Davao’s USEP Joins UP, Ateneo, DLSU, UST As Top Asian Universities


A Davao City-based university made it among Asia’s top 300 institutions of higher learning, according to Quacquarelli Symmonds, a company specializing in overseas education.

In a list dominated by universities in Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, the University of Southeastern Philippines appeared for the first time, joining more prominent schools in the country: University of the Philippines, Ateneo de Manila, De La Salle University and University of Santo Tomas.

Among the Philippine universities, USEP can be considered most impressive despite its lowest ranking among the five institutions; while UP (62nd to 68th), Ateneo (65th to 86th), DLSU (107th to 142nd) and UST (104th to 148th) all fell from last year’s ranking, USEP appears in the prestigious list for the first time.

Being the only school outside of Metro Manila to be ranked in the QS list brings lot of pride and honor for the local state university, whose campuses in the city are located in Obrero and Mintal.

With this ranking appearance, one can change a conventional stereotype that a student enrolled in USEP simply because of affordability; a USEP student can take pride of the following factors Quacquarelli Symmonds used to rank Asian universities:

  • Academic Reputation
  • Employer Reputation
  • Faculty/student Ratio
  • Papers per Faculty
  • Citations per Paper
  • International faculty Review
  • International student Review
  • Student exchange Inbound
  • Student exchange Outbound

Will short-sighted multinational companies who often require applicants to be products of “reputable schools” such as Ateneo, UP or UST broaden its list and include USEP? Maybe not yet. But for now, this is another testament that Davao City offers quality education.