Both the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have made steady progress in a global ranking of universities this year.
NUS climbs one place to 22nd, from 23rd in 2012. NTU is placed in the 71st to 80th band this year, up from the 81st to 90th band in 2012, making it one of the universities which made the most improvement in the ranking.
The 2013 World Reputation Ranking - in its third year running - is based on 16,639 responses from senior academics from 144 countries, and is a measure of academic prestige rather than actual performance.
Mr Phil Baty, editor of the magazine's rankings, said in a statement: "A university's reputation is subjective, but it matters deeply in today's highly competitive global marketplace, and it has serious real-world impact - helping to attract top student and academic talent, and encouraging industrial investment and benefactions."
Harvard University continues to top the list, followed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cambridge.