In the first ever ranking of Asian Top 200 universities by QS Quacquarelli Symonds in 2009, South Korea has 46 universities in the Top 200 list with three in the top 20.

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) is the highest ranked South Korean university, placed 7th in Asia, followed by SEOUL National University (8th) and Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) (17th).

A total of 17 institutions from South Korea are ranked in the Top 100 list.

Seoul National University (SNU), colloquially known in Korean as Seouldae, is a public research university located in Seoul, Republic of Korea, which is ranked top in a number of league tables:

- 1st nationally and 11th in Asia by Webometrics 2009.

- 32nd in the world in the world according to Ecole des Mines de Paris ranking.

POSTECH is a private university, based in Pohang, South Korea, which is ranked highly in the international league tables:

- Top 3 in South Korea and Top 20 in Asia by QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2009.

- 41st in Asia by Webometrics Ranking Web of World Universities 2008.

- ranked 42-68 regionally in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2008.

YONSEI University is one of the most prestigious research universities located in Seoul, which is ranked among the Top 50 institutions in the region:

- 25th regionally this year (QS 2009).

- placed in the rank of  23-41 by ARWU 2008.

- 46th in Asia by webometrics 2008.
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek