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​NTU jumps to No. 2 in latest Asian university ranking by Times Higher Education, up 8 places from last year

Published on: 20-Jun-2016

Taking the lead for research impact, NTU is ranked No. 1 in citations per paper

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has vaulted up 8 spots to become Asia’s No. 2 in the latest Times Higher Education’s Asia University Ranking released today. 

NTU overtook its regional competitors from Japan, China and South Korea to clinch the joint second spot with Peking University.

NTU improved its scores in four key parameters -- Teaching, Research, Citations per Paper and International Outlook, which led to an overall score of 72.9 points, up 10.7 points from 2015.

A research-intensive university, NTU’s biggest success factor is in its research impact where it was ranked No. 1 in Asia for citations per paper. This parameter is an objective study of the impact of a university’s research as it measures how much its research is cited by other scholars globally. 

In last week’s Quacquarelli Symonds’ Asian University Rankings which uses a different methodology from Times Higher, NTU was ranked 3rd in Asia.

On the two Asian rankings, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “Both rankings show that NTU has moved swiftly in recent years to innovate in teaching and produce research that has far-reaching global impact. This is clearly seen in NTU’s pole position for research citations, an objective and important measure of a scientist’s work.

“This latest ranking by Times Higher Education also shows that Singapore is now the top city in Asia for higher education. Despite being the youngest university among the Top 10 in this league table, NTU is now ranked second in Asia. We hope NTU’s success will inspire all young universities in the world that a strong commitment to rapid transformation is possible and achievable as long as you work hard at it.”

Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ editor Phil Baty said: “There is no doubt that NTU is one of the most exciting – and closely watched – universities in the world.”

In order to measure excellence among Asian universities, the Times Higher ranking uses 13 key performance indicators to reflect a university's strengths in five areas – Teaching, Research, Citation, Industry Income and International Outlook.

“NTU has performed well across all of our 13 rigorous performance indicators, showing strength across teaching, research and international outlook, but it is perhaps worth highlighting NTU’s outstanding work with industry. NTU’s cutting-edge research continues to ensure that it attracts the leading industrial research partners,” added Mr Baty.

Besides the quality of its research, NTU is known for its ability to apply its research and translate them into innovations that benefit industry and mankind. NTU achieved a near-perfect score in industry income and scored highly in international outlook.  

The University has a strong track record of big-name industry collaborations which include joint labs on its campus with international industry leaders such as Rolls Royce, BMW, Hyundai, Johnson Matthey and Lockheed Martin, and the largest Singapore corporations such as ST Engineering, SMRT and Keppel. 

Mr Baty said, "NTU – already the fastest-rising university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings – goes from strength to strength. Its move up to second place in the 2016 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings is a remarkable achievement and is testament to the university’s dynamism, its driven leadership and its willingness to continuously innovate.”

Last year, Times Higher Education named NTU the World's Fast-rising Young University, having made a spectacular jump of 114 places in just 4 years. In the QS ranking of the world’s top 100 universities, NTU jumped 26 places to 13th place, ahead of Ivy League universities and European heavyweights such as Yale, John Hopkins, Cornell and King's College London. 

The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings are available online at:

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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 joint medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up 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). 

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two 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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