NTU ranked 13th in the world again

By Derek Rodriguez

NTU has reinforced its position among the world’s best universities. For the second year running, NTU is placed 13th in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, and one of only two Asian universities in the Top 15.

Last year’s QS rankings saw NTU climb 26 spots on the strength of research citations, academic reputation and student-to-faculty ratio. The consolidation of NTU’s position this year is marked by its competitiveness across the board of performance indicators, which also include employer reputation and international faculty ratio.

Says NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson: “Last year, we surprised ourselves a little when we jumped 26 places to the 13th position. But we have been working very hard in the last few years for this ‘surprise’. This year, we are happy that this high standing has been reaffirmed by QS. Of course, now that we are competing in the global top tier, the competition is much more intense, compared to the type of quantum leaps that we have been making since 2011.”

Singapore is the only Asian country in the Top 15, and the only country other than Switzerland to break the dominance of UK and US institutions in the rankings table.

Among the Singapore universities, NTU is top in research, increasing its number of citations by almost a third or more from last year across all faculty areas.

Social Sciences and Management citations saw a year-on-year growth of over 40 percent, the biggest among the different faculty areas. This was followed by Life Sciences and Medicine at over 36 percent, and Arts and Humanities and Engineering and Technology at more than 34 percent.

The QS rankings is the latest indication of NTU’s rise to global prominence. In the last two years, NTU has been ranked No. 1 in the QS league of the world’s best young universities. Earlier this year, NTU was named Singapore’s top institution in research by the Nature Publishing Group, which also placed NTU 32nd among all universities. NTU is also ranked second in Asia in the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings.

In the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities released in September, NTU is ranked second jointly with Stanford University in Engineering, and just below the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which took the pole position.

“Singapore’s continued strong performance stems from excellence across our spectrum of measures. NTU’s success is even more reflective of this – as a young university, its reputation is not as established as some of those surrounding it, but it is one of only six institutions in the world that are in the Top 100 for all six of our indicators. It joins MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, University College London (UCL) and Imperial College in this exclusive club.” — Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS