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​In the world's top 40: NTU ranked No 1 in Singapore by Nature quality research

Published on: 19-Jun-2015

Nature index also places NTU 9th globally in chemistry

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is now ranked No. 40 in the Nature Index Global, a ranking by one of the world’s most prestigious specialist research publications.

This makes NTU the highest-ranked Singapore institution on the Index after climbing two spots from the previous year, ahead of two other local ones among a ranking of 200 top institutions worldwide.

NTU is ahead of top universities such as University College London, Japan’s Tohoku University, Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) and Duke University.

NTU’s strong performance also contributed to Singapore’s high global standing in research at 15th place, up from 17th when the Index was first released last year.

The university also ranks 8th among the Asian institutions listed on the Index, climbing 4 places from 12th position previously.

The Nature Index is based on the number of high-quality science papers published in 68 highly reputable science journals between 1 January and 31 December 2014, ordered by weighted fractional count. The Nature Index tracks the author affiliations of nearly 60,000 high-quality scientific articles, which includes research output from 20,000 institutions worldwide.

NTU published 371 articles with a weighted fractional count of 199.86. This is a 6.7 per cent increase in high-quality research output compared to the previous year. 

NTU President, Prof Bertil Andersson said, “NTU’s strong showing in the Nature Index testifies to the high quality and impact of the work being done by our outstanding faculty and researchers.”

“Singapore's high global ranking is another important milestone in its Golden Jubilee year. Singaporeans should be proud that the nation continues to punch above its weight in science by producing high-quality academic research and progressing so swiftly within just a few decades,” he added.

Chemistry and physical sciences – NTU’s strengths

NTU’s Chemistry research was ranked 9th internationally, up from 12th place previously. It surpassed other top universities such as Harvard, University of California Berkeley, Oxford and Cambridge.

NTU also scored well in Physical Sciences at No. 35, up from 39th place, ahead of leading universities such as Imperial College London, Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University and Cornell University. 

“These achievements are nothing short of spectacular for NTU's School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences that was established only 10 years ago. It is also a testament to the School’s strength in amassing outstanding faculty members over the past decade,” said Prof Andersson. 

Since its inauguration in 2005, the School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences’ professors and academics have won several accolades like the Young Scientist Award and the National Research Foundation (NRF) Investigatorship Award. A good number have been conferred Fellowships from prestigious institutions like the NRF, Singapore National Academy of Science and American Physical Society. Currently, NTU is home to more than 30 NRF Fellows in NTU or almost half of the national total, with 23 of them hailing from the School alone. 

NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering has also contributed to this stellar performance, especially in the area of nanoscience. Located at the interface between chemistry, physics, materials, engineering and biology, nanoscience is a priority research area for NTU, which has many strong research teams working on nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Last year, NTU also established a $70 million global research institute in the emerging field of nanomedicine, in partnership with Northwestern University’s International Institute for Nanotechnology.  The institute leverages the strengths of the two universities to use nanotechnology to solve some of the most challenging medical problems.

NTU’s remarkable performance in the Nature Index marks another landmark for the young fast-rising university, following its recent achievement in various rankings over the past year.

In the 2015 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject recently, NTU had three subjects ranked among the world’s top ten and 18 subjects in the world’s top 50. In September last year, NTU leapt two places to No. 39 in the QS 2014 World University Rankings.

Nature Index 2015 Global

The Chinese Academy of Sciences leads the top 200 institutions in the Nature Index Global ranking this year, followed by Harvard University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). In the country-based rankings, the US leads the globe, followed by China and Germany.

Articles included in the Nature Index are drawn from 68 highly reputable science journals chosen by an independent group of active researchers as where they would choose to publish their best work.
For more information on the Nature Index, visit:   

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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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