NUS, NTU seize top two spots in Times ranking of Asian universities

The National University of Singapore (NUS) took first place in the Times Higher Education Magazine rankings for Asia.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) took first place in the Times Higher Education Magazine rankings for Asia.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Just last week, Singapore's two most established universities were ranked first and third among Asian universities.

This week, they have seized the top two spots in another Asia's best universities list.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) took first place, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was placed second with Peking University in the London-based Times Higher Education Magazine rankings for Asia.

The University of Hong Kong took fourth position, while Tsinghua University of China was ranked fifth, in the rankings released this morning (June 21).

Last year, NUS came in second, while NTU was placed 10th.

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said: "Singapore has sealed its place as one of Asia's top university nations."

He noted that Singapore's rankings success comes from focused strategies and substantial and sustained higher education funding from government.

He said: "This ranking cements Singapore as a prime case study of how to challenge elite western institutions and become a rising university star."

 

NUS president Tan Chorh Chuan said he was delighted at NUS' good showing but said NUS will need to be even more strategic and adaptive in the coming years given the massification of higher education and shifting nature of jobs.

Commenting on the two rankings, NTU President Bertil Andersson said both lists show that NTU has moved swiftly in recent years to innovate in teaching and produce research with far-reaching global impact.

He added that the Times ranking shows that Singapore is now the top city in Asia for higher education.

The Times ranking uses 13 key performance indicators to reflect a university's strengths in five areas - teaching, research, citation, industry income and global outlook.

University league tables have proliferated in recent years and university officials say parents and students are increasingly referring to them.

In some countries, governments use them to make funding decisions.