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​19 NTU subjects in global top 50

Published on: 22-Mar-2016

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has put in its best performance with 19 subject fields in the world’s top 50, in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject announced today. 

NTU’s engineering disciplines lead the university’s improved standings, with Materials Science rising to its highest position so far at 6th place globally, up from 8th last year, while Electrical & Electronic Engineering maintains its Top 10 standing at No. 8.

Engineering subjects also achieved the most impressive gains, with two new areas in the global top 20. NTU’s Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing, jumped four spots to 13th place, while its Computer Science & Information Systems, which is also the university’s biggest mover, leapt 7 places to 14th. 

NTU also debuted at No. 39 in Minerals & Mining, a new subject field under QS’ Engineering & Technology category. The areas of study under Minerals & Mining include Geotechnical Engineering, Geochemistry and Geophysics.
Nine of NTU’s disciplines now rank among the world’s top 20. They are: Materials Science (6th), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (8th), Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (13th), Computer Science & Information Systems (14th), Education (14th), Communication & Media (15th), Chemistry (15th), Civil & Structural Engineering (18th), and Chemical Engineering (18th).

Professor Bertil Andersson, President of NTU, said, “The QS subject rankings reaffirm NTU’s rising strengths across a broad range of disciplines. NTU started out as a primarily engineering university but we now also excel in science, business, education, and the arts and social sciences, all within a short period of time. Credit for NTU’s performance goes to our professors for their dedication in educating our students and for their world-class research which has strengthened NTU’s reputation internationally.

“Also as NTU graduates continue to shine in their careers, they have shown the value of the education they have got here and this has contributed to NTU’s enhanced reputation among employers globally.”  
NTU’s Nanyang Business School has improved its performance, with Accounting & Finance advancing to 21st spot worldwide, and Business & Management Studies moving up three places to 28th.  

In the arts and humanities, NTU’s Linguistics maintained its 24th position, while both Art & Design and English Languages & Literature clinched 48th place in the world.  

The other NTU disciplines in the global top 50 include: Environmental Sciences (27th), Statistics & Operational Research (36th), Mathematics (39th), and Physics & Astronomy (42nd). 

“We will continue to push hard to scale greater heights of excellence and innovation in education and research, and to be relevant to the needs of students and the industry,” said Professor Andersson. “For example, in the new Academic Year starting in August, we are introducing 16 new undergraduate offerings, including nine degree programmes in business, engineering and science, and seven double majors that combine the arts, social sciences and business. 

“These new courses will open up a new spectrum of opportunities for our students to pursue careers in high growth and emerging sectors – from pharmaceutical engineering and food science technology, to big data analytics.” 

For example, last year, fresh NTU graduates in Business and Computing scored the highest salary jump of 33% among their peers in Singapore universities, with starting salaries of $4,583, on par with fresh law and medicine graduates at other universities.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015 highlights the world’s top universities in 42 subject areas, up from 36 last year. Published annually since 2011, the rankings are based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact. 

More information about the QS Subject Rankings is available at:
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Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687

About Nanyang Technological University 

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a joint medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI). 
Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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