AppliedHE, a globally recognized institution for academic ranking, has unveiled its much-anticipated list of Indonesia's finest universities for 2024. As reported by Kompas.com on December 7, 2023, the list is dominated by universities located in Java, namely Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) Yogyakarta, Universitas Airlangga (Unair) Surakarta, and Universitas Muhammadiyah Surakarta (UMS).
Top-Ranked Universities and Their Impact
Java's universities have a significant influence on the country's higher education landscape. In the private university category, the top spot is seized by Universitas Bina Nusantara (Binus), demonstrating the increasing quality of private education in the region.
Key Factors in University Ranking
AppliedHE's ranking system takes into account the aspects most important to students when choosing their place of higher learning. This includes teaching quality, employability, research output, community service, internationalization, and global reputation. Private universities, despite being more expensive than their public counterparts, are instrumental in Southeast Asia by providing quality education to a larger audience and creating an educated workforce.
The ranking process utilizes a range of indicators. These include the classroom experience, curriculum quality, examination standards, instructor competence, campus facilities, social life, graduate employment rates, and research output from Google Scholar. Additionally, the assessment factors in student engagement in social and environmental activities, international student and faculty numbers, and the university's international standing.