2020 YEAR ENDER: Best Good News from Philippine Schools

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The Philippines’ leading universities continued to be ranked among the best in Asia and the world.

This Year Ender List of the Good News from Philippine Schools is all about excellence in education even amid extraordinary environments for learning that were instituted because of the restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

Leading Philippine universities affirmed their top ranks in various international surveys even while showing compassion to students who were made to adopt new modes of learning at home and away from school. Filipino students continued to display championship form and creative excellence.

These are the 8 Best Good News from Philippine Schools in 2020 that received the most love from GoodNewsPilipinas.com readers:

8. Mindanao student creates homemade couture ball gown

Western Mindanao State University student Maverick Francisco Oyao designed a Michael Cinco couture-inspired ball gown for his younger sister, Lu Asey Oyao, and the photos of his homemade creation were adored by netizens who made him trending on social media.

The Culture and Arts Education student’s hand-crafted blue and white gown was made for his tenth-grade sister’s Junior and Senior Prom in February. Oyao patterned his creation from world-renowned Michael Cinco’s Spring and Summer collection 2020.

Mindanao student’s Michael Cinco couture-inspired homemade ball gown trends on social media

7. DLSU Manila sets up academic support amid pandemic

De La Salle University-Manila took the initiative to announce its no-failing Grade Policy as schools were closed abruptly during the lockdown.

DLSU Manila also provided financial rebates, psychological help, and internet connectivity support to its academic community to help them cope with the COVID-19 pandemic and enhanced community quarantine.

DLSU Manila extends tuition rebates, free counseling, pocket wifis to support academe in lockdown

6. NU Pep Squad reps Ph in Cheerleading World Championships

The country cheered in February as the University Athletic Association of the Philippines 2019 Cheerdance Champion National University PEP Squad prepared to represent the Philippines in two world cheerleading championships in Florida, U.S.A.

The UAAP cheerdance champions were set to represent the country at the All Star Federation Open Championships and the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championships.

UAAP Champs NU Pep Squad goes for Gold at Cheerleading World Championships in Florida

5. 4 Ph schools land in World University Impact Rankings

University of Santo Tomas, University of Asia and the Pacific, De La Salle University, and Mapua University are on the 2020 edition of Times Higher Education (THE) World University Impact Rankings based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

UST led the four Philippine universities in league with the 766 universities from 85 countries in the second edition of THE World University Impact Rankings.

UST, UA&P, DLSU, MAPUA land on THE World University Impact Rankings

4. UP leads UniRank Top Universities

The University of the Philippines Diliman (1st), Ateneo de Manila University (2nd), and University of Santo Tomas (3rd) led UniRank’s 2020 Top Universities Ranking in the Philippines released in May.

The top 3 Philippine universities led the 231 Philippine higher-education institutions that were ranked in the 2020 edition of the annual listing that features over 13,600 officially recognized Universities and Colleges in 200 countries.

UP, Ateneo, UST lead UniRank Top Universities in the Philippines

3. 8 PH schools rank in Google Scholar Webometrics

The University of the Philippines led eight Philippine educational institutions listed in the latest Transparent Ranking of Top Universities by Citations in Top Google Scholar profiles released in January.

The UP led the Philippines’ ranking schools with 113,743 citations, followed by De La Salle University (DLSU) Manila with 51,390, and the University of the Philippines Diliman with 41,826 citations.

Ateneo de Manila University, University of Santo Tomas, Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology, University of San Carlos, and Mapua Institute of Technology complete the Philippines’ entries.

8 Filipino universities score high in Google Scholar Webometrics Ranking

2. UP leads QS World, Asian Rankings

The University of the Philippines led 7 Philippine universities in the 2020 list of London-based Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings and Asia University Rankings released in May.

UP, ADMU, De La Salle University, and the University of Santo Tomas were again ranked in the QS World University Rankings which showcases the world’s top 1,000 universities, repeating their 2019 appearance.

The 4 top universities are also in the QS Asia University Rankings of the top 550 Asian universities, together with the University of San Carlos, Siliman University, and Mapua University.

UP, Ateneo lead 7 Philippine universities in QS World, Asian Rankings

1. UST receives ASEAN Quality Seal

The University of Santo Tomas received the stamp of approval in January from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations University Network – Quality Assurance group, becoming only the second university in the Philippines and the 8th in the world to receive the Institutional Certification.

The Dominican-run institution is the first associate member to receive the Institutional Certification among the 120 member institutions of the AUN-QA.

UST stamped with ASEAN Quality Seal, only 2nd in PHL and 8th in world

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Aurora Quadra-Balibay
Angie is a self-confessed reformed news critic who vows she has finally found infinite value in delivering the good news. She teaches students of all ages how to make the important interesting for audiences across media platforms.