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​NTU is ranked No. 1 for the second consecutive year in QS young university rankings

Published on: 24-Nov-2015

NTU widens the lead over second-placed university

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has topped this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings of the world’s young universities for the second consecutive year. In retaining the No. 1 position, NTU has widened its lead over second-placed Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).

The achievement is the latest feather in the cap for NTU, which recently shot up 26 places to the 13th spot in this year’s QS’ World University Rankings, ahead of traditional Ivy League and established European universities such as Yale, John Hopkins, Cornell and King’s College London.

In the QS Top 50 Under 50 Ranking published today, NTU has an overall score of 93.9 compared to HKUST’s 88 points. Last year, NTU pipped HKUST to the pole position by just 0.7 points, with a score of 84 points. 

This year, NTU has improved its scores in research citations, academic and employer reputation and faculty-to-student ratio. It also scored well for its internationally diverse faculty and student communities.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “Being named the best young university for the second year running, right after our big jump to 13th in the world university rankings in September is fantastic news not only for NTU, but also for Singapore which celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year. It is a tribute to the quality of our faculty, staff and students and shows that being a young university should not be a hindrance in making an impact on a global scale.

“The latest rankings also demonstrate the determination of Asia’s young universities which are at the top of the game with their strong drive for excellence,” added Professor Andersson, a renowned plant biochemist who has led NTU to global distinction since he became NTU President in 2011.

The top six universities in this league table are all from Asia. NTU is the only one flying the Singapore flag while Hong Kong has three universities and South Korea has two universities within this year’s top 10.

Fast-rising research powerhouse
In the last few years, NTU has been successful in attracting both established world-class scientists as well as promising young international researchers.

“I am often asked when I am overseas the reasons for NTU’s rapid rise globally. My answer is simple – it’s people, people and people. NTU today is a talent magnet that draws some of the world's best professors and students.

“The quality of students has been rising rapidly each year. This year, there was an 89 per cent increase in top students enrolling at NTU, compared to 2011 which was the year before we rolled out various innovative programmes like the Renaissance Engineering Programme and the medicine programme offered by our joint medical school with Imperial College London.”

Data from Thomson Reuters InCites Report in the last two years showed that NTU leads the other top Asian universities in normalised citation impact. This year, NTU was also named the world’s No. 1 Fastest-Rising Young University by Times Higher Education, another ranking house.

Pioneering new education frontiers
Professor Andersson said that NTU is driving innovative approaches to education and technology-enabled learning. Having successfully introduced the flipped classroom pedagogy in 2013, NTU is implementing the flipped classroom model for half of its courses within the next five years. In this new model of learning, students access course content on their own before class, so that time in class is spent on team-based learning, guided by the professors.

NTU’s newest building, The Hive, is the centrepiece of the flipped classroom pedagogy that it is rolling out in a big way. Designed by renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick, The Hive houses 56 smart classrooms, equipped with flexible clustered seating, multiple LCD screens and wireless communication tools to facilitate collaborative learning.

Besides education and research, NTU has a track record of close collaborations with top global industry players, such as BMW, Rolls-Royce, Lockheed Martin and Johnson Matthey and its highly skilled industry-ready graduates have bolstered the university’s reputation among international employers.

These developments have translated into higher reputation and citation scores for NTU, as well as improved global standing across all five subject areas in the QS’ global league table released in September this year. For example, in the area of Engineering and Technology, NTU rose to its highest ever global position at 6th place, up 3 notches from last year, while NTU’s Natural Science vaulted 46 places to 15th place from 59th in 2014.

For more information on the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings, visit:

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Feisal Abdul Rahman
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations)
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University
Tel: (65) 6790 6687

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.
The University’s main Yunnan Garden 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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