Times Higher Education reveals 2019 Asia University Rankings

Study International | May 03, 2019

One of the world’s leading university ranking bodies – Times Higher Education (THE) – recently unveiled the league table for Asia’s top universities in 2019.This year, Tsinghua University rises to the top, knocking last year’s leading player, National University of Singapore (NUS), down to second place.THE notes that Tsinghua’s growing influence, echoed in the World, APAC and Emerging Economies rankings, is owed to the institution’s considerable boost in its teaching environment score, on top of improvements in its scores for citation impact and global outlook. It’s the first time a Chinese university has bagged the premier position in THE‘s regional Asia rankings.In this most recent league table, THE employed the same 13 performance indicators used in other rankings – including teaching, research and industry income – only the criteria were adapted to suit the unique attributes of these Asian institutions.

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Online courses are not a "shortcut" for those who do not want to work hard. When choosing a quality training course, in fact, it is not necessary to have any training, but it is also necessary to have a strong motivation to finish it. This is a false myth. Every course in the world, for this reason, if we want to be sure that it is accredited, and therefore has a value within our curriculum, it is necessary to pay attention to the seriousness of the training and of the institution providing it.

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Online courses are not a "shortcut" for those who do not want to work hard. When choosing a quality training course, in fact, it is not necessary to have any training, but it is also necessary to have a strong motivation to finish it. This is a false myth. Every course in the world, for this reason, if we want to be sure that it is accredited, and therefore has a value within our curriculum, it is necessary to pay attention to the seriousness of the training and of the institution providing it.

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