UNAIR improves its position by 47 places in Asian University Ranking

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UNAIR NEWS – Higher education ranking institution Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has just released its Asian University Ranking (QS AUR). In the ranking released on Thursday, November 26, 2020, Universitas Airlangga is ranked at 124th spot, improved by 47 places from its previous position at 171st.

“Improvement shown from most of the indicators,” said the Head of Planning and Development Board (BPP) UNAIR Dian Ekowati, PhD.

There are eleven indicators used by the ranking agency based in England. They are Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Student Faculty, Staff with PhD, Citations per Paper, Papers per Faculty, International Research Network, International Faculty, International Students, Inbound Exchange Students, and Outbound Exchange Students.

Dian elaborated that for the 2021 ranking, UNAIR scores for some indicators are improved, such as Academic Reputation improved from 41.8 to 46.3, Employer Reputation improved from 52.0 to 60.6, Faculty Student Ratio improved from 43.7 to 52.6, International Faculty improved from 31.0 to 57.1, Inbound Exchange Student improved from 22.4 to 41.2, and Outbound Exchange Student improved from 28.1 to 48.4.

According to Dian, although it was good news, the increase in ranking also brought several evaluations for UNAIR. UNAIR will continue to evaluate the achievements and targets based on data comprehensively. Then, her party will also plan programs that will be carried out for the next four years.

“Several programs that can be carried out to improve the position of AR (Academic Reputation, ed) and ER (Employer Reputation, ed) include peer engagement programs through joint conferences and research, internship boost, CEO talks, and several other programs that encourage publication and citations, “said Dian.

Two indicators ranked among Top 100 Asian Universities

From the eleven indicators, two indicator scores of UNAIR are included in Asia’s Top 100. The two indicators are Academic Reputation, which is at 77th and Employer Reputation, which is at 70th.

“”UNAIR’s Employer Reputation indicator is among Top 70. Academic Reputation is at position 77th. We will improve for the number of PhDs and citations, including the international students affected due to the pandemic,” said Vice Rector for Internationalization, Digitalization and Information (IDI) Muhammad Miftahussurur Ph.D.

He said that this achievement in ranking was an opportunity for UNAIR to do more, including, making strategies to prepare for future rankings. “We at UNAIR have rearranged strategies, made evaluation and improvements, by expanding the academic peer list and increasing the number of existing research citations,” he said.

He also said that to improve several indicators, lecturers’ research at UNAIR will be encouraged to not only publish in Scopus indexed journals. However, the Quartile (Q) rate will also be pushed from Q3 Q4 to Q2 Q1.

“Thus, our citations will increase and our academic reputation will also improve, improving global reputation among global scientists, “he said.

Author: Binti Q. Masruroh

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