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Studying in the Philippines: Five things we learned from QS Stars

By Craig O

Updated June 14, 2021 Updated June 14, 2021
  • 12 universities rated by QS Stars received five stars in Teaching
  • 11 out of the 18 institutions evaluated in the Facilities category have been awarded four stars
  • 89 percent of students are employed within maximum 24 months from graduation

Following the release of the QS World University Rankings 2022, we’re taking a closer look at a study destination which is home to four of the world’s top 1,200 universities: the Philippines. 

A university rankings can only tell you so much though, which is why QS Stars are useful. QS Stars assess universities across a much more extensive range of measures and provide information on a much wider range of institutions. For example, while only four universities from the Philippines feature in the 2022 edition of the QS World University Rankings, 19 institutions from the Philippines have been evaluated as part of QS Stars. 

Here are some of the things we’ve learned about studying in the Philippines from QS Stars. 

Quality of education 

Universities and colleges in the Philippines have sent thousands of doctors and engineers to work in the United States and other western countries. It is home to a number of ISO-certified universities and more than 2,000 higher educational institutions identified as Centres of Excellence.  

12 universities rated by QS Stars received five stars in Teaching, and the majority received at least three stars overall. 

Safe, high-quality campus environments 

Colleges and universities that have foreign students ensure stricter protection. They are equipped with 24-hour security and CCTV cameras are installed around the campuses. 

11 out of the 18 institutions evaluated in the Facilities category have been awarded four stars. The three universities with a maximum rating of five stars are West Visayas State University, Mapúa University and University of Santo Tomas. 

Medium of instruction 

Philippines was a colony of Spain first, and then United States during the Industrial revolution. Due to this, the English language is dominant in business, government, legal system, medicine and sciences and it’s also the medium of instruction in all higher education colleges.  

Filipinos speak English generally and native languages are spoken mostly within family and friends. 

Low cost of living 

Foreign students can enjoy balancing their lifestyle while spending less money. In the Philippines, you can rent a dormitory or an apartment unit in just less than US$50 or Php2,000 a month. Not to mention lower expenses for food, clothing and leisure. 

Graduate employment opportunities 

The graduate employment rate is very strong for most Filipino institutions. On average, 89 percent of students are employed within maximum 24 months from graduation. 

Additionally, about half of the institutions have a further study rate over 30 percent, showing a strong trend of students pursuing advanced qualifications. 

Which universities have been evaluated for QS Stars? 

QS Stars result 

Institution 

Batangas State University 

Benguet State University 

Bicol University 

Cagayan State University 

Caraga State University 

Cebu Technological University 

Central Luzon State University 

Central Mindanao University 

Jose Rizal University (JRU) 

Lyceum of the Philippines University 

Malayan Colleges Laguna 

Mapua University 

Mariano Marcos State University 

Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology 

Panpacific University 

Tarlac Agricultural University 

University of Santo Tomas 

Visayas State University 

West Visayas State University 

This article was originally published in June 2021 .

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As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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