 in 2007 to 276 this year

    2. Ateneo de Manila University [ADMU], from 401-500 to 254

    3. De La Salle University [DLSU] was ranked 415th

    4. University of Santo Tomas [UST] was ranked 470th

    This is the 3rd year that such a survey has been conducted and its results given prominence by local dailies.

    But according to UP Vice President for Public Affairs Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, UP has never agreed to participate in this survey.

    In fact, this year, UP President Emerlinda R. Roman did not even receive an invitation to be a part of it nor did she receive any questionnaire to answer.

    What she did receive was an email message from QS Asia Regional Director [Asia Pacific], Mandy Mok, informing her that UP had “gone up in the rankings” for 2008.

    FurtherMore, the email also contained an invitation to buy “an attractive package” from THES-QS. The “package price,” which includes a banner on, a full page full color ad in Top Universities Guide 2009, and a booth at Top Universities Fair 2009, amounts to $48,930.

    Since UP was not invited to participate and therefore had not provided any data, UP officials do not know where and how the figures were obtained on which the ranking was based, Hidalgo said.

    “UP can hardly be expected to spend more than 2 million pesos on publicity for itself involving a survey conducted by an organization that refuses to divulge where it obtains its data,” she added.

    In 2007, UP was invited to participate in the survey, but when THES-QS refused to explain where it obtained the data used to determine UP’s rank in the 2006 survey, university officials decided not to accept the invitation to be part of the 2007 survey.

    In 2006, UP was ranked No. 299, and Ateneo was ranked No. 500.

    UP wrote THES-QS in July 2007, informing them of UP’s decision not to be a part of the survey; and again in September 2007, requesting the organization to respect UP’s decision.

    In response, research assistant Saad Shabir wrote back saying that if it did not receive the information it would be “forced to use last year’s data or some form of average.”

    Surveys and rankings obviously have their usefulness. But, as the National University – status officially granted to it with its New UP Charter on its centennial year – UP feels that before it agrees to participate in such an exercise, it must carefully examine the indices by which it is to be evaluated. It also needs to be convinced about the reliability of the methodology used in the exercised.

    The THES-QS ranking is supposedly meant to serve as “the definitive guide to universities around the world which truly excel.”

    In evaluating institutions it computes half of the index based on its reputation as perceived by academics [peer review 40%] and global employers [recruiter review 10%].

    Since it does not specify who are surveyed or what questions are asked, the methodology is problematic.

    In an earlier statement released in August this year, and carried by several national dailies, UP said: “Even peers require standardized input data to review.

    But according to the International Ranking Systems for Universities and Institutions: A Critical Appraisal, published by BioMed Central, the Times simply asks 190,000 ‘experts’ to list what they regard as the top 30 universities in their field of expertise without providing input data on any performance indicators [http://www.biomedce 1741-7015/ 5/30].

    Moreover, the survey response rate among selected experts was found to be below 1%.

    In other words, on the basis of possible selection biases alone, the validity of the measurement is shaky.” [See Pano, “Only Two RP Universities Made It…” UP Newsletter, August 2007, p. 5.]

    According to the statement, the other half of the index is based on such indicators as student-to faculty ratio, the number of foreign faculty and foreign students in the university, and the number of citations in internationally accredited publications.

    “Data for these indicators depend on the information that participating institutions submit. An institution’ s index may be easily distorted if it fails to submit data for the pertinent indicators, or if it chooses not to participate. ”

    Those who would like to get statements from officials of the University of the Philippines, you may contact the office of AVP Isabelita Reyes [Asst. Vice President for Public Affairs] Director, UP System Information Office through Tel. No. [02] 926-1572, or CP# 0918-9091361.

    How about officials from ADMU, DLSU and UST, have you noted the same anomalies? Or you don’t say anything because you are benefitted!


  92. just lookn” I’m proudly represents SLU-Baguio city for having in the top universities of our country.I’m stood up for better results for the coming years to come.And for the rest of the other universities in philippines,good luck and strive for a better standing.thank you……..

  93. It is obvious that there are always 3 universities to choose from among HS graduating students and we know what those 3 are.

    UST, an institution that is open to below average studes and accepts rejects of the 3 universities, should perform better especially theyre the oldest university in the country.

  94. UP must raise tuition to catch with Ateneo.

    Ateneo is now The Philippines’ Number One overall and has taken over our school. Added to that is Ateneo’s victories in many sports competitions this year

    1. i’m all for this suggestion….

      ….ONLY IF you give an alternative to the thousands of under-privileged kids who benefit from the UP education system…

      man, give those kids a chance to study. after all, UP’s tuition is “affordable” for a reason…

      it may not have the best facilities, but IT’S BY FAR THE TOP UNIVERSITY that gives quality educ at an affordable cost :)) (kumbaga, best pound fr pound, peso for peso :))

  95. Belligured, you’re TOTALLY WRONG!

    Medicine is UST’s specialization and yes, most UP college graduates are the ones populating UST Medical school. Most of these UP graduates who later transfer to UST graduated Cum Laude or above. Do you think UP Cum Laude graduates are below average? Sorry, you’re probably the one who is below average

  96. Bellliguered’s is higly opiniontaed, facts are very much absent. UST has produced many topnotchers already. Where is UP? Ateneo or La Salle/

    In terms of number of COEs and CODs…

    Mag-research ka naman kahit kunti

  97. “With the heterogenous mix of UP students, one has more exposure to the real world compared to Ateneo students. It is a known fact that 90% of Ateneans are in the middle to upper middle class income.”

    I agree that in terms of a mix of students, UP is incomparable to Ateneo but in terms of more exposure to the real world, I disagree with that comment. When I started out in ateneo, I also had the same misgivings that there would be this so-called less exposure to the real world or being sheltered from the harsh realities of life but I guess it really depends on the student as well on how s/he plans to spend their college years. There are those who prefer to stick to their own “social” groups and then there are those who are more adventurous and would venture out with different and interesting people. There are also those who just study a lot and don’t grab the opportunity to join a student organization, attend school activities or seminars, etc.

    it just saddens me sometimes to hear generalizations and narrow views not only of ateneo but all other universities in the philippines. i agree that all of this is a lot of hype. parents have this mentality of various universities because of the hype that’s created by the media and such rankings. i also agree that what’s important is coming out of these schools learning something but like your blog, this is only my personal opinion.

    i also want to make another comment regarding foreign students. i think that philippine universities should promote and invite more international students, researchers and professors to their campuses. i know that this is already being done by a number of universities but compared to other overseas schools, the number is really minimal. i believe attracting them to our universities makes a lot of difference because they bring with them added knowledge that could help our country in research, etc.

    1. hey I have a bro from Ateneo, I even took advanced summer classes there when I was in HS…

      I guess sa UP— YOU HAVE NO CHOICE but to be exposed to the real world,

      but as you said, it depends on the student, a student from Ateneo might be sheltered in campus…but he could very well expose himself to the “Real World” factors if he proactively chooses to do so…

      though UP has that edge, somehow, it still boils down to…

  98. All I can say is, among the BIG 4 (UP, ADMU, La Salle, UST) I think UST is the best. Why? Because it is the only University that opens doors of opportunities to everyone. Good or not good. Poor or rich. It is fair. Reasonable ang tuition fee nila unlike ng Ateneo na ang mahal mahal akala mo Harvard, same with La Salle. Yang mga schools na yan kasi, according to my grandpa who is a Filipino Linguistics expert who graduated in UP the teachers in the said self-proclaimed best universities such as Ateneo and UP are not exerting that much effort to mold their students and change them to be better. Why? Because they only accept “already good students”, eh kaya naman magaling dahil magagaling na ang mga tinatanggap. UST begs to differ, it takes the challenge to mold students and change them. They turn a lazy person into a hardworking one and a drunkard student into a Catholic preacher. Lastly, Tahimik ang UST sa mga pagalingan ng mga unibersidad na ito. UST is objective oriented and does not care about others’ statements. The fact na tahimik sila pero nakakapasok sa list ng top universities means that UST is humble and is MATURE! As for my closing statement, Ateneo is the best producer of corrupt leaders. Take NOGRALES (Atenista) for example. Isang sip sip na madaling pakainin ng pera ng pangulo at iba pa diyan. Look at LOZADA (a true Thomasian), alam niyang wala siyang mapapala pero he knows in his heart that what he did is his responsibility to his country. Now that is the best University. Yung hindi magagaling na ang tinatanggap kundi yung nagpapagaling ng dating hindi magaling. Yung nakakapagpabago ng puso at ng ugali, yung katamtaman lang ang lahat. Hindi masyado mahal at hindi masyado mahirap ang entrance exam pero the training is indeed hard. MaKIKICK out ka din kapag hindi ka nagbago at nag aral ng mabuti. UST is the most mature. UP at Ateneo kung ano ano pa sinasabi eh majority ng mga walang hiya nating Gov. Officials galing diyan sa mga yan. Pagalingan pa ng pagalingan eh sila din yung mga gumagawa ng mga tao na nakakapagpabagsak sa bansa natin. While UST on the other hand is trying to produce Godly and religous students that will fix the country. Lozada is a good example to look at. Keep on being silent UST for silence is humility and those who are humble will be put at the top. That’s a divine promise. That’s God’s promise. God Bless!


      do the actions of one person represent the character of the whole institution?

      dahil lang corrupt ang most Pinoy officials, corrupt din ba tayo lahat?

      dahil ba may priests na nang-sexually abuse ng mga altar boys, masama na ba lahat ng priests? or lahat ng Catholics for that matter?

      eh, we all come from the same institution diba? so if we use YOUR logic, well this is what we’ll come up with….

      (ganyan ba turo sa UST? hope not, hope ur the exception 🙂 )

  99. Walang Big 4. Big 3 lang. UP / ATENEO / LA SALLE.

    Kung talagang humble UST, bakit pinapipilitan bigyan ng recognition. It you really don’t care about others assessments about universities, why reply to this blog in the first place. Kasi sabik din kayo sa recognition.

    Wag hipokrito. Mamamatay ng nga Varsitarian sa galit sa Ateneo e dahil pinagpipilitan nilang sila ang mas amagaling at sila ang mas maka Diyos.

    Wag magmalinis.

  100. I’m an ESL teacher and have been teaching Koreans for a couple of years now. I had (and still have) several students who were graduates of Seoul National University (ranked 50th in the world), Korea Univ., and Yonsei. These are the top 3 Korean universities. For those who are affected by the result of the university rankings, this should not sadden you. Believe me, our universities are still way, way better in terms of curriculum. I had asked all my korean students who graduated from their top 3 universities, and you know what I discovered? Their curricula are not as good as ours. Their facilities may be more sophisticated but the kind of teaching methods and curriculum we have allow our students to analyze critically. Business students in those korean universities are not familiar with case analysis and feasibility studies/thesis. They didn’t even have practicum until recently some universities had included it in their curriculum. But ironically, for a long time, SNU has been topping the world ranking. They have too many MBA graduates but have shallow ideas. Imagine, they got accepted to the top universities in America, Australia and UK even without knowing how to solve a case analysis and prepare feasibility studies in college. There are many articles that you can find regarding their education. There are even comments from foreign teachers about their thinking abilities. This is not to insult Korea (even it’s people are dissatisfied with their educational system). I’m just trying to show and example and real picture. This world ranking is not really credible.

    I had a homebased student (korean). She got accepted to Carnegie-Mellon University. I taught her for three months. She couldn’t write a decent essay because she didn’t know much about economy, politics, etc.(she would copy-paste all the articles in the internet as if i didn’t know); have limited vocabulary (despite the fact that she speaks English because she studied in America); and she has limited knowledge of the world. She’s 19 years old. In the Philippines, a 16-year old student already has vast knowledge of everyday issues.

    To all students/graduates of Ateneo, La Salle, UP, UST and other high ranking Philippine universities hold your head up high. There are only two reasons why we were placed in the bottom: First, we don’t have money. In korea, they have oversupply of MBA graduates. Pero ka-level lang ng freshman sa UP ang utak. One of the criteria in the world ranking is the number of post graduates that a university has. Sadly, it’s not cheap to get a master’s degree in the Philippines. Second reason why we are in the bottom is that there are not much job opportunities in our country. Many graduates of our best schools end up unemployed or underemployed. In the world ranking, they also track the university’s record of producing graduates working as top executives of the top 500 corporations. Apparently, despite our being bright and talented, Filipinos are still discriminated that’s why only a few are given the opportunity to hold a high management positions in other countries. Those international companies have more regard to Asian nationalities who come from industrialized countries.

    Actually, I have many facts to give based on my experience as an ESL teacher. But i choose to respect my students and the countries they come from.

    To keep up with the world standard, I advise the students to harness their skills in math and science. If we can improve this, we can (re)gain our status as the center of education in Asia.

  101. Hahaha!!! Talagang nakakatawa!!! Well, hayaan na natin ang mga atenista to bask in their glory kuno.

    Well, regarding the THES-QS, its considered a garbage in several countries especially the USA. Common, UC Berkeley at 36 and Stanford, 17? What???

    This survey has cunning business motives just like the annual USNEWS Ranking. That is, if you don’t cooperate, they will erode your rank and eventually, destroy your image. That’s what they want to do with UP (remember the package offer?).

    Bottomline: The survey should never be taken seriously. In the first place how could UP be ranked when it did NOT PARTICIPATE?

    Parang ganito lang yan: In a beauty contest, 3 candidates vied for the crown (ADMU, DLSU, and UST). Then coronation night came and the winners were: 1st-ADMU, 2nd-UP, 3rd-DLSU, 4th-UST.
    Diba unfair? How could a non-participant ranked? Kalokohan!!!
    Kung ako sa tatlong schools, I’ll protest UP’s inclusion in the list.
    Wahahaha!!! THES talaga, joke!!!

    Lastly, here’s a list of some of the american schools that did not participate:
    UC Berkeley, UCLA, and other UC campuses, Stanford, Arizona State U, etc.
    So, UP is not alone.

    For those who believe the THES, well, KEEP ON BELIEVING!!Hahaha!!!

  102. I am a freshman from a ‘commoner’ university here in my province.

    It really annoys me that this argument on which is better or who is the best leads the country into deeper nothingness. All of you are claiming that you have the laurel wreath in your heads and all the others are below you, not even worth of the comparison.

    Ok.Each of us has a legacy to brag about, to show. Pero pag kami bang mga estudyante, regardless of our intellectual capacities, study habits and morals e guaranteed na magiging succesful pag sa isang particular na university o college kami grumaduate?

    The Alma Mater you came from might be a factor, but the school itself is not the only issue for you to be accepted in your preferred job. Meron akong instructors na nanggaling sa UP, sa DLSU at sa UST, isa lang ang sinasabi nila; the transcript of records speaks for itself.

  103. In my 4+ years at the green side and numerous stints outside the university in different competitions and activities with great students from other schools, I would say that hands-down UP, La Salle and Ateneo are the top schools here with a lot of other universities continuing to make a name for themselves. UST and the U Belt area schools have proven that they too, are also able to produce high-calibre students especially in degrees that leads to a board exam. I have also seen students from Holy Angel University in Pampanga, as well as U of San Carlos in Cebu do well in competitions with the top 3 schools. It really doesn’t matter where you come from, students just need to persevere and work hard to do well.

    For those who are lost, depend on your chosen field instead of the school’s ranking or prestige since there is no school out there which have a perfect roster of good professors nor a perfect curriculum. I chose Applied Economics and Accountancy in La Salle over Management Engineering in Ateneo since I’d rather have two specializations than a more general perspective.

    The only rankings that matter would be board exam results for degrees that have board exams on that field, otherwise, it would be really hard to compare especially if its Ateneo and La Salle since there would always be a lot of bias. Picks for business courses: economics, business ad and accountancy in UP, management courses and legal management in Ateneo; and Accountancy, Finance and Marketing in DLSU (these are recommended to be taken with economics as a second degree as it would really complement your chosen field).

  104. I have noticed that most people from UP could not accept the fact that they were overtaken by Ateneo on university ranking. I admire UP but they should accept the result positively. What UP can do is to try its best to improve its standard of education esp. its facilities
    Don’t blame Ateneo but instead give her the due credit, for the past few years Ateneo had indeed improved a lot in so far as academic is concern.

    1. I guess you have to understand them/us because it can be hard to take.

      I mean, for anyone who’s been ON TOP even in that “insignificant survey.” – mahirap talaga. para lang yang natatalo sa UAAP lol 🙂

      Although, I’ll have to agree that we shouldn’t blame Ateneo. Rather, blame the biased survey instead. Hehe. I mean, IT’S BIASED. IT’S BEEN BIASED FROM THE START.

      P.S. Just see the Korean teacher’s post. I’ve encountered some exchange students who also had MBAs pero parang slow pa rin seriously, not just because of their bad English…

      1. Hindi gauge for intelligence ang proficiency sa English. Buisness oriented lang talaga ang mga “bagay-bagay” kaya siya promoted ng media at mga gobyerno around the world. World Market, Globalization etc., etc…. Anyweeeeeeeeiiii according TIMMS naman, most schools that top math, science and etc. are never usually English speaking countries.

        (isa pang)Anyway, to Mabini, actually karamihan ay kebs lang sa sitwasyon. bitter lang daw mga Atenista dahil di sila pumasa sa UPCAT. de, joke lang. Congrats to Ateneo kung nagtop sila sa THES-QS

        Yun lang. Balik na ako sa pagsearch ng list of GE subjects sa Google.

  105. hi guys, i just want to ask a question.

    i passed both UPCAT and ACET and im finding it hard to decide which school to go to. i’ve read this blog and, well, i got even more confused. 🙂 in UP i passed Brod Com while i got Com Arts in ADMU.

    which school do you think should i go to?

  106. hi everyone.

    I’m almost done with my freshman year here in UPD.

    of course, dumaan din ako sa dyan sa hype ng pagpili ng university na papasukan.

    assessment ko sa UP?

    nagustuhan ko yung diversity nung mga tao.
    i’ve had classmates from ultra-far-flung places like Abra, Leyte, and Dubai.
    madami ding international students.
    iba-iba yung personalities. iba-iba yung views nila, at mga beliefs sa buhay.
    i’ve had some of the most intellectually-satisfying class discussions sa UP. napaka-lively ng discussions. may mga class din na boring pero at some point, talagang magkaka-debate dahil inihahayag talaga yung mga views nila at likewise, may magre-react. maagalind din yung mga professor at open sila to corrections/contradictions.
    lahat na ata ng uri nga tao meron sa UP. hahaha.

    maganda rin na yung UP students exposed sa mga realities ng lipunan. hindi totoo na tinotolerate yung liberalism, in fact, madaming attempts yung administration na i-curtail yung freedom ng mga estudyante. talagang may struggle. so parang it’s up to the student kung ano gagawin niya–kung makiki-rally ba siya or magiging passive na lang–walang mag-i-impose sa kanya ng dapat gawin.
    so parang it’s in your hands talaga kung ano ang kahihinatnan mo.

    madami ding opportunities for extra-curricular development. nandiyan yung mga orgs, mga samu’t saring fora at film-viewings.

    yung tution, ok naman. it’s sad na tumaas ito dahil mas madami nang di maka-afford lalo na yung from lower-income families. thankfully stfap bracket C ako at kahit papano nai-raraos ng parents ko ang expenses ng college education. though hindi pa rin talaga ako pabor sa tuition increase.

    i think lahat naman ng institutions ay flawed. it’s good nga na may competition among universities, kasi competition is healthy. lalo lang napapaganda yung quality ng what a school has to offer as it tries to keep abreast with the rest of the competing schools.

    hindi tama yung pagtalunan yung kung anong school yung mas maganda or hindi, kasi, lagi namang may taint ng bias mga judgements natin. 🙂

    may kanya-kanyang advantages ang pag-aaral sa iba’t ibang universities.

    for UP, it’s the people–the student body and faculty–that makes the university tick. Iba kasi talaga 🙂 (Go UP!)

  107. FYI, guyz,

    CHED and PRC named UP System was ranked as the best performing state and over all philippine university in the land with 85.7% over all passing rate in all board exam courses they offer

    It is followed by the University of Santo Tomas with 80% over all passing rate in all board exam courses they offer


    UP System: best performing public university (over all as well)
    UST: Best performing private university

  108. be respectful to others when giving your opinion. because everyone of us doesn’t have the right criticize a certain school if we don’t have any proven proof.

    One more thing, the behaviour of a certain student doesn’t reflect to that school where he/she belongs to. Its not the school’s problem (catholic or public or private) if the student doesn’t project themselves according to their school’s image.

    Let us work on how to improve our tertiary education. Its a sad fact that Philippines has the most number of tertiary institutions but only four were being recognized internationally.

    I dont belong to any Big 4 universities but for those who keeps on saying that it is only big 3, you guys think again.

    UP, AdMU, DLSU and UST are renowned internationally

    Ateneo, UST and USC (University of San Carlos in Cebu) were chosen to be corporate partners of Harvard University in the Philippines.

    Ateneo, La Salle and Santo Tomas were included in the schools awarded with 5 year autonomous status by CHED.

    Santo Tomas established linkages with Cambridge University in UK, I’m not sure with Ateneo and La Salle, any one knows?

    Forbes Asia Magazine includes UP, AdMU, DLSU, UST and UE as one of the best performing universities in Asia

    Edu Universal includes UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST, USC and AIM (Asian Institute of Management) in the TOP 1,000 business schools in the world

    Indeed, there are BIG FOUR Universities in the Philippines:

    University of the Philippines System
    Ateneo de Manila University
    De La Salle University – Manila
    University of Santo Tomas – Manila

  109. I’ve been to DLSU Manila for MA, currently in Ateneo for PhD studies and my undergrad was in Xavier University, the Ateneo school in Cagayan de Oro City. I was able to attend some classes in UP last sem because my prof in Ateneo teaches the same subject in UP, and we sometimes have our classes in UP. I’m teaching in DLSU-Dasmarinas presently.
    So friends, I know about these schools.
    Each has its own strengths and weaknesses which everyone has discussed above. In the end, it all depends on the student. After receiving the course syllabus during the first meeting, if the student reads ahead of class religiously, it will no longer matter which school you are in, you’ll be smarter than the rest, and your teacher will know that when you speak in class. I should know, because as a college prof for about 10 years, I tend to grade students higher if they are able to show that they have read.
    Btw, if you guys (high school seniors) are tired of traffic, pollution and stressful life in the Metro, check out DLSU-D. I guarrantee you will not be dissapointed. Lush environment, affordable tuition fees, approachable teachers and staff members…. check our website http://www.dasma,

  110. The Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas, The Catholic University of the Philippines (or simply UST or affectionately, “Ustê”), is a private Roman Catholic university run by the Order of Preachers in Manila. Founded on April 28, 1611 by archbishop Miguel de Benavides, it has the oldest extant university charter in the Philippines and in Asia. and is one of the world’s largest Catholic universities in terms of enrollment found in one campus. UST is also the largest university in the city of Manila. Having the distinction as the only Pontifical University in Asia, UST is the only university, Catholic or not, to have been visited by two popes three times: once by Pope Paul VI on Nov. 28, 1970, and twice by Pope John Paul II on Feb. 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995.

    The University is composed of several autonomous faculties, colleges, schools and institutes, each conferring undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees, and the basic education units. Several degrees have been accredited by the Commission on Higher Education as Centers of Excellence and Centers of Development.

    The Patron of the University is St. Thomas Aquinas, while St. Catherine of Alexandria is the Patroness.

    Prominent Thomasians include saints, Philippine presidents, heroes, artists, scientists, professionals and religious figures, who have figured well in the history of the Philippines.

    The athletic teams are the Growling Tigers, members of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines and are consistent winners of the Overall Championship.

    Foreign cooperation and consortia

    Royal Society of London (through the National Academy of Science and Technology)
    The University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
    The Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
    Sweden International Management Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
    Cranfield University, United Kingdom
    Imperial College, United Kingdom
    University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
    University of Greenwich
    Maastricht University, The Netherlands
    University of Arizona, USA
    Centenary College of New Jersey, USA
    Alleghen University of the Health Sciences, Philadelphia, USA
    Medical College of Pennsylvania, USA
    International Association of Catholic Medical Schools, USA
    Gifu University, Japan
    Nippon Institute of Technology, Japan
    Sosozhia College, Osaka, Japan
    Asian Productivity Organization, Japan
    Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship, Japan
    Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation, Japan
    Kyung Hee University, Korea
    Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia
    La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia
    Atma Jaya Catholic University, Jakarta, Indonesia
    Chonbuk National University, South Korea
    University of Bologna, Italy

  111. Thomasian Alumni Roster:


    ¢José Rizal
    ¢Gregorio Labayan Aglipay – first Supreme Bishop of the Iglesia Filipina Independiente
    ¢Baldomero Aguinaldo – (Bachelor of Laws), a leader of the Philippine Revolution.
    ¢Emilio Jacinto
    ¢Fr. Jose Burgos
    ¢Apolinario Mabini – staunch anti-imperialist during the American occupation
    ¢Antonio Luna
    ¢Rafael Palma
    ¢Marcelo H. Del Pilar
    ¢Claro M. Recto – senator
    ¢Pedro Abad Santos – physician and lawyer, anti-Japanese guerrilla in World War II
    ¢Jose W. Diokno – Secretary of Justice under President Diosdado Macapagal


    ¢Manuel L. Quezon – 1st President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines, considered the 2nd President after Emilio Aguinaldo.
    ¢Sergio Osmena – 2nd President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
    ¢Jose P. Laurel – 3rd President of the Philippines, President of the 2nd Republic.
    ¢Diosdado Macapagal – 9th President of the Philippines, 5th President of the 3rd Republic.

    Chief Justices

    ¢Cayetano Arellano – 1901 – 1920
    ¢Victorino Mapa – 1920-1921
    ¢Ramon Avancena – 1925-1941
    ¢Jose Abad Santos – 1941-1942
    ¢Roberto Concepcion – 1966-1973
    ¢Andres Narvasa – 1991 – 1998


    ¢Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez
    ¢Cancio C. Garcia
    ¢Renato C. Corona

    Government and Politics

    ¢Rey B. Aquino – (Doctor of Medicine) representative of the Third District of Pampanga.
    ¢Lito Atienza – (B.S. Architecture) Manila city mayor, 1998-2008.
    ¢Melecio Arranz – (B.S. Civil Engineering)
    ¢Jose Avelino – (Master of Laws) Senate president of the first congress.
    ¢Ruffy Biazon – (B.S. Medical Technology) representative of the Lone District of Muntinlipa City.
    ¢Isabelo delos Reyes – founder, Iglesia Filipina Independiente; labor leader during the American period and pioneer Filipino socialist
    ¢Harriet Demetriou – (Bachelor of Laws) – first female chairperson, Commission on Elections
    ¢Jaime Carlos de Veyra – resident commissioner from the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
    ¢Henrietta “Tita” de Villa – Philippine ambassador to the Vatican.
    ¢Loi Estrada – (Doctor of Medicine) senator
    ¢Peter Favila – (B.S. Commerce) Trade and Insutry secretary of the Arroyo Government.
    ¢Raul Gonzalez – jurist and Justice secretary of the Arroyo Government.
    ¢Benito Legarda y Tuason – a resident commissioner of congress.
    ¢Joey Lina – (A.B. Economics 1975) former senator/cabinet member
    ¢Fernando López – (Bachelor of Laws) Vice President of the Republic of the Philippines for three terms, under President Elpidio Quirino (1949-1953), and Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1969 and 1969-1972)
    ¢Pablo Ocampo – a resident commissioner
    ¢Emmanuel Pelaez – (Bachelor of Laws) Sixth Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines.
    ¢Francisco Soc Rodrigo – (B.S. Education
    ¢Francisco Tatad – (B.S. Philosophy) senator of Eleventh congress
    ¢Victor Ziga – senator of the Eight congress

    Military and Policemen

    ¢Lt. Gen. Alberto Fernando F. Braganza AFP
    ¢Lt. Gen. Pedro Cabuay AFP
    ¢P/CSupt. Marcelo Ele (DSC) PNP
    ¢Col. Alberto(Boy) I. Gabriel MC (GSC) PA – (Faculty of Medicine & Surgery)
    ¢Cpt. Milo Maestrecampo (INF) PA – (Graduate School)
    ¢Lt. Antonio Trillanes IV PN – (UST High School)
    ¢2Lt. Franco Salvador Suelto (INF) PA (B.S. Psychology-2002) 1st UST Alumni who graduated from Royal Military College of Australia – June 2006
    ¢Brig.Gen. Vicente Ranjo Raval PC (Member of the first batch of Advance ROTC Cadets graduated in a precedent setting ceremony on March 1939)
    ¢P/CSupt. Manuel Tandiama Raval PNP



    ¢St. Pedro Almato
    ¢St. Guillame Courtet
    ¢St. Domingo Ibanez de Erquicia
    ¢St. Lucas del Espiritu Santo
    ¢St. Vicente Liem dela Paz
    ¢St. Domingo Henares
    ¢St. Antonio Gonzales
    ¢St. Jose Ma. Diaz Sanjurjo
    ¢St. Thomas Hoiji de San Jacinto


    ¢Rev. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Ernesto Arceo, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Tamerlane Lana, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Edmund Nantes, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Hilario Singian, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Regino Cortez, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Rogelio Alarcon, O.P.
    ¢Rev. Fr. Pedro V. Salgado, O.P.
    ¢Most. Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D. PhD.
    ¢Most. Rev. Jose Salazar, O.P., D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Antonieto D. Cabajog, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Jose R. Rojas Jr., D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Oscar V. Cruz, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Pedro R. Dean, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Carmelo Morelos, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Orlando B. Quevedo, O.M.I., D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Ernesto A. Salgado, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Diosdado A. Talamayan, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Jesus B. Toquib, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Raul Q. Martire, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Nicholas M. Mondejar, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Miguel G. Purugganan, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Salvador Q. Quizon, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Deogracias Iñiguez, D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Jose R. Rojas Jr., D.D.
    ¢Most. Rev. Manuel C. Sobreviñas, D.D.

    Arts, Humanities and Science

    National Artists

    ¢Ernani Cuenco
    ¢Victorio C. Edades – painter, director of School of Fine Arts. Leader of the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns, leader of the Triumvirate of Modern Arts.
    ¢Carlos “Botong” Francisco – painter, professor, leader of the revolutionary Thirteen Moderns, leader of the Triumvirate of Modern Arts.
    ¢Nick Joaquín – writer and journalist
    ¢F. Sionil Jose – novelist
    ¢Ang Kiukok – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1954) visual artist.
    ¢Leandro V. Locsin – architect, and interior designer. Tanghalang Pambansa (Main Building), Tanghalang Francisco Balagtas (Folk Arts Theater), Philippine International Convention Center, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Manila Hotel, etc.
    ¢Bienvenido Lumbera – prizewinning poet, critic and dramatist.
    ¢Juan Nakpil
    ¢J. Elizalde Navarro
    ¢Alejandro Roces – Philippine Star columnist, essayist.
    ¢Ildefonso Santos
    ¢Rolando Tinio – poet, dramatist, director, actor, critic, essayist and educator.
    ¢Amado V. Hernandez – poet, journalist, novelist, playwright

    Literary and visual artists

    ¢Bayani Ray Acala – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising, 1996), member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Jun Alfon – (Bachelor of Fine Arts), member Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Tam Austria – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1954) painter, member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Angelito Antonio – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1962) painter of Filipino genre paintings.
    ¢Teo Antonio – poet
    ¢Eugenia Apostol – 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Journalism Awardee.
    ¢Arnold Molina Azurin – (Bachelor of Philosophy) poet, anthropologist
    ¢Manuel Baldemor – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1968) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Lito Barcelona – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Cirilo F. Bautista – poet, fictionist, critic and writer of nonfiction.
    ¢Norma Belleza – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Teodoro Benigno – journalist.
    ¢Charito Bitanga – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975) member of Art Verite’ Gallery, Dean of PWU
    ¢Jose Burgos, Jr. – journalist, activist
    ¢Blanco Jose – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1955) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Carmelo Casas – architect, designed Church of the Gesu of Ateneo De Manila University.
    ¢Roberto Chabet – (Bachelor of Architecture) member of Art Verite’ Gallery, pioneer In conceptual art in the Philippines
    ¢Bonifacio Cristobal – one of the Thirteen Moderns.
    ¢Neal Cruz – Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist
    ¢Virginia “Gini” Cruz – animator, Finding Nemo.
    ¢Rina Jimenez-David – journalist, Philippine Daily Inquirer.
    ¢Jose “Joe” Datuin – artist, designed IP Seal (Intellectual Property Coalition), 2003 Gawad Pres. Manuel L. Quezon.
    ¢Lourd Ernest de Veyra – (AB Journalism) poet, songwriter, journalist; lead vocalist of rock band Radioactive Sago Project; member, Artists for the Removal of Gloria (ARREST Gloria)
    ¢Gene De Loyola – member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Tony DeZuniga – DC Comics and Marvel, drew X-Men, Spider-Man.
    ¢Ophelia A. Dimalanta – poet, critic, fictionist, and academician
    ¢Eric Gamalinda – poet.
    ¢Gernale Elmer – member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Rod Espinosa – comics creator, writer and illustrator, “Best artist” for the 2000 Ignatz Awards.
    ¢J. Neil Garcia – poet, literary critic
    ¢Lamberto Hechanova – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo – fictionist, critic, and writer.
    ¢Diosdado Lorenzo – professor, headed the School of Fine Arts, one of the Thirteen Moderns.
    ¢Lira Luis – first Filipino architect at American icon, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin since 1937.
    ¢Madarang Mariano – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1958) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Manolito Tolentino Mayo – member of Art Verite’ Gallery, sculpture and graphic artist.
    ¢Vicente Manansala – College of Fine Arts professor, 1951.
    ¢Francisco Manosa – architect, designed famous hotels and resorts, commercial establishments, and the Edsa Shrine.
    ¢Sofronio Mendoza – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Ricardo Montilla – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Jerry Navarro – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, 1951) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Galo B. Ocampo – College of Fine Arts professor. Leader of the Triumvirate of Modern Arts.
    ¢Romulo Olazo – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Ramon Orlina – (B.S. Architecture, 1965) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Jose Pardo – professor, architect, one of the Thirteen Moderns.
    ¢Mario Parial – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising, 1969) award-winnning artist
    ¢Rodrigo Perez III – (B.S. Architecture)
    ¢Ponciano BP Pineda
    ¢Jose Pedro Recio – architect, designed Church of the Gesu of Ateneo De Manila University.
    ¢Rene Robles – (Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1975) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Manuel Rodriguez, Jr. – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Dominic Rubio – (B.S. Fine Arts in Commercial Arts) member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Rodolfo Samonter – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Juvenal Sanso – member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Rogelio R. Sikat – fictionist, playwright, translator and educator.
    ¢Aro Soriano – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising) member of Art Verite’ Gallery
    ¢Edwin Tres Reyes – (College of Architecture and Fine Arts 1989) art director, member of Galerie Joaquin,
    ¢Lydia Velasco – (Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising) graphic artist, member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Bernard Vista – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) graphic artist, member of Galerie Joaquin
    ¢Oscar Zalameda – (Bachelor of Fine Arts) member of Art Verite’ Gallery

    People in medicine and health professions

    ¢Dr. Francisco Duque III – (Doctor of Medicine) Philippine Secretary of Health.
    ¢Dr. Carmencita Reodica – (Doctor of Medicine) Former Philippine Secretary of Health.
    ¢Dr. Raul Fores
    ¢Dr. Tito P. Torralba
    ¢Dr. Hubert G.H. Wong
    ¢Dr. Vicky Belo
    ¢Dr. Rollo Chan Milante – (M.D 1986) Respected Eye Specialists.
    ¢Dr. George Garcia
    ¢Dr. Hayden Kho, Jr.
    ¢Dr. Willie Nacorda Lagdameo
    ¢Dr. Rosendo R. Roque – (2006 PMA, Most Outstanding Physician for Speciality/Subspeciality and Affiliate Societies)
    ¢Agnes Medenilla – (B.S. Medical Technology) PAMET (Philippine Association of Medical Technologist) President.

    Performing artists and people of the broadcast media

    ¢Jullie Yap Daza
    ¢Cesar Apolinario
    ¢Maki Pulido
    ¢Ali Sotto
    ¢Michelle Aldana – (B.S. Nursing) Miss Asia Pacific 1993
    ¢Archie Alemania – (A.B. Communication Arts)
    ¢Cher Calvin
    ¢Iza Calzado – (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
    ¢Robert Cena
    ¢Alma Carvajal-Concepcion – Miss International 1994 Semi-Finalist
    ¢Isay Alvarez
    ¢Sarah Christophers
    ¢Arnold Clavio – (A.B. Journalism) News Anchor
    ¢Ting-Ting Cojuangco
    ¢JC Cuadrado
    ¢Jessie Alice Salones Dixson – Miss International 1986 Semi-Finalist
    ¢Brenan Espartinez – (B.S. Commerce)
    ¢Charlene Gonzales – (B.S. Psychology) Actress, TV Host, Bb. Pilipinas-Universe 1994, Miss Universe 1994 Semi-Finalist
    ¢Sarah Geronimo – (UST High School)
    ¢Toni Gonzaga – (Faculty of Arts and Letters)
    ¢Kat Hermosa
    ¢Bridgette Inoferio – Model of the Year 2005
    ¢John Lapuz – (College of Education)
    ¢Angel Locsin – (UST High School)
    ¢Allison Lualhati
    ¢Jao Mapa – (B.S. Fine Arts)
    ¢Albert Martinez
    ¢Chynna Ortaleza – (A.B. Communication Arts)
    ¢Precious Lara Quigaman – (B.S. Nursing) Miss International 2005
    ¢Miriam Quiambao – Miss Universe 1999 1st Runner-up
    ¢Evangeline Luis Pascual – Miss World 1973 1st Runner-up
    ¢Piolo Pascual – (B.S. Physical Therapy) actor
    ¢Dennis Padilla – (A.B. Political Science)
    ¢Joanne Quintas-Primero
    ¢Polo Ravales – (College of Education)
    ¢Daisy Reyes – ¢Michelle Reyes – Miss Tourism International 2001
    ¢Eagle Riggs – (A.B. Communication Arts)
    ¢Dimples Romana – (Arts and Letters) UAAP courtside reporter, actress
    ¢Zorayda Sanchez – (A.B. Journalism)
    ¢Aiza Seguerra – (College of Fine Arts and Design)
    ¢Jennifer Sevilla – ( Faculty of Arts and Letters)
    ¢Ciara Sotto – (Conservatory of Music)
    ¢Ariel Ureta – TV host and sports buff
    ¢Eula Valdez – Liberal Arts
    ¢Nonoy Zuñiga – (Doctor of Medicine)
    ¢Callalily band members – Kean Cipriano, Aaron Paul Ricafrente, Alden Acosta, Lemuel Belaro – (Conservatory of Music)
    ¢Hale band members: Sheldon Gellada, Roll Martinez
    ¢Join the Club band members
    ¢”Don Henry” Henry Bolo – (A.B. Communication Arts) Radio Deejay, Sound Designer
    ¢Harry Santos – (Conservatory of Music)
    ¢Chester Medina – (College of Science)
    ¢Jane Zaleta – {Arts and Letters)

    Business People

    ¢Tony Tan Caktiong – founder and current Chairman and CEO of Jollibee, Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines award in 2004, also won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year World in 2004.
    ¢Nina Aguas – Banker/Former Country Chairman of Citigroup Philippines.
    ¢Washington SyCip – founder of the Asian Institute of Management.
    ¢Alfredo Velayo- Co-founder of SVG Co. UST Alfredo Velayo School of Accountancy.
    ¢Lucio Tan


    ¢Bogs Adornado – basketball (Philippine Basketball Association 3-time MVP), Adamson University head coach
    ¢Rubilen Amit – pool player
    ¢Cyrus Baguio – basketball
    ¢Peachie Gayne Buan – volleyball, Ms. USTHS runner up, former cheerleader
    ¢Mary Jean Balse – volleyball , youngest player to be in the National Team at the age of 18, MVP Shakey’s V-League first season
    ¢Joan Botor-Carpio – member of the national team for 13 years now
    ¢Alfrancis Chua – PBA Sta. Lucia Realtors’ head coach
    ¢Kate Co Yu Kang – volleyball
    ¢Bal David – basketball
    ¢Rubie de Leon – volleyball
    ¢Aric del Rosario – basketball
    ¢Jethro Dionisio – RP’s top shooter
    ¢Dennis Espino – basketball
    ¢Rey Evangelista – basketball
    ¢Binky Favis – PBA Coca-Cola Tigers’ head coach
    ¢Gerard Francisco – basketball
    ¢Donald Geisler – taekwondo-jin
    ¢Tsomlee Go – taekwondo-jin
    ¢Pido Jarencio – present coach UST Growling Tigers, Assistant coach PBA San Miguel Beermen
    ¢Ian Laurel – volleyball
    ¢Christian Luanzon – basketball
    ¢Joyce Pano – volleyball
    ¢Roxanne Pimentel – member of the National Team for 13 years now and has won a lot of MVP awards
    ¢Iago Raterta – basketball, Ramp model
    ¢Antonio Siddayao – Dean of Filipino sportswriters
    ¢Siot Tanquincen – PBA Barangay Ginebra Kings’ coach
    ¢Recah Trinidad – sports analyst
    ¢Marlon Villarin – badminton player
    ¢Richard Yee – basketball

    Famous Thomasians

    ¢Ophelia A. Dimalanta
    ¢Teodoro Valencia
    ¢Zeneida Amador
    ¢Jose Syquia
    ¢Nina Aguas
    ¢Jose Rene Villa-Real
    ¢Francisco Eizmendi
    ¢Rebecca Añonuevo
    ¢Antonio Austria
    ¢Jose Guevarra
    ¢Felix Hidalgo
    ¢Josephine Acosta Pasricha – indologist
    ¢Jose Wendell Capili
    ¢Eric Gamalinda
    ¢Tony Tan-Caktiong
    ¢Alice Colet-Villadolid
    ¢Peter B. Favila
    ¢Gilbert Luis R. Centina III, OSA
    ¢Lourd de Veyra
    ¢Neal Cruz
    ¢Recah Trinidad
    ¢Emerita Quito
    ¢Florentino Timbreza
    ¢Manuel Dy
    ¢Romualdo Abulad
    ¢Magdalena Alonso-Villaba
    ¢Alfredo Pimentel Co
    ¢Sr. Delia Coronel
    ¢Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas
    ¢Florentino Hornedo
    ¢Francisco del Rosario
    ¢Bong Osorio
    ¢Commissioner Jose David Lapus
    ¢Arlene Maneja – Philippine Bar Topnotcher, 2002


    ¢Zennie Aceron – Medical Technology Professor
    ¢Rodolfo R. Rabor – PASMETH President, Medical Technology Professor
    ¢Fortunato B. Sevilla III, Ph.D – Dean, College of Science
    ¢Rosalinda Solevilla, Ph.D – National Scientist Faculty of Pharmacy
    ¢Mafel Ysrael, Ph.D Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biolgy

    Honorary Thomasians

    ¢Rev. Eugene McGuiness (Doctor of Canon Law)
    ¢Rev. Cornelius Brenan (Doctor of Philosophy and Literature)
    ¢Frank Murphy (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Sergio Osmena (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Most Rev. Fr. Martin Gillet, O.P. (Doctor of Philosophy and Literature}
    ¢Aurora A. Quezon (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Andres Soriano (Doctor of Commerce)
    ¢Gen. Douglas MacArthur (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Manuel Roxas (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Rufino Cardinal Santos (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Carlos P. Romulo (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢King Juan Carlos de Borbón (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Duke of Gloucester Richard Walter George (Doctor of Fine Arts)
    ¢Joseph Cardinal Hoffner (Doctor of Humanities)
    ¢Victorio Edades (Doctor of Fine Arts)
    ¢Cesar Bengzon (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Andres Soriano Jr. (Doctor of Business Management)
    ¢Most Rev. Bruno Torpigliani , D.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢H.E. Sebastiano Cardinal Baggio (Doctor of Canon Law)
    ¢Dr. Peter de Somer (Doctor of Medical Sciences)
    ¢Corazon Cojuangco Aquino (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Arturo Modesto Tolentino – (Doctor of Civil Law – meritissimus)
    ¢Jaime Cardinal Sin (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢Sir Knight Virgil Dechant (Doctor of Humanities)
    ¢Emilio T. Yap (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Metropolitan Damaskinus Papandreou of Switzerland (Doctor of Theology)
    ¢Archbishop Jose Cardinal Sanchez (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢Dr. Mah Soo-Lay (Doctor of Humanities)
    ¢Jose Cardinal Sanchez (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢H.E. Josef Cardinal Glemp, D.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢H.E. Eduardo Cardinal Pironio (Doctor of Sacred Theology)
    ¢H.E. Eduardo Frei (Doctor of Political Science)
    ¢Dr. Chiara Lubich (Doctor of Theology)
    ¢Daisy Hontiveros-Avella (Doctor of Humanities)
    ¢Lucio Tan (Doctor of Commerce)
    ¢Tony Tan-Caktiong (Engineering)
    ¢UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura (Doctor of Laws)
    ¢Grace Ramos Mangubat Chemical Engineer

  112. Guys, help me naman po.
    Im an incoming senior student.
    And ngayong bakasyon , im kinda thinking of what course ang kukunin ko.
    coz i have lots of interest.

    ung mom ko , UST ang alma mater niya ,
    doon , nagtake xa ng masteral and doctorate degree.
    so as expected, doon niya ako gustong pagaralin.
    bumili n nga sila ng pad sa likod ng uste. So dun ako magstay.

    After reading this blog , i got confused on what course i’ll take.
    My first choice is uste, balak ko nursing muna , then med.
    [ Dream Job is to be a doctor ].

    pero gusto ko kasi ung exciting at yayaman ako.

    can you guys help me??
    Now im reviewing at MSA review center.
    Mageexam ako sa ADMU,UST,DLSU,UP,FEU.. ok naba yan?
    i think i’ll pass naman.

    thnaks. pleeease help. :)))

  113. uulitin ko lang po:

    be respectful to others when giving your opinion. because everyone of us doesn’t have the right criticize a certain school if we don’t have any proven proof.

    One more thing, the behaviour of a certain student doesn’t reflect to that school where he/she belongs to. Its not the school’s problem (catholic or public or private) if the student doesn’t project themselves according to their school’s image.

    Let us work on how to improve our tertiary education. Its a sad fact that Philippines has the most number of tertiary institutions but only four were being recognized internationally.

    I dont belong to any Big 4 universities but for those who keeps on saying that it is only big 3, you guys think again.

    UP, AdMU, DLSU and UST are renowned internationally

    Ateneo, UST and USC (University of San Carlos in Cebu) were chosen to be corporate partners of Harvard University in the Philippines.

    Ateneo, La Salle and Santo Tomas were included in the schools awarded with 5 year autonomous status by CHED.

    Santo Tomas established linkages with Cambridge University in UK, I’m not sure with Ateneo and La Salle, any one knows?

    Forbes Asia Magazine includes UP, AdMU, DLSU, UST and UE as one of the best performing universities in Asia

    Edu Universal includes UP, Ateneo, La Salle, UST, USC and AIM (Asian Institute of Management) in the TOP 1,000 business schools in the world

    Indeed, there are BIG FOUR Universities in the Philippines:

    University of the Philippines System
    Ateneo de Manila University
    De La Salle University – Manila
    University of Santo Tomas – Manila

    Read more:

  114. it saddens me whenever I read downgrading feedback coming from a fellow Filipino. Filipinos have so much to say against each other. For example, I’d read so many comments criticizing the English grammar of the writer, or the one who has just posted a comment. Another instance is comparing the local movies/drama to another foreign films, and then proceed to saying “hay naku walang kwenta ang Filipino movies”, and would even have the balls to say that other Asian actors are better looking than ours. Argghh.

    This is all I can say, we are lucky because in the Philippines we have a lot of prestigious schools. If we graduate from the top 4 universities and start looking for a job, we not only compete with those graduates, but we find ourselves competing against many schools. Say, you are a UP or La Salle graduate, and the other applicants are from Don Bosco or Mapua, then you can’t be assured that you’ll get the job. Because, we know the calibre of the latter schools, especially when it comes to technical courses.

    Let’s not downgrade our own. We are ONE. This attitude is the main reason why foreigners who come to our country are outrageously discriminating us. Simply because we look down on ourselves.

    Should we not be proud that despite the lack of budget for our education, we still hear news every now and then that students from far flung provinces give pride to our country. In fact, many students from public schools in provinces are able to pass UPCAT, and students who graduated with honors from private schools in metro manila fail.

    What I’m trying to say here is that, our educational system is still fair. As mentioned by those people who have posted their comments above ~ nasa estudiante pa rin ang success niya. If he studies hard and stays focus, then he will be rewarded with fair opportunities, regardless of the school he came from. Most companies now don’t put too much weight on the name of the school. They are after one’s ability.

    And why do we take this world ranking seriously by the way? Our graduates are still the most sought after workers around the world. May it be white or blue collar jobs. We possess the right formula to become successful in and outside of the Phils: God-fearing, humble, witty, highly analytical, detailed, optimistic, patient, educated, fast learner, creative. What other nationalities have these all in one body? Tayo lang ang ganyan!

    Try to think of it, pinakyaw na nga natin lahat. Do you guys realize that we produce one of the best workers in the world, such as: doctors, nurses, teachers, scientists/inventors, pilots, architects, engineers, IT, chefs, fashion designers, singers, seafarers,constructions workers, domestic helpers. Let’s all pull them out altogether. Gosh, the world business will be crippled. The economy will be senseless and life will be inutile without Filipinos.

    God gifted us with a good heart, high IQ, and skills, while our country has produced for us many excellent schools to nurture our wisdom and intelligence.

    We have everything. The only thing that we don’t have is the attitude of loving and appreciating the Filipino in us.

    Just sharing my views 🙂

  115. errata

    “be respectful to others when giving your opinion. because everyone of us doesn’t have the right ” to” criticize a certain school if we don’t have any proven proof.”

    I’m from Letran by the way but I have so much respect from people who have studied in UP, AdMU, DLSU and UST. Indeed, in our society, they are much favored in JOB Fairs. Since we are in the season of job hunting, a lot of graduates of these 4 schools were hired already. and others were on waiting list.

  116. Autonomy and Deregulation
    In an effort to rationalize its supervision of institutions of higher learning, CHED has also prescribed guidelines for granting privileges of autonomy and deregulation to certain schools. According to the guidelines, the general criteria examined by CHED are an institution’s “long tradition of integrity and untarnished reputation,” “commitment to excellence,” and “sustainability and viability of operations.”

    Autonomous status
    Autonomous status allows universities to design their own curricula, offer new programs and put up branches or satellite campuses without having to secure permits, confer honorary degrees, and carry out operations without much interference from CHED. Aside from all host state colleges and universities and other chartered public universities, such as the University of the Philippines, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and Mindanao State University, a number of private schools have also been granted autonomous status. These include the following:

    5 years, 15 November 2007 to 14 November 2012

    Assumption College
    Ateneo de Davao University
    Ateneo de Manila University
    Centro Escolar University
    De La Salle University
    Miriam College
    St. Joseph’s College of Quezon City
    Saint Louis University,Baguio City
    University of St. Louis,Tuguegarao City
    University of Santo Tomas

    1 year, 15 November 2007 to 14 November 2008

    Ateneo de Zamboanga University
    Baliuag University
    Central Philippine University
    Holy Name University
    San Beda College
    Silliman University
    St. Paul University Manila
    St. Paul University Dumaguete
    St. Scholastica’s College
    University of San Carlos
    University of San Jose-Recoletos
    University of St. La Salle

    Deregulated status
    Deregulated status enjoy the same privilege as autonomy except that they must still secure permits for new programs and campuses.

    The following schools have been granted deregulated status:

    5 years, 15 November 2007 to 14 November 2012

    Ateneo de Naga University
    Jose Rizal University

    1 year, 15 November 2007 to 14 November 2008

    Adamson University
    Far Eastern University
    Manuel S. Enverga University
    Notre Dame University
    St. Mary’s University
    Universidad de Sta. Isabel
    University of Baguio
    University of the Cordilleras
    University of the East
    University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos

  117. This article caught my attention, read carefully
    Written on Saturday, September 27th, 2008 at 11:22 am | by blackshama)

    “The 100th year of the University of the Philippines is a time for a series of big parties, oblation runs, centennial lectures, a Big Dome Alumni homecoming, several theatrical extravaganzas and of course the Mother of all Lantern Parades to close the year.

    Not even a typhoon could stop the Alumni homecoming. But the only lowdown could be that UP once more failed to make it to the final four of the UAAP basketball tourney (Ateneo won!). Oh well we can look forward to the bicentennial for that.

    At the risk of being called as the centennial party pooper, I will have to dish out criticisms not of my own but that of an American professor that the UP invited to do a critique in 1947. The destructive war just behind it, UP under President Bienvenido Gonzales invited Professor Harley Harris Bartlett of the University of Michigan to critique the university, its priorities and the state of higher education in the Philippines. Bartlett an eminent botanist and Southeast Asian scholar; in his convocation address to the university, identified key areas that UP should focus, namely research and strengthening graduate programs . Bartlett believed that by doing so, the Philippines can kick start its development by laying the foundations of what we now call a “knowledge based economy”. Bartlett wanted a university that cuts across academic disciplines or what we now call as “interdisciplinarity”. Bartlett also envisioned a more international university.

    Bartlett noted problems that have bedeviled UP since 1908 and up to the present. He noted that UP was losing its best profs, the low professors’ salaries, its obsession with increased state subsidy, Malacanang’s meddling in the Board of Regents, its ungrateful alumni (who refuse to give generously), abuse of academic freedom, and of course, the lack of a research culture. Bartlett’s prescription was like that of corporate restructuring; make UP competitive, make sure the best profs stay and kick out the mediocre ones, get external funds, focus on science and technology, improve graduate programs and make the university more autonomous.

    Bartlett didn’t say it but from the context of the speech he really means to have a new UP charter. Even in 1947, the 1908 charter was oudated. If Bartlett were alive in 2008, he would wonder how come it took UP 61 years to have a new one.

    Bartlett’s criticisms were respectfully taken but largely were not acted upon. The Philippines was a prostrate nation and America exacted onerous conditions for aid. UP was cash strapped.It is understandable why UP started to lag behind US and European universities at this time.

    The professor’s critique is significant since UP’s weaknesses is also the weakness of Philippine higher education. Bartlett was livid in his critcism of the Bureau of Higher Education (the grandaddy of CHED) for giving university status to “diploma mills” that sprouted after the war. These private universities were given substantial autonomy and they did pirate many UP profs. Many of these “universities” offered only law programs and Bartlett was aghast that as a result, the Philippines would have an oversupply of lawyers. This would be a tragedy for the nation. If the nation were to succeed, Bartlett wanted an oversupply of scientists, engineers and good teachers.

    These diploma mills were unlike Santo Tomas, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle and Silliman. These schools had good reputations as teaching colleges. Bartlett believed that they didn’t compete with UP but helped UP in its work. (How about that? Schools don’t compete but collaborate! Ateneo helps De La Salle and vice versa!)

    Bartlett then throws Filipinos the question. What is the value of the University of the Philippines to your nation?

    The fortunes of the Republic is mirrored in the fortunes of UP. And in this centennial year, it doesn’t look good. Bartlett writes that UP is really a barometer of our people’s committment to democratic ideals. That the elite fails to give generously to UP (and public education) really betrays their lack of faith in these ideals. Public education then as now is the best way for people to lift themselves out of poverty. It is the best way of empowerment. But Bartlett predicted that this won’t happen. He predicted the spiralling cost of fees as education became a profitable business. And in its centennial year, UP is guilty too. I have known students (kids of government employees of SSL grades 15 and below) who have to drop out since they can’t fork out the 21K a sem fees.

    Thus we have the anomaly that the people have private education as a first option (even if they have little means) then public if there isn’t any choice.

    As for the teaching problem, Bartlett noted the anomaly that there were few assistant professors since many of them left UP. Today there are departments with one or two assistant professors and a lot of senior tenured professors (and a lot of instructors who have no postgraduate qualifications). These top (or bottom) heavy departments (and they are many of them in all of UP’s constituent campuses) with their frustrating politics tend to drive the juniors out of the campuses. This reduces the university’s competitiveness since it is the junior professors that churn out the best research and most innovative teaching.

    The College of Science in Diliman is one of the few exceptions. Its professoriate is composed of all PhDs many of which are world class in their fields. The junior to senior professor ratio is respectable. The college is not exempt from the problem of attracting newly minted and young PhDs. The PhDs that were sent overseas in the 1980s and returned are now in mid-career as associate professors and professors. In 10 to 20 years we could expect some if not many to seek early retirement. Thus there is a need to attract young PhDs to the faculty. The science professors are experts in their fields but many fields have only one or two PhDs. We need teams of experts if we want to launch the Philippines into a science and knowledge based economy as Ateneo’s Father Nebres pointed out in his centennial lecture.

    Despite these signs of progress which are uneven. UP has difficulty attracting new and young PhDs to staff its colleges as assistant professors. In some cases, a department in one UP campus has no choice but to “poach” a professor from another UP campus where the politics has become unbearable. This shows the dire straits the university is in. Also academic freedom has been abused and even Bartlett noticed this. Academic freedom has been made an excuse for lousy teaching and research. In his centennial lecture, Randy David defined the real sense of academic freedom and this includes profs showing up for class prepared!

    UP may have to address its own way of doing things and its structure. It has to institute reforms to make the university competitive and in an academic community with petrified ideologies, we can expect that this would be met with strong resistance. I believe that the kind of nationalism that pervades the UP ethos is retrogressive. The idea of the university never limited itself to a certain class or nationality despite the sectarian origin of universities. Universities are meant for all who qualify for admission. If UP wants to be a University for Filipinos, it has to be a university for all, even non-Filipinos.

    Reforming and reorienting UP may take a decade or even hundred years. The 2008 Charter gives the opportunity and the difficulty. President Emerlinda Roman, I believe is keenly aware of these. The work does not end with the centennial year and Roman’s term, it will continue with her successors. Thus we have to pay tribute to UP’s American founding presidents, Murray Bartlett, and Guy Potter Benton, and also to its first Filipino president, Ignacio Villamor. These gentlemen faced gargantuan challenges which are essentially what Emerlinda Roman faces today.

    The UP needs a real peer review. It has invited its outstanding alums and academics from other Philippine universities to give their critique like what Ateneo’s president did. But we have to remember that what ails the UP in many ways ails other universities. That’s why I believe we have to take seriously the international university ratings where UP never got into the top 100. While the methodology of these surveys isn’t perfect, it reflects to a large extent how competitive the university is.

    When Bartlett gave his lecture, the Republic was young and even when faced with the ravages of war, it had optimism. Will the celebrations of the centennial provide the optimism that matters, or is this ephemeral?

    Also can the UP still have the sense and objectivity to invite an American professor to give it peer review

  118. The 20 Outstanding Students of NCR is out:

    3 from Ateneo de Manila, 3 from FEU, and 3 from CEU.
    DLSU, Assumption and St. Scholastica has 2 each.
    UPD, UST, PUP, UE, and St. Paul Q.C. has 1 each.


  119. UP will never improve immensely as long as it keeps its “we’re number 1 forever” belief.

    For UP to make dramatic development, it has to RECOGNIZE the FACT that it NEEDS improvement.

  120. Only 4 RP schools among Top 200 Asian universities
    05/12/2009 | 09:50 PM

    MANILA, Philippines – Four Philippine schools have made it to the Top 200 Asian Universities list of the Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd. ( for 2009.

    Leading the Philippine schools was the University of the Philippines (UP), which shared No. 63 spot with Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee of India, Osaka City University of Japan and Universitas Gadjah Mada of Indonesia.

    De La Salle University (DLSU) was 76th, Ateneo De Manila University (ADMU) was 84th, while the University of Santo Tomas (UST) shared 144th spot with Nanjing Agricultural University of China.

    Japan had the most number of schools in the list at 58, including 10 in the top 20 ranks.

    South Korea was next with 46 universities, of which three were in the top 20, while China had 39, including two in the top 20.

    Taiwan had 15; India, 11; Thailand and Indonesia had 8 each; and Malaysia, 6.

    Hong Kong also had only six, but four were in the top 20, three of which occupied the 1st, 2nd and 4th slots.

    Singapore had only two universities in the list, but both were in the top 20 slots.

    Occupying the Top 10 slots were:

    1. University of Hong Kong;
    2. Chinese University of Hong Kong;
    3. University of Tokyo (Japan);
    4. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HK);
    5. Kyoto University (Japan);
    6. Osaka University (Japan);
    7. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea);
    8. Seoul National University, South Korea;
    9. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Japan);
    10. National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore and Peking University (China).

    For the complete list, check

    Results of the first survey was officially released on Tuesday.

    Managing Director Nunzio Quacquarelli said the results of the Asian University Rankings focus on regionally relevant measures of excellence, with the top performing universities distinguished not only by quality, but also by high productivity of research, compared to their regional peers.

    While the Philippine universities were way below the rankings, QS Managing Director Nunzio Quacquarelli had this to say: “Philippines universities have performed well, with high recruiter review scores. These results make study in the Philippines an attractive option for international students studying abroad,”

    Quacquarelli said QS based the first ever top Asian universities list on regionally relevant measures of excellence, selecting schools noted not only for quality, but also for high research productivity compared to the institution’s regional peers.

    The ranking of Asian universities used to be done yearly by Asiaweek, a Hong Kong-based English newsmagazine, which folded up in December 2001 due to a downturn in advertising revenues.

    Subject rankings

    When it came to the 2009 Asian university subject rankings, University of the Philippines (UP) rose to the 12th spot under Arts and Humanities, while ADMU, DSLU, and UST got the 19th, 44th, and 55th slots respectively.

    Under Life Sciences and Biomedicine, UP was 47th, ADMU was 52nd, DSLU was 79th, and UST was 85th.

    The Social Sciences list placed UP as 22nd, ADMU as 28th, DSLU as 51st, and UST as 75th.

    In subjects under Information Technology & Engineering, UP ranked 63rd, ADMU was 64th, and DSLU was 79th.

    Under Natural Sciences, ADMU took the 24th spot, UP got the 32nd, UST got the 94th, while DSLU placed 97th.

    The THE-QS 2008 world’s top 500 universities rankings had raised eyebrows when ADMU overran other Philippine schools in the top 500 list by rising from somewhere between 401st and 500th in 2007 to 254th, edging out UP which ranked 398th in 2007 and fell to 276th the next year.

    DLSU and UST ranked 415th and 470th respectively.

    UP officials earlier doubted the survey’s credibility, since the organizers refused to disclose where it acquired the data used, thus making the methodology “problematic.”

    Officials also revealed the “business side” of the survey where QS sold its various services to help universities improve rankings.

    On the other hand, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) refused to comment on the rankings, pointing out that Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, who also presides over the UP Board of Regents, was out of the country.

    QS research chief Ben Sowter said “the advantage of regional rankings is in the richer picture we can create when comparing universities at a regional rather than global level, through the inclusion of additional factors.”

    Sowter added that the shift to a regional focus proved to be significant, “The position of institutions in Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore was to be expected, but the stronger performance of South Korean institutions in contrast to the world rankings suggests a strength known in the region that has yet to be fully acknowledged globally.”, which conducted the Times Higher Education-QS University Rankings, is the world’s leading information specialist in the higher education sector. – GMANews.TV

  121. Ateneo is once again the Asian Universities Debating Champions. 4 Asian Titles in a span of 6 years. Ateneo Debate Society is truly worldclass. The team is currently number 8 in the world and number 1 in Asia.

    Congratulations too to the 3 students of Ateneo who made it to the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines. Other students in the list were 2 from DLSU, 2 from FEU, 1 from UP Diliman, 1 from Assumption, and 1 from FEU.





  123. tama si nora aunor!
    patayin ang mayayabang!

    sobrang baba ng ranking ng mga universities sa pinas,
    ang number 1 univ pinas naungusan pa ng ibang univ galing sa india…
    dito natin makikita ang di magandang estado at sistema ng edukasyon sa pinas.

    nakakalungkot talaga…

    ung mga taiwanese, korean at chinese, atat lang naka grad at trip makamura kaya dito satin nag-aaral, di nila narerealize mas maganda standard ng education sa kanila 🙁 di nila alam kung anong mawawala sa kanila pagdito sila nag-aral

  124. This forum was created to exchange views regarding the site owner’s concern about the tertiary education. It’s a sad fact that it became a battle ground of school bashing and trash talking.

    Those people who claim that they are a graduate of one of the so called “big 3 universities” were posting comments as if they didn’t study in those prestigious universities. Kindly act according to your school’s image, make your alma mater be proud of you. I know for a fact that UP, ADMU and DLSU train their students to be morally upright citizens of the country. Our country does not need arrogant people. You were given a chance to study in those universities, treasure it by setting an example and not by degrading other people. We may belong to different schools but we are all Filipinos.

    It’s a sad fact that in our neighboring countries like Singapore and Malaysia, their government is investing large amount of funds in upgrading their educational system. Among South East Asian countries, Singapore is outstanding in regards with their education system. In our country, out of 1,000 students who enter Grade 1, only 120 will finish college. The 880 students will drop out along the way. (Philippine Statistical Yearbook 2007) Mind you people, out of those 120 people who can finish college, only 5 of them came from the poorest of the poor. Education in the Philippines is becoming a privilege and not a right. So please be thankful that you were able to graduate from college and not degrading other people.

    Enough of assuming things regarding other universities, especially if you can’t support it with real facts; like what you are doing with other universities that you didn’t enroll. First with UST, enough of making assumptions with its academic performance and students, It’s a fact that UST is not the country’s top rank university but still one of the best. Being the country’s fourth best university is not bad. If the so called “Big 3 universities” does not exist, it will be the country’s top university.

    UP, ADMU and DLSU maybe the country’s premiere universities, but still not comparable to those Ivy League institutions in the US; Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, please don’t be that confident enough about your school. In the recent international rankings of world’s best universities, our own universities ranked poorly. Some critics may claim that some rankings are questionable but still it reflects how our government is investing in the education sector of our country.

    According to CHED, there are over 2,016 registered institutions of higher learning in the Philippines. It’s the biggest number in the South East Asian region. Our country has 1,494 private universities and colleges as well as 522 public universities and colleges. So, being in the top 20 in the country is something that is very remarkable to a certain institution. However, the present number of our higher learning institutions is too much on the number of students in the country. Meaning, some schools that are diploma mills should be abolished because they hinder the progress of our country’s higher education system.

    Speaking of the recent ranking of the top 20 universities in the country, it shows that more universities in the province are performing well than the universities in NCR. I have to congratulate St. Louis University in Baguio City as the country’s top provincial university in the third spot behind UP Diliman and UST respectively. As a matter of fact, St. Louis University garnered a number of CoE’s and CoD’s from CHED while FEU (Far Eastern University – Manila) doesn’t have any CoE and CoD status from CHED. Can we say that St. Louis University is better than FEU? I also have to congratulate the University of San Carlos in Cebu, Silliman University in Dumaguete and Mindanao State University for their outstanding academic performance. They are proofs that quality higher education can be found in selective provinces throughout the country.

    UST was branded as the country’s top university in terms of board exam results in the recent ranking of the PRC. UP System got an 85.7% over all passing rate followed by UST with 80% over all passing rate. UP Diliman participates in 20 licensure examinations; UST participates in 19 licensure examinations while ADMU participates in 3 licensure exams and DLSU participates in 7 licensure exams. PRC administers 49 different licensure exams from technical to health science courses. Meaning, we can say that UST can claim its dominance in the licensure examinations among private universities.

    UST and DLSU are tied with the most number of CoE’s and CoD’s among private universities. Both school’s have 16 (each) recognitions. On the other hand, San Beda College is one of our country’s good institutions of higher learning. But please be reminded that the Dominicans helped the Benedictine Monks in establishing Colegio San Beda in 1901. In recent history, San Beda College seeks help to UST Museum of Arts and Sciences regarding the establishment of San Beda’s own museum.

    Some non Thomasians even wondered why despite UST’s long history, it was only in the twentieth century that they expanded into a full pledged university. According to a historian from the National Historical Institute of the Philippines, during the Spanish era, UST was prohibited by the government to offer various courses since the Spaniards had this belief that if Filipinos were given so many options of courses to take up to. They might end up becoming more intelligent than the Spaniards and ignite war against them. It was only during the American period that they start to offer various courses since the Americans are more open minded than the Spaniards.

    I’m not a Thomasian myself so maybe some of you are wondering why I know so much about UST. I’m a history professor at the PUP College of Arts in Santa Mesa, teaching history in the AB History program of the college. It’s just that it suddens me if someone degrades UST despite being the country’s fourth best university. How about those schools behind UST in the academic performance? What if someone said that CEU is the best university in the country? Would you react violently? Kindly know the word RESPECT and HUMILITY. The reason why our country is not progressing is because Filipinos doesn’t practice HUMILITY and RESPECT to one another. If you don’t have anything good to say, just stop posting immature comments. Act like an educated person.

    1. I totally agree with you. There is no need for school bashing. I live in Cambridge UK and I have met a lot of students from the University of Cambridge who doesn’t brag about the fact that they are studying in a very prestigious institution (the Brits find that very vulgar!) UST is one of the most prestigious universities in our country and no matter what ranking it has, nobody can deny that fact. BTW, I am not a Thomasian.


    Ateneo De Manila University – 234th

    University of the Philippines – 262nd

    De La Salle University – 400-500

    University of Santo Tomas – 500-600

    Since the beginning of this world survey in 2005, only these 4 Philippine schools consistently made it to the list. Interesting to note that Ateneo is number 1 in the Philippines for 2 years now, even when UP officials vehemently denied participating in the survey.









  126. I’m not sure if people still read this post, but I’ll take my chances.

    I’m a graduating HS student deciding which university to go to. I passed: UP- BA Broad Comm (waitlisted) BA Film (accepted)
    ADMU – AB Communication
    DLSU – AB Communication Arts BS Business Management (LIA-COM)*

    *In DLSU, I plan to just take the LIA and just take an MBA after

    Help, I’m really confused and need advice. I’ve narrowed it down to UP and DLSU because they offer better course programs. Personally, I want to go to La Salle but we live in QC, near Katiunan.

    That’s all. Thanks

  127. Oo nga bakit lage pinagpipilitang ng Uste na my big 4? ako kaya pag pilitan ko kya my big 5


    1. UP
    2. ADMU
    3. DLSU
    4. PUP
    5. UST


  128. bakit pinipilit ang UST ? To all UST students out there, just admit it. You enrolled in UST because you did not pass the entrance exams of Ateneo, La Salle and UP. That means UST students have low IQ.

    Wag na kayo magpost ng pagkahaba habang alumni roster nyo dahil 300 yrs ago pa yan. Kayo yung pinakamagaling 300 yrs ago dahil wala pang BIG 3. To think kaya nasasabihan na bobo ang mga taga UST kasi yung entrance exam nyo kahit grade 5, makakapasa.

    1. for your information mr. wiseman, i passed the UPCAT last two years ago in my first choice campus which is the univeristy of the philippines-manila and for your information also, the UP-M has the highest upg cut-off score. I also passed the ACET and DLSUCET but still chooses the University of Santo Tomas because of the values they imbued to their students and the highest quality education they offers. Who are you to say that UST students doesn’t have the brains? think first mr. wiseman. “Ang latang walang laman, puro ingay lang ang alam kaysa sa latang puno ang laman”

  129. Wiseman,

    Re: UST

    Low IQ? Proof?

    I passed the entrance exams of UPLB, ADMU, DLSU, and UST. I chose UST due to financial+personal problems.

    Bobo mga taga UST?

  130. Ateneo is Philippine’s top university in World Rankings for 2008 and 2009 and is likewise the leading local university in the Asian Ranking for 2010.

    UST has now overtaken La Salle in 3rd place in the latest Asian ranking edition

  131. .wag nga kau,, pagdating sa utak, mas magaling pa rin ang ust sa iba dyan,, di porke madali ang entrance eh bobo ung nagtake nun,, yeah,, we don’t have the bests, but we produce the best,… wag niyo kami minamaliit… may utak kme,, kau meron????


    admu – 58
    UP – 78
    UST – 101
    DLSU – 106


    admu – 234
    UP – 262
    UST – 392
    DLSU – 409


    admu – 58
    UP – 78
    UST – 101
    DLSU – 106


    admu – 234
    UP – 262
    UST – 392
    DLSU – 409

  134. The result of the QS World University Ranking 2010 is out.

    The current list of the top 200 institutions features the following universities in the top 10:

    3. YALE UNIV.

    The performance of the Philippine Universities for 2010. (not in the list but as featured in their respective QS profiles)

    ATENEO DE MANILA UNIVERSITY – 307 (from 234)
    DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY 451-500 (from 401 – 500)
    UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS 551 – 600 (from 501-600)

    Performance of Philippine Universities per subject indicators:


    UP – 126
    ADMU – 196


    UP – 271


    UP – 147
    ADMU – 221
    UST – 269
    DLSU – 292


    ADMU – 132
    UP – 216


    UP – 173
    ADMU – 204

    Cambridge ousts Harvard. UP and ADMU narrow the gap but both drop together with DLSU and UST in the ranking table. DLSU takes back 3rd spot as Philippines’ top universities.

  135. In abroad those who graduate from UP are the ones who get immediate recognition. At the local job hunting scene, there are companies that would want to hire only the graduates of Ateneo, Dela Salle, UP and UST.

    Intellectually, the students from these universities are the ones who are ready to compete with the rest of the world and locally they are the ones who are given priority. I’m not a graduate from these four universities and I did have my own share of experience that people treat you differently when they find out that you matriculated from this Big Four. As someone I know would used to say there are only three universities in the Philippines- UP and the Big Three, The Others and God Knows Where. In other words if you didn’t get your education from the Big Four, you don’t stand a chance.

    But then, does it matter now if you graduate from these top caliber schools? What if a person isn’t born with all the intellectual capacity expected of him? Is intellect the only way to succeed or does the choices a person makes in his life matter more? What if the person isn’t born with a silver spoon?

    In this country where only those who could afford those horrendous tuition fees and those who are privileged to exist in those few elite circles, they are the ones who could easily carved their own niche. Few people who are able to gain entrance in Ateneo, La Salle, UST and UP are the ones who are given the opportunity to shine.

    The way I see it, in the conversations and discussions of the intellectual and the elite culture in the Philippines, those who didn’t graduate from the Big Four do not qualify and quantify to the development of the nation- they are hardly mentioned but then what about those millions of Filipinos working abroad whose struggles and success ensured the survival of the nation? Nurses, engineers, teachers, doctors and other professionals, even domestic helpers? And those millions who still chose to serve here despite the difficult economic conditions? Were they all graduates of the Big Four? Did the names of their schools matter when they applied for their respective jobs? Or is it through their determination, dedication, ingenuity and initiatives that they were able to get to where they are?

    So we do have a problem with the quality of our education that stems from the inefficiency of our own government and the incompetence of those who are supposed to make education accessible to all. We do really need to work harder in order to find better ways of improving the logistics of our educational system. For now I think that the problem doesn’t stem only on the corruption of our government but with the way the elite and the less privilege think of each other and treat each other.
    I mean does this make me a lesser person because I am not a product of the Big Four?

    I think that there’s an even bigger problem here. It’s not only poverty, it’s not only crab mentality- it’s called discrimination and that bias attitude. Again as I see it and even experienced it, there is this exclusive club of measuring success and intellect according to what is perceived by those who are from the Big Four.

    It’s not that I am griping against those who entered these prestigious schools but the majority of the country’s population didn’t come from here and yet they are alive and well, with a sound mind and willingness to accomplish many things.

    In these difficult times, the question is do you what it takes to serve your country? Is your character beyond reproach? Those are the things being asked and expected. Are you strong and sane enough to handle and withstand the unpredictable turns of life?

    I know many people who didn’t graduate from the Big Four and they are all leading successful and productive lives. They are those you get to meet everyday but what is it that makes them different- simple- the DESIRE, THE DEDICATION, THE DETERMINATION and their DECISION to be better.

    In the words of my Alma Mater, WINNERS ARE MADE NOT BORN.

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