Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) topped the list of South Korean universities without medical schools in the latest research compiled by Chosun Ilbo, the country's most-circulated daily newspaper.
According to the Chosun-QS Asia report, HUFS also moved up three notches to rank at the ninth place among Asian universities without medical schools with more than 12,000 students.
In terms of the globalization, HUFS outpaced every South Korean universities, and ranked at the 13th spot among other Asian rivals. HUFS boasted top performances on all criteria of the globalization index including the portion of foreign professors and students.
Among all Asian universities, HUFS ranked at the 77th place, soaring 26 notches from the 103th place posted a year earlier. The university was placed at the 12th spot among all South Korean colleges, including those with medical schools.
The research, rolled out by Chosun Ilbo and Britain-based Quacquarelli Symonds, marks its eighth anniversary in 2016. The survey was conducted on 517 universities in 17 Asian countries and regions, including South Korea, Japan, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
QS said the robust performance of HUFS is attributable to the increase in its paper citation counts, which jumped 56 notches on-year.
HUFS said it also earned sound evaluations on its academic reputation, performances of alumni, professor-to-student ratio, and portion of foreign students, proving its top status as a dignified university.
"HUFS focused on providing education programs that merges different areas of studies to meet the rising social demand, and our students have received sound responses from top-tier companies," President Kim In-chul said.
"HUFS has been providing students with various opportunities to study overseas. We also invited talented students to study the Korean culture through the so-called inbound-outbound scholarship programs. These factors have helped our university receive favorable evaluation," Kim added.
In a separate data compiled by QS in March, HUFS ranked at 46th place in the language studies in the world, with its linguistics and English literature divsions being placed at the 101-150 bracket and 151-200 bracket, respectively.