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​NTU maintains its place in Asia’s top 4 ​

Published on: 16-Mar-2017

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is among Asia’s top four universities in the latest ranking by Times Higher Education. 

NTU Singapore increased its overall score in the Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings, achieving 74.2 points, up from 72.9 in 2016. It also continued to improve its scores for teaching, citations and international outlook.

Times Higher Education's Asia University Rankings uses the same 13 performance indicators as the global rankings, grouped into five areas: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income (knowledge transfer). But unlike the global ranking methodology, the regional rankings’ weightings are recalibrated.

Last year, NTU jumped a spectacular 8 spots to clinch the joint second spot with Peking University.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, "The competition is of course much keener when you are at the top, with many similarly dynamic and ambitious Asian universities putting up a strong fight. Some fluctuations each year are not unexpected when you are in the top league. I’m happy that NTU has performed better and has higher scores compared to last year. Compared to two years ago when we were placed 10th, we have made big strides up in the rankings, although not as much as last year.”

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said, “NTU has done well and improved its overall score in the tables since last year, but China’s Peking and Tsinghua universities improved by a larger margin, resulting in their second and third rankings respectively this year.”

NTU’s biggest improvement was in citations, where it jumped 5 points to 90.7, up from 85.6 marks last year.

Prof Andersson added that NTU’s place among the top four in Asia reflects the dedication of its faculty to offer a thriving research and learning environment for our students, and the university’s strong network of partnerships with leading multinational companies and institutions worldwide.

NTU has partnerships with some 400 institutions around the world. The university is consistently ranked one of the world’s top research universities when it comes to industrial collaboration.

Leading international and local industry players, including BMW, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin, Delta, and Singapore’s ST Engineering and public transport operator SMRT, all have joint research labs on NTU’s campus that draw on the university’s strong capabilities in engineering and translation of research into industry applications. The labs are focused on cutting-edge research areas, such as in electromobility, nanotechnology, and advanced robotics and autonomous systems.

The latest Times Higher Education rankings come on the heels of several other recent rankings that rank NTU among the world's best universities.

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject released this month, NTU climbed to 4th place for Engineering and Technology, the only Singapore university in the global top 5 in the rankings by faculty.

NTU also consolidated its strength in Natural Sciences at 17th position. The university held steady in the Social Sciences at 22nd place, while its Arts & Humanities was ranked 51st. NTU also made the top 50 universities list for 19 subjects and the top 10 for 2 subjects – Electrical & Electronic Engineering (6th) and Materials Science (7th).

In the Financial Times’ ranking of Master of Business Administration (MBA) programmes worldwide, NTU climbed 5 positions to joint 24th place with Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.

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Feisal Abdul Rahman 
Senior Assistant Director  
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
Email: feisalar(at) 

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), 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 three 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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