The National University of Singapore (NUS) has been named Asia’s top institution for the first time in the QS University Rankings: Asia 2014 published at www.topuniversities.com. The university notes that NUS has made rapid progress upwards since the rankings began in 2009, and has gone from 10th placing to second last year.
The University has topped the list for employer reputation and is second in Asia for academic reputation. NUS has also been rated as Asia’s top three universities across all disciplines measured. The University retains its placing as the region’s best in Social Sciences & Management, as well as second in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, and Life Sciences & Medicine. It has also come in third for Natural Sciences, up one spot from last year.
Said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan: “This is a strong affirmation of our distinctive education and excellent research, and a testament to the high quality work by our talented team of faculty, staff and students. As a global university in Asia, we will continue to forge close collaborations with institutions around the world, and spearhead education innovations that will contribute to Singapore, Asia and beyond.”
“In a global context, the higher education world is increasingly looking East for inspiration. In global rankings the last decade has seen institutions in Singapore, Hong Kong, (mainland) China and South Korea in particular command an increasing presence and respect amongst the world’s elite. As English-speaking and major international transit hubs, Singapore and Hong Kong enjoy some natural competitive advantages and have long dominated the top few places in this table,” noted Ben Sowter, QS Head of Research.
He added: “However, NUS taking the top spot this year has also been the product of its undeniable evolution to world-class with cutting edge education and research augmented by pragmatic and consistent leadership, strong institutional branding and exceptional financial management. NUS has not only taken the top spot this year but equipped itself with the tools it is likely to need to stay there.”
NUS’ success is mirrored by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which is 7th, its highest-ever position. QS notes that NUS and NTU are currently benefitting from a S$16.1 billion government scheme to improve their performance in science, technology and innovation.
Published annually, the rankings compare the top 300 universities in the region based on relevant criteria including academic reputation, employer reputation, student/faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation, student exchange inbound and student exchange outbound. Read more about the methodology here.