SEMARANG – Diponegoro University (UNDIP) has successfully maintained its title as one of the best universities in Indonesia according to the recently released world ranking agency assessment. The results of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking (WUR) 2021, UNDIP is in the 4th position out of 9 universities in Indonesia which are recognized by THE WUR as being in an honorable position at the international level.

THE annually releases a list of the best universities around the world, including universities in Indonesia. Quoted from the page THE, more than 1,500 universities from 93 countries are included in this ranking. Of the approximately 4,500 universities in Indonesia, this year only 8 universities have successfully entered the 2021 WUR ranking.

In addition to UNDIP which is in fourth position in Indonesia and ranked 1,000+ in the world, there is the University of Indonesia (first position) which is ranked 801-1,000 in the world; Bandung Institute of Technology (second place in Indonesia) ranked 1,000+ in the world; and Universitas Brawijaya (Indonesia’s third position) in the world ranking of 1,000+. Followed by Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia’s fifth position) in the world ranking of 1,000+; Bogor Agricultural University (sixth position in Indonesia) ranked 1,000+ in the world; Padjadjaran University (Indonesia’s seventh position) ranked 1,000+; and Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (Indonesia’s eighth position) with a world ranking of 1,000+. One private university, Telkom University, is in the ninth position and is ranked 1001+ in the world.

This year’s ranking is said to be the largest and most diverse. Not only public universities, but private universities are also on THE WUR’s radar monitoring. The basis for the ranking uses 13 performance indicators which are carefully calibrated with five basic areas, namely teaching, research, citation (research influence), knowledge transfer and international outlook. The ranking results are based on an analysis of more than 80 million citations of around 13 million research publications, complemented by survey answers to 22,000 students worldwide.

UNDIP Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama S.H., M.Hum., emphasizes that the results of the ranking are the work of the entire academic community, including alumni who contribute through their respective roles. “Of course, we hope that every year our ranking can be better. With all the existing limitations, we are grateful for what we can achieve now”, said Prof. Yos Johan, on Monday (2/11/2020).

According to Prof. Yos, efforts to improve reputation at the global level are a must. Therefore, he emphasizes that he will continue to make improvements in all fields so that the campus which is domiciled in the city of Semarang can contribute more to the nation and mankind.

At a global level, according to THE WUR 2021, 8 of the world’s top 10 universities are in the United States. However, the first ranking of the world’s best universities in 2021 and sixth in the world is in the UK, namely the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge. The other 8 that entered the top 10 are Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley; Yale University, Prince Town University, and The University of Chicago.

Meanwhile, Tsing Hua University in China is listed as the only university in Asia that has managed to break into the top 20 in the world. Then China’s Peking University is in 23rd position in the world, and the National University of Singapore is in 25th place in the world.

The Director General of Higher Education (Dirjen Pendidikan Tinggi) of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Prof. Ir. Nizam, MSc, DIC, PhD, appreciates the achievements of eight state universities which are named the best universities based on the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings in 2021.

Nizam said, the Ministry of Education and Culture congratulates and appreciates the achievements of the eight state campuses which became the best campuses. “Even though ranking is not a goal, of course we all congratulate and appreciate the achievements of our 8 universities”, he said.