On the ranking result of QS World University by Subject which was released on March 8, 2017, UGM becomes the best university in Indonesia on 4 subjects or study programs, they are Engineering – Mineral & Mining, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Geography. Moreover, UGM also includes in the 500-ranking in the world for its 3 subjects and 2 subject areas.
“QS by subject ranking which had been released on March 8 showed UGM already includes for its 3 subjects and 2 subject areas,” said the Head of Quality Assurance Office UGM, Prof. Dr. Indra Wijaya Kusuma, M.B.A. on Monday (20/3).
From 16 subjects and 2 subject areas which had been evaluated, UGM includes in the 100-ranking for performing arts, the 200-ranking for agriculture & forestry, and the 450-ranking for medicine. UGM also includes in the 500-ranking for subject areas on enginering & technology as well as social sciences & management. According to Indra, these results show a significant enhancement compared to the previous year.
“It has increased compared to last year in which UGM was not included in the QS ranking by subject,” he added.
QS ranking is based on four main criterias, namely academic reputation, alumnae reputation, number of publication citations and H-index (productivity measurement index), and the effects of academicians’ publications. The valuations on academic and alumnae reputations were achieved from surveys which were conducted by universities partners such as companies which employ university alumni.
Meanwhile, citation and H-index value was calculated based on publications in Scopus database. Publication becomes one of essential requirements to participate in the ranking in which universities should meet the paper threshold or minimum number of published paper in the past five years.
Besides performing ranking by subject, QS also conducts universities general ranking every year which is usually released in the middle of the year. All this while, according to Indra, UGM has done many developments in order to increase Indonesia’s position in the world ranking, such as by supporting lecturers to publish papers as well as increasing the ratio between lecturer and students. Therefore, he is optimistic UGM ranking can increase this year.
“UGM hopes there will be many subjects being included in the ranking in the future. This year’s data has been submitted and the result will be released next year,” said Indra.