Chiang Mai University (CMU) climbed two places since last
years’ ranking from 81 to 79 in the top 200 universities in the Asian
University Rankings poll conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) last month,
Professor Dr. Pongsak Angkhasithm CMU’s President reported.
Chiang Mai University continues to
focus on growth and development of excellence in academia, after its recent
ranking as the third best university in Thailand and 79 out of the top 200
universities in Asia.
QS, in addition to rating CMU higher in Asia also ranked
it as the third best university in Thailand as well. This year 7 Thai
universities were ranked in the top 200 universities in Asia; Mahidol
University ranked number 28, Chulalongkorn University number 44, CMU at 79,
Thammasart University was ranked at 91, Prince of Songkhla University
reached 101,Khon Kaen University numbered 122, and Kasetsart University
ranked 126 in the list.
Ranking was further divided into Arts and Humanities
where Chulalongkorn ranked 7 in the top 200, Thammasart 26, Mahidol 33, CMU
number 42, Prince of Songkhla reached 88 and Khon Kaen was 97 in the list.
Chulalongkorn University was number 10 on the Life
Sciences in Biomedicine category, while Mahidol as 18, Prince of Songkhla
52, CMU, 61, Thammasart 77, Kasetsart 82 and Khon Kaen 90.
Again ranking high in the Social Sciences category,
Chulalongkorn was 9, Thammasart 26, CMU 39, Mahidol 45, Prince of Songkhla
64, Kasetsart 68 and Khon Kaen 99.
Not showing as strongly in the Natural Sciences,
Chulalongkorn ranked the highest at 27 while Mahidol reached number 55, CMU
79, Prince of Songkhla 84 and Kasetsart 92nd on the
list. IT and Engineering also showed Thai universities not reaching in the
top 20 with Chulalongkorn leading the group at 31 in the ranking. Thammasart
was much further down at 68 on the list, with Mahidol at 70, Prince of
Songkhla 82nd, CMU at number 86 and Kasetsart at 100.
President Prof. Dr. Pongsak said that they were very
pleased that CMU had achieved third best university in Thailand and 79 out
of top 200. Concluding that, “this is because of increased evaluation of
curriculum, development of the school and its students. The University will
have to do more to develop its curriculum and to encourage students’
excellence so that CMU can be the University of Excellence.”