Ho Chi Minh City-based Ton Duc Thang University was named one of the top 800 universities in the world, according to the 2020 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).
The institution climbed over 200 spots since last year to enter the 701-800 band of the ARWU rankings, and it is the only Vietnamese university to make a showing in the table.
The top three universities this year remain unchanged from last year: Harvard University came first, Stanford University second, and Cambridge University third, respectively.
Ranked in the same 701-800 band with Ton Duc Thang University are world-renowned institutions, including the University of Waikato in New Zealand, Università Della Svizzera Italiana in Switzerland, the Czech Technical University in the Czech Republic, Université Gustave Eiffel in France, Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, and Chungnam National University in South Korea.
The ARWU is an annual publication of ShanghaiRanking Consultancy, an independent organization dedicated to research on higher education intelligence and consultation.
It is considered one of the most influential and widely observed university rankings, alongside QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.
However, ARWU stands out from the two others for its exclusion of academia and job market consensus from the scoring formula, leaving only education capacity and academic achievements of alumni and staff in each institute to be counted.
The rankings are based on education quality (ten percent), faculty quality (40 percent), scientific research (40 percent), and average productivity per capita (ten percent).
Founded as a private university in 1997, Ton Duc Thang University was converted to a public university under the administration of the Vietnam General Confederation of Labor in 2008.
In 2019, Ton Duc Thang University earned the 101-200 placement in 2019’s THE University Impact Rankings, as well as the 207th spot in Asia’s top 500 universities ranking by QS.