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​NTU climbs 3 places into Top Four of QS’ Asia university rankings

Published on: 10-Jun-2015

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has leapt three places to be ranked 4th among Asia’s top universities in the latest Asian University Rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). This is NTU’s best showing since the Asian rankings were introduced by QS in 2009.  NTU continued its upward trajectory, having soared 10 places since 2009 when NTU debuted in QS’ Asian rankings at No. 14.
The London-based rankings agency released the results of its QS University Rankings – Asia earlier today. NTU is one of only two Singapore universities listed in the rankings that track the leading 300 universities in Asia. NTU is also the biggest climber within the top 10, overtaking Seoul National University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to take 4th place.

Speaking on the university's rise, NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “Singapore should be very proud to have two highly acclaimed universities among Asia’s Top Four. This is a remarkable feat for this small country and especially meaningful that it has come during Singapore’s Golden Jubilee year. It shows that Singapore’s continued investments in education and research are reaping good results.
“NTU has successfully climbed the rankings despite the very competitive global and regional landscape. Asia is fast becoming a global powerhouse of higher education, with many young Asian universities below 50 years old surging ahead of their global peers, and NTU is proud to stand among these young up-and-coming Asian tigers.”
Prof Andersson added that NTU continues strengthen its academic curriculum with a wider range of innovative and relevant courses, and its research programmes.
“Today, NTU’s strengths and excellence in teaching, research and innovation, are well recognised not only in Asia, but also internationally,” he added.
Data from New York-based Thomson Reuters and Amsterdam-based Elsevier show that NTU has overtaken top Asian universities such as National University of Singapore, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and Tokyo University to lead the region in research impact. The data also showed that NTU has been surging ahead of Asian universities in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan since 2007.
Research impact refers to how much a scholar's research work is cited by other researchers, and this shows its importance in the field or related fields.
The QS Asian rankings are the latest in a string of accolades for NTU. Last September, NTU clinched No. 1 spot among QS’ list of the world's top young universities, overtaking HKUST which had led the Top 50 Under 50 list for several years.

In April this year, the QS World University Rankings by specific subjects ranked NTU in the world's top 50 universities for 18 fields. NTU was ranked among the world's top 10 universities for three subjects – Education, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Materials Science. In its best showing ever, NTU had 18 subject fields in the world’s top 50, compared to 7 fields when the QS subject rankings were introduced in 2011.
The QS Asia University Rankings compare the top universities in Asia on nine key performance indicators. These include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per paper, papers per faculty, proportion of international faculty and students, and the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students. 

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. 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.

NTU’s main campus at Yunnan Garden has been named one of Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. It also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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