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NTU rises to Asia's No. 1


Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is Asia’s top university, announced Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in its Asia University Rankings released today.

NTU, which is renowned for being among the world’s best universities for engineering and technology, rose two spots from last year to be placed in the leading position of the QS Asia University league table ahead of 400 universities in Asia.

NTU propelled to the top spot, having improved its scores for papers per faculty and student-faculty ratio. For the second consecutive year, NTU is also the region’s best performer for citations per paper, which measures the impact and quality of the scientific work done by universities.

This is the latest feather in the cap for NTU. Earlier this year, NTU rose to 11th place in the QS’ World University Rankings – the highest position ever by an Asian university in world rankings. The latest Asian University Rankings is based on a different set of metrics from the world rankings.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson said, “NTU has made fantastic progress, having risen from No. 14 when the QS Asian rankings began in 2009. The latest rankings are an outstanding achievement and strong endorsement of NTU’s excellent reputation built up over the years, and I wish to thank the entire NTU community for their contributions.”

“Besides celebrating NTU’s success as Asia’s highest-ranked university, Singaporeans should also be very proud that Singapore leads the rest of Asia with two world-class universities,” said Prof Andersson, who has led NTU's rapid ascent up various global league tables since being appointed NTU President in 2011.

"As a small country, Singapore was determined to be at the forefront of research and innovation to punch above its weight when competing with the bigger Asian countries in the knowledge economy. I'm happy that NTU has contributed to this achievement for Singapore," added Prof Andersson.

Asian universities are world’s future innovation dynamos 

Commenting on the region’s progress in higher education in recent years, Prof Bertil Andersson said, “Asia's universities are clearly on the move and increasingly giving their Western counterparts a run for their money.

“Many Asian universities are receiving generous financial support from their governments in the form of policies, plans and programmes, such as Singapore's Research Innovation Enterprise 2020 Plan, Brain Korea 21, and China’s Double First Class University Plan to create world-class universities by 2050. These initiatives help boost the universities’ capabilities to better compete internationally for the best brains, resources and investments.

The future challenge for Asia is to create high-quality teaching and research programmes, and win-win partnerships across the region and beyond. If Asian universities maintain their momentum, they can potentially become the world’s leading dynamos for learning, knowledge generation and innovation by 2050.”

NTU: young and research-driven

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said, "While the methodology of the Asia Rankings differs from the one of the World University Rankings, Nanyang Technological University is the top-performing Asian University in both lists, according to our metrics. NTU has improved its standing in the academic and employer reputation indicators, as well as in the “international faculty” metric. Additionally, it has enhanced its research productivity ("papers per faculty" indicator) and impact ("citation per paper" indicator)."

"At the very top of the table, the competition is fierce and the gap between institutions very narrow. Nevertheless, this still very young university, has tangibly demonstrated its prowess, both regionally and globally, and over a very short period of time has achieved an impressive ascending trajectory, supported by a strong leadership and a government that puts education, innovation and research excellence at the core of its agenda."

Besides being Asia’s top performer in the QS global rankings earlier this year, NTU has also been leading the world in the QS Top 50 under 50 rankings – a league table of the world’s best young universities below 50 years old, for the past four years.

NTU also tops Asian universities in normalised citation impact in research according to data by Clarivate Analytics’ InCites and is ranked 4th worldwide in engineering and technology by QS.

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Feisal Abdul Rahman 
Senior Assistant Director (Media Relations) 
Corporate Communications Office 
Nanyang Technological University
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About Nanyang Technological University 

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for 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). 
Ranked 11th in the world, NTU has also been named the world’s top young university for the last four years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

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NTU rises to Asia's No. 1
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 Published on 17 Oct 2017​
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