Valuable lessons from falling ranking

Mahidol, along with other top Thai universities, continued to show among the Asian rankings - but none of them rose in the rankings. (File photos)

Many of my friends were excited to see their universities continue to rule the charts in Thailand when the annual ranking of universities in Asia was announced late last week. The jubilation of those graduating from the likes of Mahidol, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT) or Chulalongkorn University was all good, but little did anyone appreciate that all of these revered institutions actually saw their rankings slip from the previous survey.

The only university in Thailand that managed to maintain its ranking was Chulalongkorn, which was placed around 151-160, a rank it achieved last year.

What's disappointing is the fact that Thailand seems to be the only country in the region to have seen none of its universities rise up the chart, and at best Chulalongkorn retained the status quo.

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