Jun 11, 2013

    NTU now 10th-best university in Asia

    THE Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has climbed seven spots to break into the Top 10 list in the latest global ranking of Asian universities to be released today.

    In the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) University Rankings: Asia, the university takes 10th position, together with Japan's Kyoto University. It is the NTU's highest position since the first edition of the annual rankings was published in 2009.

    The National University of Singapore (NUS) maintained its spot as the second-best university in Asia, sharing the position with the University of Hong Kong.

    Meanwhile, the top spot for the third year running went to the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    The ranking exercise by London-based education and career consultancy QS lists Asia's top 300 universities based on criteria such as academic reputation, number of papers per faculty and ratio of students to faculty.

    QS head of research Ben Sowter said: "Singapore's universities are embracing the new possibilities of today's globalised higher-education landscape in innovative ways, and are now clearly established as international centres of excellence.

    "The influx of international campuses, tech start-ups and multinational investors means Singapore is well placed to become Asia's Silicon Valley."

    NTU president Bertil Andersson said in a statement: "NTU has become a talent magnet, attracting more top students and some of the world's best professors."

    He said that the university saw an increase of 60 per cent of top A-level students enrolling this year, over 2011.

    NTU also performed well in another QS ranking of international universities under 50 years old - it came in at No. 2, after Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

    Meanwhile, NUS also ranked first in Asia for employer reputation and second in Asia for academic reputation.

    The provost and deputy president of academic affairs at NUS, Professor Tan Eng Chye, said: "This is firm recognition of the high-quality education and research work by our faculty, staff and students.

    "We will continue our pursuit of transformative advances in education and research to bring about a lasting impact in Singapore, Asia and the world."