LOOK: USC Emerges as the Only School Outside Manila that Made It to the 2024 QS World University Rankings

In an age where decisions are often anchored on trends and popular opinions, it is easy to get swayed and believe whatever we see on the internet—often made famous by influencers that we ‘follow’ and curated by algorithms that shape the way we think. With so many schools claiming to be the best in the field, the task of selecting an institution that fosters effective learning and equips students with the critical thinking skills needed to navigate the information landscape becomes increasingly difficult.

As it is crucial to make informed choices that go beyond surface-level impressions, University Rankings, like the QS World University Rankings, provide a reliable compass for students, parents, faculty, and society to navigate and fulfill their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

The University of San Carlos Makes it to the 2024 QS World University Rankings!

This year, the University of San Carlos once again garnered recognition as one of the world’s best institutions—not only in the country or in Asia, but in the world—based on the 2024 QS World University Rankings released by Quacquarelli Symonds.

As the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, Quacquarelli Symonds has been dedicated to providing a comparative performance analysis according to metrics central to each institution’s mission—which include teaching, research impact, reputational standing, student employability, and internalization.

In its 20th edition, QS World University Rankings implemented its largest-ever methodological enhancement, with three new metrics added: sustainability, employment outcomes, and international research networks. With 17.5 million academic papers and the expert opinions of over 240,000 academic faculty and employers analyzed, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains at the top (for 12 years now!), followed by the University of Cambridge, and the University of Oxford climbing to third this year.

As per the publication, the University of San Carlos joins the University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University, and the University of Sto. Tomas is in the world rankings. Out of the numerous universities in the Philippines, only five managed to secure a spot on the list, with the University of San Carlos (USC) emerging as the sole representative from Cebu and outside Metro Manila to join this prestigious group.

As a medium-sized university, USC ranked in the 1,201–1,400 range. The university ranked highest on two indicators: academic reputation (601+) and employer reputation (601+). Based on Scopus bibliometric data from 2017-2021, the University of San Carlos (USC) achieved an impressive ranking, securing the third position among Philippine institutions in terms of faculty performance. With 3,556 normalized citations from 487 normalized papers, USC demonstrates its scholarly impact and research excellence.

The inclusion of the University of San Carlos (USC) as the sole Cebu-based institution in the esteemed rankings highlights its noteworthy achievement. Moreover, USC’s commendable faculty performance, with a significant number of citations from research papers, underscores its commitment to scholarly endeavors and knowledge advancement.

May this recognition inspire students, faculty, and school personnel—not only from USC but also from other schools in Cebu—to remain dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence, thereby making a significant contribution to the academic community and society.