SEMARANG – The 10 best universities in Indonesia according to the ranking conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings (QS WUR) in 2021 are dominated by state universities, in which Diponegoro University (UNDIP) is included. State universities that are included in the top 10 in addition to UNDIP are Gadjah Mada University (UGM), University of Indonesia (UI), Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), Padjajaran University (Unpad), Airlangga University (Unair), IPB University, Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology (ITS), and Brawijaya University (UB).

For international level, based on the results of QS WUR by Subject ranking published in March 2021, the top position is occupied by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). MIT as the higher education in Cambridge City has set its own record, since it can stay at the top position for nine consecutive years in the QS ranking. Its score in this year reached 100 which is a perfect score.

The second position globally is occupied by Stanford University in California, United States which scored 98.4 in QS 2021; while the third position is occupied by a university with a legendary name, Harvard University which scores 97.9.

This year, 51 scientific fields were recorded using four indicators, namely Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Research Citation per Paper and H-index. The world university ranking system is also a reference for national ranking.

Undip Rector, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., expressed his appreciation for the results of the ranking. He said this accomplishment is achieved by the hard work and support of many parties. “I am grateful for this result. I also thank the entire academic community, as well as stakeholders without exception, and all the parties who have contributions and roles,” said Prof. Yos Johan, on Wednesday (10/3/2021).

Yos Johan hoped that the achievements that Undip has gained will be an encouragement to achieve even better ranks in the next period. “We must not be boastful of what we have achieved. There are still many things that need to be improved to bring Undip to become a world class university,” he added.

The results of this ranking, Undip is in the 501-550 position in the QS WUR by Subject Area 2021 (Business & Management Studies), and this is an achievement to be proud of. However it should be noted that QS WUR by Subject assessments are very comprehensive and basic. For example, for citations it used sources from the Scopus Elsevier database, the largest data repository for academic journals in the world. This year, QS tested 138 million citations from 18.5 million published academic articles.

Deputy Chairperson of IKA Undip, Akhmad Muqowam, expressed his gratitude and pride with the recognition his alma mater received. “Representing the alumni, we are proud and grateful for the achievements reached by Diponegoro University. Moreover, the trend continues to improve from time to time,” said Muqowam, on Wednesday (10/3/2021).

Muqowam believed that the common goal is to make Undip to be a world class university and superior research university.

As addition, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) is not an arbitrary institution, QS is the only international ranking that has received approval from International Ranking Expert Group (IREG). The QS ranking itself is seen as one of the three most read university rankings in the world according to Alexa Internet. Other well-known tertiary rankings are Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and Times Higher Education World University.

This year, there are at least 30 Indonesian universities that are included as best campuses in Asia. Most of them are state universities and institutes, such as UGM, UI, ITB, ITS, IPB, Undip, Unair, Unpad and UB. In the ranks of the best universities in Asia, Undip is placed on rank 241.