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Eastern universities are making it up into the league of the top universities in the world, according to this article – at http://thechoice.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/20/asian-colleges-are-gaining-respect/

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March 20, 2012, 1:22 PM

Asian Colleges Are Gaining Respect

By TANYA CALDWELL

University reputations in the East are gaining ground on the West in terms of academic prestige, according to Times Higher Education, a magazine in Britain.

The publication rates universities based on their teaching and research every year. This year, for the second time, it released rankings based on a school’s reputation according to about 17,000 academics, our colleague Joyce Hor-Chung Lau reports.

Japan is the only Asian nation to crack the top 20, with the University of Tokyo, also known as Todai, keeping its previous spot as No. 8, and Kyoto University squeaking in at No. 20.

Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said by telephone from London that Japan’s success was “exceptional” and was based on decades of postwar development.

“Our reputation as Japan’s leading university is unquestioned,” said Masako Egawa, Todai’s executive vice president. “It is built on Todai’s long tradition of educating the nation’s political, industrial, scientific and cultural elite and its role as a key route for acquiring Western learning, the route by which Japan became the first non-Western developed state.”

The upward movement of Asian schools is seen mostly in the rankings’ second tier. The National University of Singapore moved up to 23 from 27. Tsinghua University in Beijing improved its standing to 30 from 35. Peking University rose to 38 from 43, leapfrogging the University of Hong Kong, which moved up to 39 from 42.

“East Asia is consistently creeping up the rankings,” Mr. Baty said. “The notable shift is from West to East. It’s subtle, but significant.”

The United States has 44 of the top 100 universities in the world, including four in the top six: Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and the University of California, Berkeley.