HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Hong Kong

HKU ranks 22nd among world's top universities

HKU also placed the highest out of seven other Hong Kong universities that made it in the list.

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) ranked 22nd with an overall score of 83.7 in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings.

This is three places higher than last year’s results, despite a slight drop in its overall score of 83.8 in 2020.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) followed at 27 with a score of 82.1, higher than its 80.6 score in 2020 when it ranked 32nd.

Also included in the top 100 were The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) at rank 43 (75.8), City University of Hong Kong at 48 (74.3), and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University at 75 (65.8). These universities placed higher in this year’s ranking from 46, 52, and 91 in 2020, respectively.

The Hong Kong Baptist University fell three places to 264, whilst Lingnan University, Hong Kong was within the 571-580 range, an increase from 591-600 last year.

The 2021 ranking covered 1,000 universities around the world from 80 different locations.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States maintained its position as the top university in the world for the ninth consecutive year; but QS noted the major story is the “impressive gains” of Asian universities.

HKU was the fourth leading university in Asia, after the National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Tsinghua University in China.

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