News Details | 20-Jun-2013

NTU climbs to No. 8 in Times Higher's ranking of world’s top young universities

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has scaled another 8 places to be ranked 8th amongst the world’s top young universities in the Times Higher Education's Top 100 Under 50 released today. Now into its second year, the Times Higher rankings list the next generation of leading universities to watch out for globally. Last week in a similar ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), NTU was ranked second in the world. Both rankings measure universities established after 1963, i.e. below 50 years old, using different ranking methodologies.
Welcoming the university's rise in the young league table, NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, "NTU’s climb in the Times Higher's Under 50 league table reaffirms our place among the vanguard of young, dynamic universities that are redefining the future of higher education.  This advancement in rankings is a reflection of NTU’s commitment to delivering excellence in teaching, research and innovation.  It is a strong endorsement of our growing reputation on the world stage, despite very challenging competition among universities internationally.”

The list uses the same 13 performance indicators in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings, but with a reduced weighting for subjective indicators of academic reputation. The indicators are grouped together into five categories:  research (30 per cent), citations (30 per cent), teaching (30 per cent), international outlook (7.5 per cent) and industry income and innovation (2.5 per cent).

The rankings are the latest feather in the cap for the University, which will enrol its first medical students at the new Lee Kong Chian medical school, a collaboration with Imperial College London, in August.  NTU is the only Singapore university listed in the young universities’ ranking.

Last week, QS also ranked NTU within Asia’s top 10.

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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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