In August 2019, ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities) announced Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) as being ranked No. 1 University in Vietnam and ranked 901-1000 in the world.
In December 2019, URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance) declared that TDTU remains the first place in Vietnam and stands 960th in the list of 2,500 best universities in the world.
Currently, there are plenty of university ranking systems, among which ARWU is one of the most demanding with the most ambitious academic requirements. Therefore, it is known as the most prestigious today.
The outstanding feature of ARWU is the objective assessment. ARWU does not rely on subjective data provided by universities. More importantly, it does not rely on surveys and school submissions as other university ranking systems do but collect data on its own based on major international databases such as Web of Science (WoS), Clarivate (the USA).
Even though ARWU has annually ranked universities for 16 years, it is not until 2019 that Vietnam has the first representative to make it to the list. The fact that Vietnam has TDTU included in the rankings of the prestigious world university ranking system ARWU is a great honor for the whole country, marking a breakthrough for the development of the Vietnamese education system.
In April 2020, THE (Times Higher Education) published THE University Impact Rankings to recognize universities across the world for their social and economic impact. Accordingly, Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) is the sole representative of Vietnam to enter the world's Top 200 universities with the best quality of education.
With regards to science and technology, TDTU is the number-one institution of Vietnam in all aspects such as the number of publications, research productivity, the number of citations, and quality of publications according to statistics from Scopus. TDTU’s publication quantity in 2019 accounted for 22.5% of the total of all the institutions across Vietnam, and accounted for approximately half (43.2%) of all scientific citations that the whole country gained in 2019.
According to WoS, as of December 31, 2019, ASEAN countries had published a total of 63,445 papers in ISI journals. Among the top 10 universities, only TDTU represented Vietnam, ranked 7/10.
In November 2019, the QS Higher Education Rankings (UK) ranked TDTU at 207th among the Top 500 Asian Universities (QS Asia University Rankings).
Although there are some differences in the objectives and the evaluation function, these rankings continue to confirm the quality of education and innovative research of TDTU to meet the international standards which has been equally compared with many renowned universities in the world and even surpassed many long-standing universities in the region.
Therefore, undeniably, it is a wise and rewarding choice to study and work at TDTU. A young public university which is not funded or invested by the state budget, and has self-reliant growth, in just over 22 years, has been beyond most of other public universities in Vietnam with a history of 40, 50 or 60 years and spending huge funds invested and financed by the state budget. Obviously, TDTU has clearly been on the right track, built up an accurate culture-philosophy-mission, chosen the right goals for each period, and especially had qualified and effective university governance. It is more and more potential to go further to prepare for even more brilliant future prospects, for TDTU as well as TDTU’s lecturers, officials and learners.