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​NTU maintains its place among the world’s top 3 young universities 

Published on: 05-Apr-2017

​Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has retained its high position in the top 3 of the world’s elite young universities.

This is according to the London-based Times Higher Education, which announced the rankings of the world’s top universities below the age of 50 today at the Young Universities Summit 2017 in Australia where NTU was ranked third.

NTU is also ranked the world’s No. 1 young university by QS in the last three consecutive years. Both Times Higher and QS use different methodologies to rank the world’s best young universities.

The only Singapore university listed in the Top 10 of the Times Higher’s 200 Under 50 Rankings, NTU saw its overall score increase over the past year. NTU also improved its scores in teaching, citations and international outlook.  

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “Only seven countries made it into the global top 10 and Singapore is one of them – represented by NTU. We are proud to fly the Singapore flag in the top league of the Times Higher Education ranking. NTU has consistently earned our place in these and many other rankings in recent years. These latest results reaffirm NTU’s globally acknowledged strengths in teaching, research and working with our international partners and the industry.”

In the last month alone, NTU has sealed collaborations with seven leading global and local partners, including SystemX and Schneider Electric from France, Camfill from Sweden, RIKEN from Japan, Schaeffler from Germany, ELID Technology International from Singapore, and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences and Peking University from China. These partnerships complement NTU's extensive collaborations with some 400 academic, research and industry partners worldwide.

“NTU's overall score has improved this year, but regional rivals are also stepping up the competition such as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, one of NTU’s friendly competitors. The two universities have a lot of mutual respect for each other,” Professor Andersson said.

Commenting on NTU’s performance, Mr Phil Baty, Times Higher Education World University Rankings editor said, “NTU's overall score has improved this year, but faces stronger competitors than ever from its near neighbours in the ranking. NTU is a world-class performer and I have no doubt this will spur them on. Singapore has a promising future in the Under 50 list in the years to come; while several other countries’ representatives are nearing their 50th anniversary, NTU is just 26 years old.”

The accolade comes on the heels of the university’s achievement in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject last month. In the QS ranking, NTU was ranked 4th in the world in Engineering & Technology, the only Singaporean university in the top 5 ranking by faculty. NTU also had two subject fields in the global top 10 and 19 subject fields in the top 50.

Tech-focused universities are the future

Asia’s science and technology-focused young universities – particularly those from Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea – continued to dominate the top of Times Higher’s Under 50 Rankings this year.  

Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “Asia’s young and dynamic science and tech-focused universities are racing with their North American and European counterparts to become research powerhouses of the future. With continued investment and support, the future is bright for Asia’s up-and-coming universities.”

The Times Higher Education Under 50 ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators as its main World University Rankings, but gives less weight to reputation in order to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.

The indicators are grouped into five categories:  teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and knowledge transfer.

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Nanyang Technological University
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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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