News Details | 31-Oct-2018

​​NTU breaks into the top 50 in US News and World Report Global Universities Rankings

NTU ranks in the global top 5 in the four key areas shaping the 4th Industrial Revolution

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) continues to rise in the global league tables, moving up 6 spots to 49th place and taking the top 5 spots in four subjects in the latest US News & World Report Global Universities Rankings. 

The four subjects are Materials Science (No. 1), Chemistry (No. 2), Computer Science (No. 2) and Engineering (No. 5). For the second consecutive year, NTU tops the global table for Materials Science, and is placed second in Chemistry. NTU’s Computer Science climbs one spot to No. 2, while Engineering is ranked No. 5 internationally. 

Among Asian universities, NTU is placed No. 1 for Materials Science and Chemistry, No. 2 for Computer Science, and third for Engineering.

These are among the key areas shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Earlier this year, NTU announced its vision to be a Smart Campus that harnesses the power of digital technology and tech-enabled solutions to support better learning and living experiences, the discovery of new knowledge, and the sustainability of resources.

NTU has vaulted 76 places from the 125th spot since the US News & World Report global rankings began five years ago. Its overall rank improvement was contributed by its strong global research reputation and percentage of total publications with international collaboration that jumped 14 places and 20 places respectively.  

NTU President, Professor Subra Suresh, said, "My colleagues and I are committed to the goal of elevating NTU as a great global university. However, our pursuit of excellence is not just measured by rankings as they don’t always fully convey our strong push for excellence in research, education and innovation not reflected in quantitative metrics.

“The latest ranking by the US News & World Report places NTU near the very top among the world’s best universities in the key areas shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This augurs well for the NTU Smart Campus which is a living testbed for advanced technologies and innovation that will benefit Singapore and the world.”

An eminent American scientist, engineer and entrepreneur, Professor Subra Suresh took the helm at NTU in January this year as its fourth President, where he is also the inaugural Distinguished University Professor. 

Published annually, the US News & World Report rankings are based on 13 indicators that measure their academic research performance and their global and regional reputations. Now into its fifth year, the rankings evaluated 1,250 schools across 75 countries to provide a comprehensive assessment of research universities around the world.

NTU has been consistently climbing up the global league tables in the last few years. NTU is ranked the world's No. 12 this year by QS, as well as No.1 young university for the fifth consecutive year. Times Higher Education ranked NTU 51st in the world and No. 3 in the young university league earlier this year. 

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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 also has a 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 for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).
Ranked 12th in the world, NTU has been placed the world’s top young university for the past four years. The University’s main campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world and it has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum. Apart from its main campus, NTU also has a campus in Singapore’s healthcare district.
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