News Details | 05-Sep-2011

NTU jumps up 16 places in the QS World University Rankings 2011

NTU’s quantum leap to 58th place globally reflects its meteoric progress, making it the fastest-rising Asian university

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has jumped up 16 places in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) list of the world's best universities.  NTU is now ranked 58th in the world – a quantum leap from 74th place last year. This makes NTU one of the fastest-rising universities in the top 100 of this year’s QS World University Rankings as well as the fastest-rising Asian university. 

The World University Rankings by QS, an information provider for higher education, is the most important and closely watched global university ranking system that looks at both education and research at universities. The QS index takes into account six key indicators: academic reputation (40%); employer reputation (10%); student/faculty ratio (20%); citations per faculty (20%); international faculty (5%) and international students (5%).

NTU’s ranking improved in most categories from last year, making big jumps in key areas such as employer reputation (up 31 places), academic reputation (up 12 places), and student faculty ratio (up 12 places). For subject areas, the three biggest jumps were in arts & humanities (up 27 places), natural sciences (up 17 places), and engineering & technology (up 10 places).

NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “While rankings do move up and down, jumping 16 places is fantastic as in the most established global ranking system, positions do not fluctuate greatly year on year. NTU professors have enhanced their reputation among their peers in Singapore and internationally and NTU’s reputation among employers has also grown significantly.

“Singapore should be proud to have two universities among the Top 60 in the world for a small nation of just 5 million people. By international university ranking standards, there is only a small difference between the two Singapore universities.” 

In July this year, NTU became the first university in Asia to be rated 5-stars under the new QS Stars rating system. The new system is a comprehensive evaluation by QS across 30 different areas – a broader range of criteria than traditional rankings. NTU scored the maximum of 5-stars each for eight key areas: research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement and specialist strength.

NTU’s stellar performance across all areas of the QS Stars evaluation has helped it to achieve its overall 5-Star status, placing it on par with similarly acclaimed international universities such as Cambridge, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that had also been awarded a 5-star rating. This rating system offers potential students and key stakeholders a comprehensive overview of NTU’s strengths, enabling a more useful analysis with other world-class institutions.

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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.

NTU has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and is setting up a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district. 

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