NUS and NTU are top universities in Asia in QS world university rankings


NUS and NTU are top universities in Asia in QS world university rankings

Nisha Rahim

Published 1 Hour Ago

SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have emerged as the top universities in Asia based on global rankings by subjects.

Singapore has 23 university courses – 16 from NUS and seven from NTU – that made it to the global top 10 lists of the Britain-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject.

The rankings were released on Wednesday (April 6).

The QS lists are based on a survey of 1,543 universities of which 376 universities are in Asia, taking into account areas such as academic reputation, standing with employers, faculty-to-student ratios and citations per faculty.

Singapore ranked higher than Hong Kong, which has seven courses in the top 10 lists, China has four, and Japan, three.

According to the QS rankings, Singapore has the best higher education system in Asia, based on the Republic’s share of programmes in the top 10 global lists. In Asia, the Republic’s top spot is followed by Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Globally, Singapore has the fourth-best higher education system in the world, after the United States, Britain and Switzerland.

NUS and NTU stand out in engineering education and research.

The QS rankings placed NUS’ petroleum engineering programme in the top spot, a position it also attained last year out of 151 contenders. Five other engineering programmes in Singapore were among the global top 10, including chemical engineering, where NUS is ranked third, and NTU seventh.

Some degree courses made significant jumps in the rankings. NUS’ anthropology course shot up from 14th in 2021 to 10th place this year, while the linguistic programme at NUS jumped from 17th to 10th.

Singapore Management University (SMU) broke into the top 100 for the study of law compared with last year. Meanwhile, SMU also rose two places to rank 36th for business and management studies.


NUS and NTU named best universities in Asia; NTU moves up to 12th place globally behind NUS’ 11th

Ng Wei Kai


9 Jun 2021, 3:00 am SGT

SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been named Asia’s best universities in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) annual higher education ranking.

Globally, NUS has come in 11th, keeping its spot from last year, while NTU has moved up a notch to 12th place in a league table comparing 1,300 universities.

NUS has held the No. 1 position among Asian universities for the past four years in the Britain-based firm’s rankings.

QS is a higher education analysis company, and this is the 18th edition of its annual ranking exercise.

QS evaluated the institutions on six indicators: academic reputation, reputation among employers, citations per faculty member, faculty to student ratio, ratio of international faculty members and ratio of international students.

The global top 10 continued to be dominated by American and British institutions.

Earlier this year in March, NUS and NTU topped QS’ global rankings in specific subject areas.

NTU overtook MIT to become the world’s leading institution for the study of materials science.

QS has also placed the NUS petroleum engineering programme at No. 1.


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