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​NTU ranks 12th in the world, cementing position among top universities in QS rankings

Published on: 07-Jun-2018

​NTU also retains top 3 ranking among world’s young universities by Times Higher Education

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Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has placed 12th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) global league table, cementing its position among the world’s leading universities.

Last year, NTU attained the highest ranking ever by a Singapore or Asian university in the history of QS University Rankings when it climbed to 11th spot. Since 2010, NTU has risen rapidly up the QS rankings by more than 60 places.
In a separate ranking, Times Higher Education announced (on 6 June, 10pm) that NTU has maintained its Top 3 position among the world’s elite young universities for the second consecutive year.
NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said, “NTU Singapore is immensely proud to be placed among the world’s very best in the top twelve, although it is the youngest in that cohort. By any measure, what NTU has achieved in its relatively short existence is remarkable. It gives us confidence that we will be able to achieve our vision of an NTU Singapore Smart Campus that is globally distinctive among universities. I congratulate our faculty, staff, students, alumni and Trustees, and the academic and administrative leadership team for their achievements.
“The other great story here is that Singapore is home to two universities in the top 12. We should be very proud that Singapore is punching well above its weight.”
Prof Suresh added, “The latest Times Higher Education ranking also shows that young science and technology universities, particularly in Asia, are making swift progress in the global higher education landscape. The investments made by Asia’s young universities, especially in modern laboratories, multidisciplinary research and newer pedagogical methods employing technology will pay significant dividend over the long term. These developments build on the region's strong investments in education and continued economic growth.
"As the only Singapore university listed in the Under 50 ranking, NTU is leading a new generation of young, agile and forward-thinking universities that are championing high-impact research and innovative teaching methods to develop a regional and global talent pool of future citizens and leaders who can thrive in the rapidly changing global workplace.”
In the latest QS World University Rankings, NTU’s institutional research impact, measured by the citations per faculty metric, remains the highest among Singapore universities – jumping 11 places to rank 46th in the world.
This year, NTU’s academic reputation rose 12 positions to rank 38th internationally. Across the six QS metrics, NTU ranks in the top 60s in the world, except in international student ratio (132nd).  
Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said, “NTU’s sustained placing among the world’s top 15 is a particularly impressive achievement for such a young university.” He added that the feat required persistent focus through a transition of leadership – Prof Suresh was inaugurated as NTU’s fourth President in February 2018.
“NTU has marched on in our Academic Reputation index this year, gaining 12 places to 38, but it’s their research profile and international mix that elevate them further amongst the world’s elite,” he said.
“There is so little to choose between the world’s leading institutions with only two points between 12th and 8th that it’s difficult to pick out the highlights.”
Making waves in research and innovation
For the past four years, the University has been leading the pack in the QS Top 50 under 50 rankings – a league table of the world’s best young universities below 50 years old.
Globally recognised for its strengths in engineering, computing and innovation, NTU is also ranked the top university in the world for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a ranking jointly compiled by Nikkei and Elsevier between 2012 and 2016.
With the quality and impact of NTU’s work increasingly recognised globally, the University is attracting even more industry leaders to collaborate with NTU in the translation of research into innovations for various industries.
In February, Alibaba Group set up its first joint research institute outside of China with NTU to look into AI technologies. NTU has also partnered Volvo to develop autonomous buses, and Singtel to accelerate innovation in the fields of AI, advanced data analytics, robotics and smart computing.
In conjunction with a historic visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to NTU last week, the university signed agreements with several leading institutions in India to set up research and education programmes.
For instance, NTU, which already has seven satellites orbiting the Earth since 2011, is working with the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in space science and technology on joint satellite projects. Both parties are also keen to develop a sustained exchange programme on space research.
Prof Suresh said, “These collaborations demonstrate the level of confidence that these highly regarded institutions and corporations have in NTU’s ability to translate discoveries and innovations into technologies that benefit society. They also bear testament to the University’s strength in the key areas that shape the fourth industrial revolution, such as AI, robotics machine learning, 3D printing and data analytics.”
A key component of the NTU Smart Campus vision is to develop NTU as a living testbed for cutting-edge technologies before they are deployed in the market. Some of the technologies that NTU has been testing include electric and autonomous vehicles.
“It is an exciting time for our university community as we continue to test on campus many of tomorrow’s technologies that will benefit Singapore as well as the world. The NTU Smart Campus aims to play a leading role in Singapore’s drive to become a Smart Nation,” said Prof Suresh.
One of world’s most eco-friendly campus
Another integral part of the Smart Campus vision is to develop green and sustainable innovative solutions in line with NTU’s goal to become the world’s most eco-friendly campus.
NTU has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified ) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95 per cent are certified Green Mark Platinum.
“It’s an ambitious goal to be 100 per cent Green Mark Platinum-certified, but we are not that far away. We will reach Green Mark Platinum (equivalent to LEED-Platinum in colder climates) status for all our buildings by 2020. At the same time, we are also trying to reduce our total energy consumption on this campus by 30 per cent of what it was in 2015 through innovative solutions. In every possible way, we want to become a Smart Campus that is among the most eco-friendly campuses in the world,” said Prof Suresh.
More than 1,000 institutions from over 85 countries are ranked in this year's QS World University Rankings. Based on six performance indicators, universities are assessed in four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
For more information on the QS World University Rankings, visit:
The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings employ the same 13 performance indicators as its main World University Rankings, but gives less weighting to academic reputation, to reflect the distinctive characteristics of younger universities.
The indicators are grouped into five categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income and innovation.
More information about the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings is available at:



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About Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly 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 for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past four years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.
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