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NTU jumps three places to make it into Top Five of Times Higher's ranking of best young universities

Published on: 01-May-2014

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has climbed three places to be ranked 5th among the world’s top young universities. This was announced by London-based Times Higher Education which released the results of its Top 100 Under 50 ranking today. 
Now into its third year, the Times Higher ranking lists the 100 best universities below the age of 50. NTU is the only Singapore university listed in the young universities’ ranking. With its global upward trajectory, the University has climbed 11 places over the last two years, including eight places to No. 8 last year.
Speaking on the University's rise, NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “NTU continues to progress rapidly despite the very competitive global landscape, by strengthening our academic curriculum with a wider range of innovative and relevant courses and global achievements in research. The University’s strengths are well recognised internationally, especially our commitment to delivering excellence in teaching, research and innovation.

"With four out of top five young universities coming from this region, the Asian tigers have plenty to roar about.  This is an important trend because it represents a shift in the global balance of knowledge – and knowledge is power. It shows that Asia is closing the gap with the West in knowledge creation and innovation,” he added.
The Times Higher’s Top 100 Under 50 ranking is the latest in a string of accolades for NTU. Earlier in January, in a similar ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), NTU retained its No. 2 spot among the world's top young universities. Times Higher Education and QS use different ranking methodologies to measure the world’s universities established within the last 50 years. Nevertheless, both rankings identify young universities tipped to be the rising stars of higher education. 
In February this year, the QS World University Rankings by specific subjects ranked NTU in the world's top 50 universities for 17 fields. NTU was ranked among the world's top 10 universities for three subjects. NTU's Communication & Media Studies was ranked 6th internationally, while Materials Science was at 8th position, and Electrical & Electronic Engineering was 10th.

The Times Higher's Under 50 ranking employs the same 13 performance indicators as its main World University Rankings, but gives less weight to subjective indicators of academic reputation. The indicators are grouped into five categories:  research (30 per cent), citations (30 per cent), teaching (30 per cent), international outlook (7.5 per cent) and industry income and innovation (2.5 per cent).

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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.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden 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.

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