Followers of world university rankings, where Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings or the Times Higher Education World University Rankings; the pre-eminent ratings for global higher education establishments, will have noted the unmistakable rise of Asian institutions in recent years.
While the West endures a time of austerity, the Asia-Pacific region has invested unprecedented amounts to drive their educational institutions ever upwards. Universities in Asia and the South Pacific have been able to ride this wave of public investment to secure better facilities and attract superior teaching and professorial staff, many of whom are only too eager to throw off the shackles of the old way of life to bring success to this vibrant part of the world.
The net result for all this investment is a surge in the rankings performance of Universities, with Australia, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore all boasting institutions near the very top of the QS rankings. Japan, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, The Philippines, Thailand and other Asian nations are meanwhile well on track to join them, thanks to growth simply not experienced in institutions in other parts of the world.
Understandably, this improvement and continued investment is drawing students that may in years gone by simply opted for a traditional university in Europe or the USA. With stronger academic offerings, students are now convinced to commit to a course that brings with it the experience of living – and taking on work experience – in a part of the world unfamiliar to them, itself a major benefit when it comes to being competitive in a future job market.
Little wonder that applications to Asian Universities are up, matching the direction of their research facilities, infrastructure, teaching standards, and not to mention those all-important rankings.