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​NTU Singapore counts fifth year as world’s top young university

Published on: 21-Jun-2018

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For the fifth year in a row, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has been named the world’s best young university. 

NTU is ranked No. 1 in this year’s Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Under 50 league for universities that are 50 years old or younger. It continues to lead a new generation of young Asia-Pacific universities that occupy seven of the top 10 spots this year.

This latest achievement further consolidates NTU’s reputation as a leading global university. In a relatively short span of a few years, NTU has risen rapidly in the scale, scope, depth and impact of its activities in education and research, placing 12th among the world’s top universities in this year’s QS World University rankings. 

Last year, NTU also attained the highest ranking ever by any Asian university in the history of the QS World University ranking. This phenomenal rise has been widely reflected in its rapidly expanding international stature, global industry engagement, and ability to attract top talent among students, faculty and staff.    

In the latest QS World University Rankings which the QS Top 50 Under 50 is based on, NTU’s institutional research impact, measured by the citations per faculty metric, remains the highest among Singapore universities – jumping 11 places to rank 46th in the world this year.

NTU also performed strongly in the academic reputation indicator this year, rising 12 positions to be placed 38th globally.

NTU President Professor Subra Suresh said, “It is a tremendous achievement for NTU Singapore to be crowned the world’s best young university for the fifth consecutive year in the QS Top 50 Under 50 Ranking. In the world university league table, NTU also stands among the world’s very best in the top 12 despite being the youngest in that cohort. We owe our rise to the talent and commitment of our faculty and staff, as well as our academic and administrative leadership team.
“It’s such an exciting time to be at NTU Singapore. Our vision of the NTU Smart Campus is distinctive among universities in the world as we thrive in the strengths of our unique programmes and collaborations with leading academic and industry partners. We continue to strengthen the foundations of the university – investing in excellent people who will push new research frontiers, provide them with world-class and sustainable facilities, and educate and inspire the next generations with our innovative teaching methods.”

QS Research Director Ben Sowter said, “This year’s rankings again see NTU Singapore exemplify Singapore’s emergence as a globally-competitive research nation, with its position at the top of our Top 50 Under 50 table based on its world-class research performance. It is now among the world’s top 50 universities according to our measure of research impact, which is a testament to the capacity for innovation and collaboration at NTU. 

“As it continues to reiterate its highly successful transformation from a primarily engineering-focused university to a more diverse, international institution, it will be difficult for the ambitious young universities below it to displace it at the top of the rankings.”

Higher education in Asia gaining ground

Asian universities have developed into increasingly strong competitors to their peers in the West, consistently ranking among the world’s best young universities. 

This year, there are 17 Asian institutions in the Under 50 Ranking, reflecting the region’s growing stature as a global higher education hub. Behind NTU in the Top 10 are mostly universities from Hong Kong and South Korea.

Prof Suresh said, “In the globally competitive higher education landscape, NTU Singapore leads a new generation of young, nimble and progressive universities that are taking their places among the world’s best. 
“In particular, Asian universities have developed strong reputations in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, and it is a result of significant investments to grow the quality of research and education. 
“Asia’s higher education landscape will only continue to grow in prominence.  The impact of this growth will have an increasing impact on the global stage as Asia plays an important role in shaping the course of the 21st century. NTU Singapore is exceptionally well-positioned to contribute to the region’s development and growth.”

It showcases young universities established within the last 50 years with the potential to become higher education and research powerhouses of the future.

For more information on the QS rankings, visit:

QS Top 50 Under 50 Ranking 2018: Top 10

Rank ​Institution name​Location Estab. Year​
​​1​Nanyang Technological University, Singapore​​​​Singapore​1991
​2​The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology​Hong Kong​1991
​3​Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology​South Korea​1971
​4​PSL University​France​2010
​5​City University of Hong Kong​​Hong Kong1984​
​6​Pohang University of Science and Technology 
South Korea​
​7​The Hong Kong Polytechnic University​Hong Kong1994
​9​Aalto University Finland​​2010
​10​University of Technology Sydney​Australia1988​


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Foo Jie Ying
Senior Assistant Manager, Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University

About Nanyang Technological University, 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 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 five 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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