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NTU charges ahead to 13th in the world



In the latest World University Rankings, NTU has broken into the world’s Top 15 to be placed in the 13th spot.

NTU climbed 26 places from last year’s 39th position in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. NTU has been scaling rapidly up the global league table since 2011.

Mr Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said that NTU’s continued ascent “underlines its genuine transformation into a world-class university over the past decade.”

NTU made huge improvements in all five subject areas, with four of them in the top 50. The university’s best subject ranking is the 6th position for Engineering & Technology. NTU was also ranked 15th in Natural Sciences, 22nd in Social Sciences & Management, 45th in Arts & Humanities and 131st in Life Sciences & Medicine.

The leap to the 13th spot was fuelled by three main areas – research citations, academic reputation and student-to-faculty ratio.

This year, QS introduced a new indicator for research excellence by applying equal weightage to all five subject areas. This levelled the playing field for fairer comparisons to be made.

Mr Sowter said that even without this refinement, NTU would have still gained more than ten places from its 39th place last year. Other gainers include London School of Economics, which climbed 36 places to be counted amongst the world’s top 40 this year.

With NTU at No. 13 and the National University of Singapore at No. 12, the two Singapore universities are now neck-to-neck in this league table. It also means that the two best Asian universities are from Singapore.

“This is a wonderful achievement for this young nation and Singaporeans can be very proud that in this small country, there are two universities of high global repute. This has been big news in the international media,” says NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson.

Earlier this year, Times Higher Education named NTU the world’s fastest-rising young university in its global league. NTU is also ranked first among the world’s young universities by QS.

In research, NTU is ranked No. 1 in Singapore in the Nature Global Index, and 40th globally. On several established yardsticks, NTU is also the leader amongst top Asian universities in normalised research citation impact.

Top 20 universities in the world

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Harvard University
  3. University of Cambridge
  1. Stanford University
  1. California Institute of Technology
  2. University of Oxford
  3. University College London
  4. Imperial College London
  5. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  6. University of Chicago
  7. Princeton University
  8. National University of Singapore
  9. Nanyang Technological University
  10. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  11. Yale University
  12. Johns Hopkins University
  13. Cornell University
  14. University of Pennsylvania
  15. Australian National University
  1. King's College London