News Details | 29-May-2012

NTU is ranked fourth in the world for young universities below 50 years old

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been ranked fourth among the world’s top universities below the age of 50. NTU is the only Singapore university to be ranked within the Top 50.  The new league table of the world’s young universities – the QS Top 50 under 50 – is by Quacquarelli Symonds, an information provider for higher education that is also behind the annual QS World University Rankings.

NTU joins a distinctive league of renowned universities that are less than 50 years old, such as the University of Warwick, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Chinese University of Hong Kong, which was named the top young university in the world. Notably, both NTU and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology were established in 1991.

Professor Bertil Andersson, President of NTU said, “This inaugural ranking of the QS Top 50 Under 50 provides a good assessment of fast-growing young universities like NTU. NTU’s good performance in this ranking is a testament of the world-class quality education and research environment at NTU.

“There are advantages to being a young university as we can be innovative in our curriculum and seize new opportunities that we sense on the horizon. For example, the new medical school at NTU – the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine which NTU has set up with Imperial College London – will pioneer innovative teaching methods in medical education. In research, we have moved into sunrise areas such as new media and sustainability.”

NTU's strong diversity within its faculty and student population and the university’s well-developed international connections have contributed to its strong showing. NTU was ranked first in Asia for its diverse international faculty and fifth for its international student diversity and outbound student exchange.

In the latest QS Asian University Rankings, NTU is placed 17th. NTU’s good showing in both the QS Top 50 under 50 and the QS Asian University Rankings, both released today, was also achieved on the back of its strong reputation among academics and employers.  NTU also improved in terms of its student faculty ratio and research citations per paper, where it moved up by more than 20 positions.

Further information about the QS rankings is available at:

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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) and Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N).

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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