Two Indonesian universities have finally broken into the top 100 of the best universities in the world in certain subjects. The University of Indonesia is ranked 95th in the Social Sciences category of the 2010 QS World University Rankings, one of the leading lists of schools. Yogyakarta’s Gadjah Mada University (UGM) is the next best Indonesian school in the category, at number 131, followed by the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Surabaya’s Airlangga University, and the University of Brawijaya in Malang. In the Technology and Engineering category, ITB made it into the top 100, coming in at 93. ITB was also the highest-ranked Indonesian university in the Natural Sciences category, while UI led the others in the Arts and Humanities, as well as Life Sciences and Medicine. The QS World University Rankings’ subject-based tables are based on an academic survey completed by more than 15,000 academics, including 700 university leaders. They are asked to identify the universities producing the best research in their own field of knowledge and within their region of expertise. QS says the overall rankings also take into account employer reputation, research and teaching, and international commitment. Nunzio Quacquarelli,? the managing director of QS, said the growing number of countries represented in the top 500 list “demonstrates the highly competitive environment of global higher education.” Harvard University, which topped last year’s rankings, is second this year, pipped by Cambridge, last year’s runner-up. Yale University is third, while the University College London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology round out the top five. (The Jakarta Globe)

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