NTU rated 5-Star University
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is the first university in Singapore to be rated 5-stars under a new QS Stars rating system. The new system is a comprehensive evaluation by Quacquarelli Symonds, an information provider for higher education that is behind the annual QS World University Rankings.
NTU joins an international league of similarly acclaimed universities such as Cambridge, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that have also been awarded a 5-star rating.
The QS Stars rating system examines institutional performance against a far greater range of criteria than are included in any university ranking.
Universities receive an overall star rating out of five, but also receive individual ratings in 30 different areas covering research, employability, teaching, infrastructure, internationalisation, innovation, engagement, as well as their ranking within a specialist subject. NTU’s strong performance across all areas of the QS Stars evaluation has helped it to achieve its overall 5-Star status. This provides potential students with a comprehensive overview of NTU’s strengths, enabling a more useful analysis with other world-class institutions.
NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson was presented with the QS Stars 5-Star certification by Ms Mandy Mok, Managing Director for QS Asia, at NTU’s University Awards Dinner on Monday evening.
“NTU is a relatively young university, which has been developing rapidly in the last few years. The current ranking from QS is an affirmation that NTU today has a high international standing,” says Prof Andersson. “The new QS Star rating system further recognizes NTU's strengths as a world-class university across a broader set of criteria than can be measured in any ranking system and provides valuable information for our many stakeholders: current students, prospective students, parents, teachers, employers, fellow academics as well as our local community.”
Ms Mandy Mok, Managing Director of QS Asia, said, “QS has rated NTU as a 5-Star university purely on merit. NTU has performed exceptionally well in all eight key areas. The facts speak for themselves. NTU earned full marks for graduate employability, internationalisation, innovation and knowledge transfer, and community engagement (third mission). It also achieved full marks in many of the criteria in the other four key areas – prolific academic experts, academic peer review, student/faculty ratio, overall student satisfaction, library facilities, IT infrastructure, student societies and medical facilities. Overall, NTU was given 948 points out of a maximum of 1,000 points.”
Also witnessing the QS Stars 5-Star certification presentation was Mr Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of NTU’s Board of Trustees, who was the guest-of-honour at the annual event which celebrates the achievements of NTU’s honorary degree and award recipients.
NTU has been consistently ranked within the top 100 universities of the world in the last seven years. In the QS World University Ranking 2010, NTU was ranked 74th and came in 36th for the Technology subject ranking.
In the inaugural 2011 QS World University Rankings by Engineering subjects, namely, Civil & Structural, Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing, Electrical & Electronic, Chemical, and Computer Science & Information Systems, NTU has achieved rankings ranging from 18th to 51st in the world and from 3rd to 9th in Asia.
In the QS Asian University Ranking 2011, NTU maintained its position within the top 20 with its 17th position, up by one position from the previous year. It was also within the top 10 for Engineering & IT subject rankings, with its Social Sciences at 13th position and Arts & Humanities at 16th position.
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