News Details | 11-Jun-2013

Double jumps for NTU

-       Ranked No. 2 amongst world’s young universities, up two places
-       Ranked No. 10 in Asia, up 7 places


Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has shot up once again in university rankings. It is now ranked No. 2 amongst the world’s young universities aged 50 years and below and has jumped seven places to break into Asia’s Top 10 universities.
Both rankings were released today by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), the information provider for higher education that also publishes the annual QS World University Rankings.
On the university’s good performance, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said, “NTU has, in a very short time, reached the top as seen in our No. 2 position among the world’s young universities. NTU has become a talent magnet, attracting more top students and some of the world's best professors. For example, we saw an increase of 60 per cent of top A Level students enrolling this year over 2011. NTU is proving to be a great place to learn, teach and do research.”
He added that Singapore should be very proud that there are two universities here within Asia’s Top 10.
“That NTU, a young and fast-growing university, ranks among the very best in the region and the world is a testament that we are building a truly world-class institution here.”
Professor Andersson said that the university will continue to strive to be at the forefront of knowledge, particularly in the key interdisciplinary areas of sustainability, healthcare and new media.
“With the top-notch faculty at NTU’s new medical school jointly set up with Imperial College London, we will be building our strengths in medicine. We are also moving into emerging research frontiers such as food science and technology and photonics. Ensuring food availability, nutrition and security is critical to the world’s future so one of the new areas we have identified is food and food security. Photonics technologies will be fundamental for global economic growth in the 21st century, enabling a revolution in the world's high-speed fibre-optic communications. We have been growing our expertise in photonics, which will have an impact on future scientific and medical innovations,” said Professor Andersson. 
“Besides these, NTU is also venturing into new areas of manufacturing, including additive manufacturing – what’s commonly known as 3-D printing.  Additive manufacturing harnesses revolutionary new technologies, enabling designers and manufacturing engineers to extend their capabilities, offer personalised manufacturing and produce new complex designs that would have been very difficult or too expensive to manufacture previously,” he added.
In its comments on the top five universities in the Top 50 under 50, QS said it is a forecast of a future realignment of the global balance of power from West to East.
“The QS Top 50 under 50 provides a firm recognition of young universities like NTU. This is a remarkable achievement that reaffirms our global standing in education and research, where we are up there with the best in the world, because of our belief and investment in quality education and research,” said Professor Andersson.

The Top 50 under 50 and the Asian rankings are principally based on the QS World University Rankings 2012/2013. The Asian rankings are however augmented with data on international exchanges and citations per paper, plus an additional bibliometric measure of research papers per faculty. This is intended to reach deeper into the continent’s higher education systems and reflect different priorities.

In the Asian University Rankings, NTU continued to rank well, to be placed sixth in Asia amongst employers and 13th among academics.
In research, the university also made big strides, leaping 18 places to rank among Asia’s top 50 universities for research citations per paper, a reflection of the high quality of the research by its professors and researchers. It also catapulted 42 places to become Asia’s No. 53 for faculty student ratio.
The results of QS’ latest rankings mark another milestone in NTU’s rapid rise among the world's top universities.  Last month, NTU was ranked 11th in the Asia University Rankings by Times Higher Education.  In the QS World Rankings by Subject also released last month, NTU likewise achieved strong results, rising in the rankings for 13 subjects. NTU’s Civil Engineering programme climbed five spots to eighth internationally, while its Mechanical Engineering ranked 11th.  NTU’s Electrical Engineering and Material Sciences programmes leapt 17 spots each to 14th position for both subjects.
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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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