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​NTU jumps three spots to No. 2 in Times Higher Education’s young universities ranking

Published on: 07-Apr-2016

Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has leapt to the Number Two position in Times Higher Education’s latest ranking of the world’s best young universities. 
The only Singapore university listed in the Top 150 Under 50 ranking, NTU jumped three spots, overtaking three other Asian universities which were ahead of NTU last year.
They are Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (3rd), South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (5th), and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (6th). The Netherland’s Maastricht University is placed 4th. Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne retains the top spot.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “NTU has been making good progress and is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching, research and innovation.  This latest league table reflects the talent and dedication of our faculty, the quality of our students, the growing global impact of our research and the strong support of our alumni and industry partners.”

“It also shows that Asia is the place to be, with Asian universities in four out of the top six places. As they continue to ascend, competition within Asia will further intensify as the region's universities strive to become leading global education and research institutions,” he added. 
Phil Baty, Times Higher Education's rankings editor, said, “This new data confirms NTU’s status as one of the most exciting – and closely watched - universities in the world. It is the fastest rising university in Times Higher Education’s prestigious World University Rankings and this new list of the world’s best young universities confirms NTU’s status among the world elite. To have achieved so much in just 25 years of existence, while other universities have required centuries of development, is extraordinary. This success is due, of course, to strong political leadership at the government level, but it has also required strong leadership at the institutional level – Bertil Andersson should be widely praised for the tough decisions he has had to take, and for his overall strategic vision.”
NTU has jumped 114 places in 4 years and was named the World’s Fastest-Rising Young University by Times Higher Education last year. It has also been placed the world’s No. 1 Young University by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) for the last two years running.
Last year, NTU opened a new learning hub named The Hive which is the centrepiece of its new flipped classroom model of learning. Designed by renowned British designer Thomas Heatherwick, the building features 56 smart classrooms equipped with flexible clustered seating, multiple LCD screens and wireless communication tools to facilitate team-based learning. 
In this new model of learning, students access course content online before class, so that face time is better spent on group discussions and engagement with the professor.  
To support this new way of teaching and learning, NTU has also converted all tutorial rooms across its 200-hectare campus into new generation smart classrooms. The university has implemented the flipped classroom model and has ambitious plans to redesign 1,500 courses within the next five years using this pedagogy. 
The 150 Under 50 list uses the same 13 performance indicators found in the overall THE World University Rankings, but with a reduced weighting on academic reputation to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.  
The indicators are grouped together into five categories:  teaching (30 per cent), research (30 per cent), citations (30 per cent), international outlook (7.5 per cent) and industry income (2.5 per cent). 
For more information on Times Higher Education’s Top 150 Under 50 rankings, please visit:

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About Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore)

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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