Published on: 15-Sep-2015
· Ranked 13th this year, NTU has shot up 26 places compared to last year
· NTU is ranked 6th globally in Engineering and 15th in Natural Sciences
· With NTU and NUS a hair's breadth apart at 13th and 12th spot respectively, Singapore now has the two best universities in Asia.
In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has shot like a rocket to the 13th spot, ahead of traditional Ivy League and European universities such as Yale, Johns Hopkins, Cornell and King's College London.
NTU, the world's No. 1 young university, is now just a hair's breadth apart from Singapore's oldest university, the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is placed in the 12th spot.
"This is a remarkable achievement for Singapore, and a timely birthday gift for this young nation celebrating her 50th year of independence this year – to have two universities ranked in the world's top 15. The top two Asian universities in the world rankings are now both from Singapore. Young Singaporeans can be very proud that they have two universities of international repute to choose from to get top-quality education right at home," said NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.
NTU was placed 39th last year and has been on a steep upward climb since 2011. Despite being only about two dozen years old, the world's top young university has made meteoric jumps through astute, strategic management, successful attraction of top students and internationally-renowned professors, and innovative programmes.
NTU improved its scores in research citations, academic reputation, and its student-to-faculty ratio.
NTU, a research powerhouse
This year, QS introduced a new measurement for research excellence known as normalised citation per faculty.
Prof Andersson said: "The old way of measuring citation disfavoured technological universities and favoured those with medical schools as citations in Engineering are typically lower than that in Medicine. That's just the nature of research in these fields. But by adopting normalised citation, it levels the playing field for all universities as it averages the citations in each field so fair comparisons can be made."
QS said it made the decision to use normalised citation per faculty to balance the emphasis between the same five faculty (subject) areas that it uses in its survey analysis. In addition, QS has made greater use of historic survey data.
According to Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, NTU's ascent would have still been remarkable without the methodological refinements to the research citation parameter. If QS had continued with the previous approach, NTU would still have gained more than ten places from last year, underlining their genuine transformation into a world-class university over the past decade.
NTU's research has been growing from strength to strength. In June this year, NTU was ranked No. 1 in Singapore in the Nature Global Index, and 40th globally.
Data from Thomson Reuters InCites Report in the last two years also shows that in normalised citation impact, NTU is the leader amongst the top Asian universities.
Prof Andersson said that NTU's approach in building its academic reputation is "to bring NTU to the world and the world to NTU." Believing in the benefits of a global education, NTU had already announced in 2011 its target to have 7 in 10 undergraduates have at least one global opportunity during the course of his studies. Today, the target is to have 8 in 10 go overseas at least once as an NTU undergraduate.
Since 2011, NTU has rolled out various innovative academic initiatives, such as a joint medical school with Imperial College London; the Renaissance Engineering Programme, where students spend one year either at University of California, Berkeley or Imperial College London; the CN Yang Scholars Programme where students conduct research for one semester at NTU's partner universities such as Imperial College London or Northwestern University in the US; and the University Scholars' Programme.
NTU has an excellent network of industry partners. In the last few years, NTU has set up joint research laboratories with major industrial partners such as Rolls Royce, BMW, Lockheed Martin, Johnson Matthey and ST Engineering. Through collaborations with industry, NTU not only contributes to Singapore's economic output but also provides students with relevant work exposure.
Professor Bertil Andersson, who was NTU's first Provost in 2007 and rose to become its third President in 2011, said: "We have always believed that there are three things that make a university great, and that is – people, people, people."
Compared to 2011, NTU's intake of top A Level students has been rising sharply each year by:
· 43% in 2012;
· 60% in 2013;
· 83% in 2014;
· 88% in 2015.
Aside from top students, NTU has also successfully attracted top notch international faculty, both established professors as well as promising young scientists.
These factors have contributed to NTU's huge improvement in all five subject areas. They are:
· 6th in Engineering & Technology (up from 9th)
· 15th in Natural Sciences (up from 59th)
· 22nd in Social Sciences & Management (up from 33rd)
· 45th in Arts & Humanities (up from 86th)
· 131st for Life Sciences & Medicine (up from 208th)
As NTU's new medical school starts to implement its research programmes, NTU expects to improve its ranking in Life Sciences & Medicine over the next few years.
In 2014, NTU was ranked No. 1 among the world's young universities established less than 50 years ago in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings. NTU was also 4th in the QS Asia Rankings in June this year.
Global Top 20 in QS World University Rankings 2015/16
|1||1||MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (MIT) ||US|
|3=||2=||UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE||UK|
|5||8||CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (CALTECH)||US|
|6||5=||UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD||UK|
|7||5=||UCL (UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON)||UK|
|8||2=||IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON||UK|
|9||12||ETH ZURICH (SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)||CH|
|10||11||UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO||US|
|12||22||NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE (NUS)||SG|
|13||39||NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY (NTU)||SG|
|14||17=||ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE (EPFL)||CH|
|16||14=||JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY||US|
|18||13||UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA||US|
|19=||25=||AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY (ANU)||AU|
|19=||16||KING'S COLLEGE LONDON (KCL)||UK|
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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 new 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 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).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore's science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore's medical district.
For more information, visit www.ntu.edu.sg
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