News Details | 11-Sep-2012

Up and up again: NTU breaks into the list of world’s top 50 universities

Two quantum leaps in two years place NTU at 47th place this year

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been ranked among the world's top 50 universities, hitting the No 47 spot this year.
This was done in a spectacular fashion. NTU jumped 11 places this year and 16 last year to become the fastest-rising university in the top 50.

This up-and-up trajectory showed in the latest ranking of world universities by Quacquarelli Symonds, an information provider for higher education, with NTU scoring well in most indicators, particularly in academic and employer reputations and faculty diversity.
NTU President, Prof Bertil Andersson said, "As a young university, being in the top world’s 50 is a remarkable milestone and reaffirms our global standing in education and research. Singapore should be very proud to have two universities ranked in the world's Top 50. We are up there with the best in the world, because Singapore believes and invests in quality education and research.

“Credit goes to NTU's Board of Trustees, management, faculty, staff and students for their valuable dedication and hard work. NTU’s strong performance is even more significant given the intense competition from both established and young universities in these global stakes.”

Prof Andersson attributes NTU’s two simultaneous star jumps to two factors.

“We have successfully attracted and delivered good students and good research. NTU has always been the preferred choice of top polytechnic students. This year, NTU also significantly increased our share of top ‘A’-level students by 43 percent over the last academic year.

“NTU has also grown an international reputation among employers for producing high calibre, industry-ready graduates who perform well in their jobs. Stories abound about NTU fresh graduates who land plum overseas jobs. And their employers come back the next year and hire more of our graduates, which can only mean they like what they have seen.”
Prof Andersson expects that in the coming years, the university will go further with the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine enrolling its first batch next year and more top students and top-notch faculty choosing NTU.

 "As NTU gears up to meet the grand challenges facing humanity like sustainability, new media and future healthcare, international recognition such as this can lead to broader engagement with global partners and bring about even more varied learning and research opportunities for our students and faculty," he added.

In this latest ranking, NTU was placed 5th (up one place) in the world for faculty diversity. The university prides itself on being a cosmopolitan campus with faculty from about 70 countries and has a strong network of international academic and industry partners.

With its extensive international network and collaborations with top academic and industry partners, NTU also scored particularly well in academic reputation (up five places to No. 59) and employer reputation (up four places to No. 47).

Prof Andersson said, “Of course there are different ways to measure a university’s progress. Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) offers one way of comparing universities using a common set of parameters. Given the diverse nature of universities worldwide, even coming up with a workable system is not easy but QS has established a stable system through the years that is often referred to globally.”
The QS rankings, which evaluated over 700 institutions, assessed factors including academic and employer reputations, citations, international faculty and student mix.

For fuller details on the QS World University Rankings, visit:      

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About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four 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.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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