HKU loses bite in drop from dentistry summit

Local | Sophie Hui 28 Feb 2019

The University of Hong Kong's dental school has fallen from the summit to fourth place in international university department rankings.

The rankings, compiled by global higher education analyst firm, Quacquarelli Symonds, examine the performance of more than 1,200 universities from 78 countries and regions, covering 48 subjects.

Twenty-one SAR programs made it into the top 20, while 77 local programs were among the top 50 in different subject ranking tables - 10 less than last year.

HKU's faculty of dentistry, the only institution in the SAR that offers undergraduate and postgraduate dental degrees, had topped the field for three straight years from 2016 to 2018. However, HKU has been knocked off its perch and replaced by the dental school at Swedish medical university Karolinska Institutet, which was ranked sixth last year.

The Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam climbed from fourth last year to share second spot with King's College London, which maintained its place.

HKU's dental school received an overall score of 90.2, a point lower than last year.

Its scores in four ranking indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and the H-Index, which assesses faculty researchers' productivity and impact, were lower than last year.

HKU also slipped one spot to 13th in the rankings for architecture, while plunging six spots to 17th in the civil and structural engineering standings.

In the rankings for education and training, HKU climbed one spot to sixth, but the Education University of Hong Kong dropped 11 spots from ninth to 20th.

But HKU still performed the best in the rankings as it had 32 programs in the top 50. Apart from HKU, only three other Asian universities - University of Tokyo, National University of Singapore, and Seoul National University - had more than 30 programs in the top 50.

Responding to the rankings, a spokesman at HKU said the university "will continue to strive to provide quality education for students, and to achieve excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, and research and knowledge exchange."

Hong Kong Polytechnic University dropped two spots to fifth in the hospitality and leisure management subject table. It also fell five places to 15th in civil and structural engineering.

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