World’s fastest rising young university

The London-based Times Higher Education, which publishes several global league tables, recently recognised NTU as the fastest rising young university in the world.

To determine the World’s Fastest Rising Young Universities, Times Higher Education shortlisted 15 universities under the age of 50 which made the top 200 in its annual world university rankings and measured their rise since 2011.

NTU, having risen 108 places in four years, was declared the fastest mover, ahead of other universities such as University of Warwick and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Scaling in research

That’s not all. In the inaugural Nature Index 2015 Asia-Pacific, NTU was ranked eighth overall in research, as well as fourth in Chemistry and ninth in Physical Sciences.

“It's a remarkable feat for such a young faculty to be ranked so highly for chemistry in the Asia-Pacific region. I feel reassured of the quality of education I am receiving,” says fourth-year chemistry undergrad Heng Shu Yun.

“I hope the university will continue to improve and provide an even more nurturing environment to aspiring chemists, like in the latest programme revamp,” adds the CN Yang Scholar, who is in NTU’s premier research-focused undergraduate programme for science and engineering talents.

With the revamp, students who join the CN Yang Scholars Programme from August this year will spend eight months overseas working on their final-year project at a partner university such as Imperial College London. They may also be offered direct admission to a PhD programme in NTU or a joint PhD course with any of NTU’s top partner universities.

NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson credits the university’s move up the various rankings to several factors.

“Over the last decade, we strove to create a modern and student-centric education framework and to establish an encouraging research culture in which innovative scientific breakthroughs can happen,” he says, adding that strong industry links and the high quality of NTU’s faculty and students also play a role in NTU’s success in the global marketplace.