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NUS rises to No. 3 in Asia, NTU slips in Times rankings

Magazine editor 'surprised' by NTU's slide given past standing

Published on Mar 6, 2014 8:34 AM
The National University of Singapore (NUS) campus. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which has been climbing several university league tables, took a tumble in the latest Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released this morning.

It fell from the 71st to 80th band last year to the 91st to 100th band.

The London-based magazine, which described this as "a surprise", said the university's decision last year to deny journalism professor Cherian George tenure could have hurt its standing with academics abroad.

The National University of Singapore meanwhile moved up a spot to No. 21, making it the third highest ranked Asian university behind Tokyo University and Kyoto University. Only the top 50 schools are given a specific rank.

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However, these reputation figures constitute soft data and are the most subjective part of rankings. The results can vary depending on the people surveyed each year.

- NTU president Bertil Andersson, when asked about the university's new place in Times' rankings