News Details | 31-May-2012

NTU – the rising young star

Two global rankings this week show NTU is among a new generation of elite young universities

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has established itself among an elite group of the world’s top young universities, as it strengthens its reputation as a major force in higher education and research.

On Tuesday, NTU was ranked 4th in the world among universities aged 50 and below by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).  In a separate ranking by Times Higher Education released today, NTU was placed 16th in the global Top 100 Under 50.

NTU’s global prestige as a young, fast-growing institution is swiftly ascending, with its strengths in engineering, science, business, the humanities, arts and social sciences, and – from next year – medicine.

NTU received No. 16 billing among the top 100 of the world's major young universities – those below 50 years old – in the ranking by Times Higher Education. In this latest ranking, NTU beat western universities like the University of Essex, one of the top 10 universities in the United Kingdom. This marks the first time that Times Higher Education has done such a survey.

The ranking of young universities by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) – the QS Top 50 Under 50 – published on Tuesday this week, ranked NTU fourth among the world's best 50 universities below the age of 50, ahead of the University of California, Irvine, USA and KAIST of Korea.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “It is clear that NTU is a rising young star in higher education. An ambitious university and fast growing, we have strengthened our reputation as a major force in education and research. While the methodologies are different, these two new rankings from QS and Times Higher both demonstrate NTU’s rapid growth as a university that is well recognised internationally.  With NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine that is enrolling its first students from next year, it will enable NTU to further increase recognition in related areas, such as in biomedicine and life sciences in the years ahead.  NTU is also one of the youngest among the young universities, which means that we have the potential to grow our standing further.”

“Moving forward, NTU is strongly committed to global interdisciplinary research collaboration and the discovery of new knowledge that will benefit Singapore and the world.  As NTU continues to make important advances in teaching and research, our contributions will not only help to solve the world’s most pressing problems, but also enhance Singapore's reputation as a global education hub,” Professor Andersson added.

The Times Higher Education Top 100 Under 50 Ranking draws on the same data used to compile the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but only ranks those founded in 1962 or later. 

The QS Top 50 Under 50 uses a different methodology that surveys the views of academics and employers around the world. The rankings are based on four key pillars: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.

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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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