News Details | 03-Oct-2013

NTU ranked No.1 globally for industry income and innovation and 76th in Times Higher university rankings

Up 10 places, this is NTU’s 3rd straight year of sharp rise up the world university rankings

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) continues its upward march in the global rankings of the top universities.  In the latest Times Higher Education's World University Rankings released today in Singapore, NTU climbed 10 places to be ranked 76th worldwide.  This is the third straight year of sharp ascent for NTU in the Times Higher ranking, having vaulted a phenomenal 98 positions since 2010.

For the first time, NTU is ranked No 1 in the world for industry income and innovation, a big jump from last year’s 15th place. This indicator measures a university's knowledge-transfer activity based on the research income it attracts from industry, scaled against the number of academic staff and is one of the 13 key performance indicators used by Times Higher. NTU also improved its scores in citations per paper and international outlook.

Commenting on the University's performance, NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “NTU is clearly on a continuous upward momentum in the global rankings and this latest ranking is another recognition of the University’s capabilities to deliver excellence in teaching, research and innovation.” 

“NTU has been rapidly ramping up our collaborations with the world’s leading multinationals and key industry players in the last few years, and this pace is expected to continue.”

Mr Phil Baty, Editor, Times Higher Education Rankings said, “Times Higher Education's World University Rankings use a trusted range of 13 rigorous performance indicators and are the only global rankings to judge world-class research institutions against all of their core activities – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. So, Nanyang Technological University’s continued rise up the rankings is particularly impressive, demonstrating strength right across the board on a wide range of metrics.”

In the World Academic Summit Innovation Index announced by Times Higher in August 2013, Singapore was placed second globally for the amount of industry funding academics bring in to carry out work in innovation and research. NTU clearly attracts the lion’s share of the industry research income in Singapore, scoring full marks in this indicator measure.

“This year, we advanced our partnership with long time partner Rolls Royce through the new $75 million Rolls Royce Corporate Lab @ NTU. The Lab will pave the way for NTU and Singapore to be entrenched in aerospace technology development globally. NTU has established a joint research lab with global security and aerospace giant Lockheed Martin to work on collaborative research projects in nanotechnology.”

“We also have a joint mobility lab with BMW – one of the eight joint labs they have in the world, and the only one in Asia. All these collaborations will help to build up expertise that is in high demand and which will contribute to Singapore’s economic growth,” added Prof Andersson.

On NTU’s jump of 10 places in this year’s rankings, Prof Andersson said: “Both Times Higher and QS use different measurement parameters. For Times Higher, I expect that we will be within the Top 50 in a few years’ time. For QS, we are already ranked 41st and I foresee we will break into the 30s soon.”

He added that no evaluation system can adequately capture all the aspects of a university.

“But NTU’s significant jumps in three straight years in both the Times Higher and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings clearly show that our investments in our faculty, academic and research programmes, students, and our strong network of partners have borne results. This is a remarkable achievement considering that international competition is becoming more intense, especially within the East Asia region,” Prof Andersson added.

In a similar ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) last month, NTU was ranked No. 41 internationally, moving up 33 positions in the QS world rankings over the last three years. 

Both rankings measure universities using different methodologies.  Unlike the QS ranking that uses five criteria, including reviews from academics and employers, the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings employs 13 indicators 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).

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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, 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 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 a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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