News Details | 10-Sep-2013

NTU jumps in world university rankings for third straight year

The fastest-rising Asian university in the Top 50, NTU climbs to 41st place this year

For the third consecutive year, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has made big strides in world university rankings. It is now placed No. 41 in the world and is the fastest-rising Asian university in the Top 50. In the rankings of the world’s top 400 universities released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) today, NTU climbed 6 spots from 47th place last year, improving its scores in faculty citations, reputation among international employers, and student faculty ratio. 

In total, NTU has moved up 33 notches in the QS world rankings over the last three years, reaffirming its standing as the fastest rising Asian university in the world’s Top 50.  NTU is one of only two young global universities in the Top 50. NTU broke into the world’s Top 50 when it rose by 11 places to No. 47 last year.  In 2011, it climbed 16 positions from 74th to 58th place.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “This is fantastic for NTU and Singapore. It is remarkable that Singapore, a small city-state has two universities among the world’s Top 41.

As seen from the latest league table, most of the universities in the Top 50 are established names. NTU stands out as the ‘new kid on the block’ when compared to the likes of Harvard, Cambridge and even NUS, which has more than 100 years of history.

“Now that we are in the Top 50, every step up will be that much harder compared to when we were in the Top 100. Still, we have managed to leap by six places which is a feat, overtaking top American universities such as Brown and NYU, and just one place behind UCLA. It is clear that academics and employers around the world increasingly recognise the quality of NTU’s education and research.

Mr Ben Sowter, Head of QS Intelligence Unit, reaffirmed NTU’s meteoric progress. He said, “NTU is amongst the most dynamic of world universities and going from strength to strength. NTU is among one of only two young universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50 to also appear in the world’s top 50.  It has achieved all this in less than 25 years. NTU is truly a university for the future and their inexorable rise in the QS World University Rankings reflects this.” 

Prof Andersson added, “With our top-notch faculty and unique programmes that allow students to design their studies based on their strengths and interests, we have already seen a phenomenal 60 per cent increase in the number of top A-level students coming to NTU, compared to 2011. This ranking is a boost for us and will help us attract even more top students next year.”

NTU’s Engineering & Technology made a big leap forward, rising 14 positions to be ranked 14th in the world. In Natural Sciences, NTU jumped 43 places to No. 55.  In the field of Social Sciences, NTU improved by 20 positions to rank 36th.

The QS rankings of top universities use a variety of performance indicators including academic and employer reviews, citations per faculty, and the proportion of international faculty. NTU’s standing with international employers improved the most, by 5 positions to No. 42.

The QS World University Rankings are not the only ones that NTU is scaling. Earlier in June, NTU had climbed seven places to break into Asia’s Top 10 universities in QS’ league of Asian universities, and was ranked No. 2 among the world’s young universities below age 50. In the world university rankings by Times Higher Education, NTU jumped 83 places last year to be ranked 86th.

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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 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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