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​NTU climbs up six spots in latest Times Higher Education world university rankings

Published on: 01-Oct-2015

​Named the World’s Fast-rising Young University by Times Higher Education earlier this year, NTU has made a spectacular jump of 114 places in just 4 years
1 October 2015 - Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) continues its march up international academic league tables, moving up 6 places to the 55th spot in the 2015 Times Higher Education World University Rankings published today.
With the latest jump, NTU has made a significant leap of 114 places in just four years.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “This is our second piece of good news in two weeks. After making a mega leap to 13th place in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings a fortnight ago, we have now jumped six positions in Times Higher Education’s global ranking table to No. 55.
“Although the two indices use different methodologies, they show one common trend – that NTU is on a rapid upward trajectory. Since 2012, NTU has climbed 34 places in the QS rankings and 31 places in THE. This shows that NTU’s rate of progress is similar in both league tables.”
Phil Baty, Editor, THE World University Rankings, said, “I congratulate NTU Singapore for continuing its extremely impressive march up the THE World University Rankings. The THE World University Rankings employ 13 rigorous performance indicators across the full range of a global research university’s activities, including teaching and research, so NTU’s consistent rise is particularly impressive. Singapore is one of the most exciting countries in global higher education at the moment, and NTU is at the heart of that.”
In March this year, Times Higher Education had already recognised NTU’s rapid growth when it named NTU the World’s Fastest-Rising Young University. Amongst young universities set up less than 50 years ago, NTU is ranked No. 1 by QS and No. 5 by THE.
“We will continue to work hard to be a leading global university that is academically and intellectually rigorous and vibrant, and one that serves the needs of Singapore and Singaporeans,” said Professor Andersson.
He added that rankings are useful for young universities like NTU as it allows them to be benchmarked with the best in the world and to visualise their progress.
“But rankings do not shape our strategies. We are focused on our fundamentals – to create a world-class environment for learning, teaching and research.  We will continue to attract the best professors and bright students and we have been very successful in drawing top talents to NTU.
“We will also continue to collaborate with top industry players and academic partners, as we had always done with BMW Group, Rolls Royce, Imperial College London and so on. And we will keep up with the impactful global research we have been doing. All these are so that we can nurture our students to reach their fullest potential to benefit Singapore and mankind.”
The latest Times Higher ranking comes hot on the heels of NTU’s stellar performance in the QS World University Rankings two weeks ago where it shot up to 13th position globally. NTU leapt 26 places for its best showing ever and is now among the top 2 universities in Asia.
Each ranking is useful as a general indicator of a university’s international standing, and NTU expects to continue to perform well in both tables.  
“NTU’s rate of progress in the last few years in both rankings has been similar and this shows that the university is on the right track,” said Professor Andersson.
THE uses 13 performance indicators in the five categories of teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook, while QS focuses on five criteria including academic and employer reputation and citations per faculty.
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About Nanyang Technological University
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,000 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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