CAMILING, Tarlac — The Tarlac Agricultural University (TAU) has been recognized as part of this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings.
Along with four other private institutions in the country, TAU is the only state tertiary institution in the Philippines to ever achieve the recognition.
The four others include the Ateneo De Manila University, De La Salle University, University of Santo Tomas and Mapua University.
According to TAU director for external linkages and international affairs Christine Ferrer, the ranking is an assessment of the global performance of universities on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
She said the ranking uses indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas — research, stewardship, outreach and teaching.
The state university gained ranks on 13 out the 17 SDG with a 601-800 rating.
“We were highest on SDG 5 which is Gender Equality, second on SDG 4 which is Quality Education and third on SDG 1 which is No Poverty,” she noted.
She said that this year’s Impact Rankings include 1,115 universities that are from 94 countries.
“Of the five universities in the Philippines, TAU is the only state university included in the ranking. This is another verification of the quality education that TAU offers its students,” she said.
The milestone TAU achieved became possible through its good leadership and teamwork.
“The inclusion of TAU in this ranking methodology is a concerted effort of the University’s SDG Taskforce, with the guidance and encouragement of the Commission on Higher Education-International Affairs Office,” Ferrer said.