MANILA — The University of the Philippines has broken into a London-based publication’s ranking of the top 500 schools in the world. It was UP’s first time to crack the top 401-500 of 1,396 universities in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) list for 2020. The Philippines’ premiere state university said it was first included in the rankings in 2017, placing among the top 1,000. It climbed to the top 800 in 2018 and to the top 600 in 2019. THE ranks universities based on performance in teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. With a score of 38.8 to 42.3, UP was the only Philippine school in THE’s top 500. De La Salle University placed 1001+ with a score of 10.7 to 22.1. The list was topped by University of Oxford, UK’s oldest university, with 95.4 points, followed by California Institute of Technology with 94.5 points. Completing the top 5 were the University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. THE’s data and benchmarking tools “are used by many of the world’s most prestigious universities to help them achieve their strategic goals,” said the publication. View the complete World University Rankings here.