NUS Ranked Asia's Top University For 5th Year

The National University of Singapore (NUS) continues to be the top ranking university in Asia and 11th in the world, in an annual global ranking of universities.
NUS Ranked Asia's Top University For 5th Year
By Carli Allan
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) (pictured above) remains the top-ranked university in Asia, and the 11th worldwide in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has dropped two places in to the 13th position worldwide and now ranks second in Asia.

Singapore Management University (SMU) was the only other Singapore university to feature in the rankings; it fell from last year’s ranking of 477th to the 511-520 band.

The 2021 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings ranks the world's top 1,000 universities. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked the world's best university for a record-breaking ninth consecutive year. The top 10 is dominated by universities in the US and UK, and after MIT, the top five included (in order) Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, and University of Oxford.

There are 26 Asian universities place among the global top-100, which is the highest number ever. China's Tsinghua University reaches a new all-time high (15th), and five of Hong Kong’s universities were ranked in the top 100. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) was rated as the city’s best after being given 22nd place. The University of Science and Technology (HKUST) remained in 27th place, and Chinese University (CUHK) was up from 46th to 43rd place. City University rose to 48th from 52nd, and Polytechnic University was ranked 75th, up 15 places from last year.

QS surveyed more than 90,000 academics and 40,000 employers to rank the world’s top universities from 82 countries. Universities were measured on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-to-student ratio, and the proportions of international faculty and international students. The rankings are announced at a time when higher education has seen campus closures and teaching and exams moving online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

NUS and NTU scored full marks for international faculty ratio, which measures the proportion of non-local faculty at an institution. However, they both received lower scores for international student ratio; this looks at the proportion of foreign students at a university and provides an indicator of its ability to attract global talent.

NUS is the oldest higher education institution in Singapore, and currently has 39,000 students spread across three campuses. It achieved impressive scores in the QS ranking indicators, being placed 12th in the world for academic reputation, 18th for employer reputation and 26th for international faculty.

NTU has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in its Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and Graduate colleges, as well as a medical school set up jointly with Imperial College London.

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