NUS retained its ranking from last year and NTU (pictured above) rose by one position to share the top spot for Asia in the 2020 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which ranks the world's top 1,000 universities. Singapore Management University (SMU) was the only other Singapore university to feature in the rankings; it ranked 477th, moving up 23 places from last year’s ranking of 500th.
Elsewhere in Asia, five of Hong Kong’s universities are ranked in the top 100. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) was rated as the city’s best after being given 25th place. The University of Science and Technology (HKUST) jumped five places to 32nd, and Chinese University (CUHK) was up from 49th to 46th place. City University rose to 52nd from 55th, and Polytechnic University was ranked 91st, up 15 places from last year to enter the top 100.
In Thailand, the highest ranked university is Chulalongkorn University, in joint 247th place; in Vietnam it is Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM), ranked in 701-750.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was ranked the world's best university for the eighth 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, University of Oxford, and the California Institute of Technology.
In other key findings, the UK recorded its third-worst performance ever; the University of Cambridge hit its lowest-ever position (still a respectable 7th) but the University of Oxford rose to 4th. Also, while international student ratios at UK and US universities have consistently fallen, 69% of Australian universities have seen improvements in their ranks.
QS surveyed more than 94,000 academics and 44,000 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.
|1||1||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||US|
|4||5||University of Oxford||UK|
|5||4||California Institute of Technology||US|
|7||6||University of Cambridge||UK|
|8||10||University College London||UK|
|9||8||Imperial College London||UK|
|10||9||University of Chicago||US|
|11=||12||Nanyang Technological University||SG|
|11=||11||National University of Singapore||SG|
|15||19||University of Pennsylvania||US|
|18=||22||Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||CH|
|20||18||University of Edinburgh||UK|