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NTU breaks into Asia’s Top Three

Published on: 14-Jun-2016

The world’s best young university also ranks No. 1 in citations per paper in latest QS Asian University Rankings

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), ranked No. 13 globally, and the world’s best young university by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the last two years, is now in Asia’s top three in the latest QS Asian University Rankings released today.

NTU scored 98.4 points this year, just 0.1 point behind second-placed University of Hong Kong.

Continuing its strong performance in the various global research league tables, NTU was also ranked No. 1 in Asia for citations per paper. Earlier this year, Nature Index ranked NTU’s research 32nd among universities globally, and No. 1 in Singapore. In the last two years, the Thomson Reuters Incites Report showed that NTU leads the other top Asian universities in normalised citation impact.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said: “The rise of Asia has also seen a growing interest in Asian universities such as those in Singapore, South Korea, Hong Kong and China.

“Despite strong competition from the older and more established universities, NTU stands out as No. 1 in Asia for citations per paper.

“This good result is consistent with the research data from others such as Thomson Reuters and is further proof that NTU's investments in research have paid off. We are proud that NTU has attracted not just established scientists who are global leaders in their field but also the most promising young investigators in the world. They will continue to drive NTU's success.”

Professor Andersson added that NTU owes its continued good performance to the hard work and dedication of the faculty, students and the university community, and their unrelenting quest for academic and research excellence.

Besides its strong results in research, NTU also had high scores in QS’ academic and employer reputation surveys. This shows that the university has a strong international reputation for high-quality academic and research programmes.

Early this year, NTU charted its best performance with 19 subject fields in the world’s top 50, in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

NTU, a leading global research powerhouse

The QS Asian rankings results come at an exciting time for the university which has in recent years been increasingly known for its global research breakthroughs and has been attracting top students in Singapore with its innovative programmes.

"NTU students benefit from a challenging and rewarding learning environment, mentored by world-renowned professors who are spearheading research in exciting fields," said Professor Andersson.

For example, in Thomson Reuters’ list of the 19 World’s Hottest Researchers this year, there were only two from Asia and both were from NTU. They are Prof Zhang Hua, one of the most highly-cited materials scientists and chemists in the world, and Prof David Lou, another highly-cited scientist in the areas of supercapacitors and next-generation batteries.

Innovation in education
NTU has already implemented the flipped classroom pedagogy and has ambitious plans to redesign half of its courses using this new model of learning by 2020. To support this, last year NTU opened The Hive, the centrepiece of its flipped classroom learning, with smart classrooms designed for collaborative learning. A second building also designed for flipped classroom learning will be ready next year.

To ensure that its graduates remain competitive in a rapidly changing global economy, NTU has enhanced its curriculum in recent years by offering students more choices and innovative programmes. For example, the Renaissance Engineering Programme combines engineering with business and liberal arts, and includes a year-long stint with top overseas universities such as Imperial College London, University of California, Berkeley and Northwestern University.

In the new academic year in August, NTU will offer 103 undergraduate degree programmes, including nine new degree courses in business, engineering and science, and seven in the humanities, arts and social sciences. Many of the new programmes are highly interdisciplinary to train students to address today's complex global challenges by working across disciplines.

“These new courses will open up a new spectrum of opportunities for our students to pursue careers in high growth and emerging sectors – from pharmaceutical engineering and food science technology, to big data analytics,” said Professor Andersson.

Last year, fresh NTU graduates in Business and Computing saw the biggest jump in starting salaries of 33 per cent among their peers in Singapore universities, with starting salaries of S$4,583, comparable to fresh law and medicine graduates at other universities.

The QS Asia University Rankings employs 10 key performance indicators to compare Asia’s top universities. These include academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per paper, papers per faculty, proportion of international faculty and students, and the proportion of inbound and outbound exchange students.

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Media contact:

Feisal Abdul Rahman
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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 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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