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Top Universities in ASEAN Countries

Web of Science (WoS, Clarivate, USA), Statistical database of scientific research articles published in the world's leading prestigious journals (often referred as ISI) has just released the results of the latest 3-year science and technology from 2016 to 2018 for countries and regions in the world. In Southeast Asia (ASEAN) region, the universities of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand are almost "dominating".

Among the top 25 universities and research institutes in ASEAN and in addition to 04 non-university organizations, there are 21 universities of the entire region that have been ranked on top. The top 2 universities in ASEAN countries are belonging to Singapore with Singapore National University ranked No. 1, and Nan Yang University of Technology ranked 2nd. The next 3 positions belong to 3 universities in Malaysia such as University of Malaya, University of Putra Malaysia and University of Sains Malaysia, respectively. It is important to mention that in ASEAN’s TOP 25 institutions of scientific research, Malaysia has 11 universities; Thailand has 6universities. Among 6 universities in Thailand, Mahidol University is leading and has been ranked No.6 in TOP 25.

Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand hence have 19 universities among the top 21 universities in ASEAN countries according to WoS. Malaysian universities account for more than 50% of the region's top universities.

For two countries Indonesia and Vietnam, each country contributes 1 university to this TOP 25. The sole representative of Vietnam in TOP 25 universities of regional countries is Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) at the 20th position. In the 3-year period, TDTU published 2,373 ISI articles, and also with this achievement, TDTU has been ranked 1422nd in the world by URAP, a prestigious world university ranking organization. The fact that a representative of Vietnam in the Top 25 universities and scientific research institutions of ASEAN countries is very praiseworthy for Vietnam's education system at the beginning of the new year 2019. This achievement is proving that the policy of higher education renovation of the Party and Government in recent years has been effective, especially the policy of university autonomy.

Below is the data extracted from WoS:


Faculty of Business Administration, Ton Duc Thang University
19 Nguyen Huu Tho, Tan Phong Ward, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City
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