Top Universities in the Philippines 2021 – Best Universities Ranking

Here are the Top Universities in the Philippines in 2021 – Best Universities Ranking. These are the best schools, top colleges and universities in the country ranked for excellent education, outstanding career growth, exceptional employability records and top-notched institutions.

The rank is based from QS Quacquarelli Symonds WORLD ranking as of 2021, academic reputation, and other criteria mentioned below.

QS is also recognized by CHED and links high achievers from the graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world with leading business schools, postgraduate departments at universities and with employers, through websites, events, e-guides and technical solutions.

Ranking criteria includes academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student, citations per paper, international students, international faculty, papers per faculty, faculty staff with PHD, outbound exchange, inbound exchange, and international research network.

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Best Universities in the Philippines in 2021

  1. University of the Philippines – Diliman
  2. Ateneo de Manila University
  3. De La Salle University
  4. University of Sto. Tomas
  5. University of San Carlos
  6. Mapua University
  7. Siliman University
  8. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology

What are the Best Universities in the Philippines Right Now?

1. University of the Philippines – Diliman

Ranked as the number 1 university in the Philippines, UP Diliman also reached the #69 spot among the Top 100 Universities in Asia in 2021 and proud #396 among the Top Universities in the World in 2021.

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UP Diliman is the flagship campus and seat of administration of the UP System. It is not only the home of different colleges, offering 94 graduate and undergraduate courses, it also runs several centers of research, many of which have been declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) as National Centers of Excellence.

2. Ateneo de Manila University

Ateneo de Manila University is not only among the best universities in the Philippines, it has the highest Graduate Employability Ranking in 2020, outperforming the other top universities in the country, Ateneo scored an excellent score of 43.7-44.6. Ateneo ranked as #601-650 among the Top Universities in the World in 2021.

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Being the third-oldest university in the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila University’s motto “Lux in Domino” which means “Light in the Lord” inspires every Atenean.

According to Wikipedia, Ateneo has produced four Presidents of the Philippines.

“Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero and the Ateneo’s greatest student, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ateneo Municipal. He was one of nine hailed as sobresaliente in his graduating class of twelve.” – Ateneo Facts

3. De La Salle University

De La Salle University is among the Philippine universities included in the University Impact Ranking 2020 by Times Higher Education, placing 601+ spot. It’s a big recognition for universities around the world for their social and economic impact, based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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QS Ranked De La Salle University as #801-1000 for Top Universities in the Philippines in 2021. DLSU has the highest research performance rank in 2019. Times Higher Education ranked DLSU as 1001+ in its World University Rankings of 2021.

DSLU has bestowed honorary degree to notable people with remarkable contribution to society and the Philippines like that of Henry Sy (founder of SM Group), Jaime Zobel de Ayala, and Jack Ma (Chinese billionaire, founder of Alibaba).

4. University of Sto. Tomas

UST is the oldest university in Asia, founded in 1611. In terms of student population, it is the largest Catholic University in the world located in one campus.

That being said, it is the only university to have been visited by 3 popes 4 times: once by Pope Paul VI on November 28, 1970, twice by Pope John Paul II on February 18, 1981 and January 13, 1995, and once by Pope Francis on January 18, 2015.

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Jose Rizal, our National Hero, studied Medicine at the University of Sto. Tomas. UST has produced national heroes, church martyrs, renowned scientists, national artists, well-known business tycoons and athletes, prominent doctors, 4 presidents of the Philippines, 3 vice presidents and 6 Chief Justices.

UST ranked as #801-1000 from the Top Universities in the World this year 2021.

University of Sto. Tomas graduates consistently dominate the top 10 in courses with board and licensure exams (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Engineering, Architecture, Accountancy, and Education).

5. University of San Carlos

University of San Carlos (USC) is the top and best university outside Manila. With a ranking of #351-400 among the Top Universities in Asia 2020, USC also consistently ranked among the top passing rate for CPA board exam, Chemical Engineering licensure exam, pharmacist licensure exam, electronics technicians board exam, architect board exam and more.

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USC is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines and among the biggest universities in Cebu City. It is also the top one university in the Visayas and Mindanao with the most number of Centers of Excellence recognized by CHED.

Notable alumni of USC include Sergio Osmena (4th president of the Philippines), John Gokongwei, Jr. (self-made billionaire and one of the richest persons in the Philippines) and many established business moguls, senators, attorneys, archbishop, doctors, athletes, architects and many more.

6. Mapua University

Mapua University (formerly known as Mapua Institute of Technology) has grown to be the biggest engineering school in the Philippines for almost nine decades of excellence in technical education. It was founded by Don Tomas Mapua, the country’s first registered architect, on January 25, 1925.

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Yuchengco Group of Companies acquired Mapua on December 1999. CHED declared Mapua University as National Center of Development for CE, CpE, CS (Computer Science), EE, ECE, IE, IT, and ME programs. Mapua is also known for consistently producing topnotchers in licensure exams.

Mapua University ranked #451-500 for the Top Universities in Asia 2020 and consistently among the top universities in the Philippines.

7. Siliman University

Siliman University (SU) is located in the charming city of Dumaguete, dubbed as the “City of Gentle People.” Consistently one of the best and most prestigious universities in the Philippines, Siliman University is also known to produce topnotchers in board exams. It ranked  #451-500 in the Top Universities in Asia 2020.

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According to Siliman University’s website, “Whole person education” is what Silliman offers. It is the holistic development of one’s competence, character and faith, transforming one into a person for others. It is the approach to learning that is encapsulated in its tri-logical ministry of teaching, healing and preaching, providing opportunities of deep reflection towards an appreciation of self in relation to the larger community.

Campus life revolves around the motto Via, Veritas, Vita (the Way, the Truth, the Life). It is Silliman’s mission to develop the whole person within the Christian context and in a sound environment. Students are expected to put their education to work in service to those in need.”

8. Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology

Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) is also among the best universities in the Philippines in 2021. Although it is not listed in QS ranks this year, MSU-IIT still deserves this spot and recognition because we love Mindanao.

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Founded in 1968 under the provision of Republic Act (RA) 5363, MSU-IIT is known for its excellence in science and technology. It was designated by CHED as Centers of Excellence in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Teacher Education. CHED also recognizes MSU-IIT as Centers of Development in Information Technology, Physics and Civil Engineering.

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