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NTU rises to 11th in the world

Students, staff and alumni cheer on NTU’s ascent up the global league table; NTU also named world’s top young university for 4th straight year
by Peter Yeo

It’s official. NTU Singapore is ranked the best university in Asia in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, having scaled to 11th in the world.

It is also an all-time high for a young university below 50 years old in the QS rankings, and the highest position ever by a Singapore or an Asian university in the global league table.

The buzz on social media

NTU’s Facebook (@NTUsg) post attracted over 1,700 shares, generating close to 10,000 likes and almost 1,000 comments.

“Congratulations beloved alma mater Nanyang Technological University! Thank you so much Prof Andersson, thank you NTU! Eternal gratitude!”
– Chris Lin on Twitter
  “Work hard and believe it. NTU has reached a whole new height by achieving the 11th position in the QS World Ranking…”
- NTU Students’ Union (@ntusu)
“Good breakthrough NTU… you have brought pride to all your alumni.”
- Chan Chua Wei on LinkedIn
  “@NanyangBizSch: Hurray! We’re now ranked 11th in the latest QS World University Rankings. Way to go, #NTUsg!”
- Sven Amelsberg, alumnus from Spain
“Way to go NTU! Keep soaring. The stars are within your reach.”
- Janaki Raghavan
  “Well done, NTU, and proud of the achievements! Ahead of Princeton, Cornell, Yale and UPenn, wow!”
- Eric Sin
  “Well done @NTUsg. A great university that wants to continuously improve. Top 10 close!”
- Tristan Hockley (@tristanhockley), partner at PwC.

In another QS ranking of the world’s most dynamic young universities 50 years old or younger, released a month later, NTU topped the list for the fourth consecutive year.

“NTU is not only cementing our place as the world’s No. 1 young university, but we have also moved up in the main league table to 11th place, just shy of the global Top 10,” says NTU President Prof Bertil Andersson. “NTU will continue to place top priority on enhancing the quality of our education, research and innovation programmes.”

A bar chart showing NTU’s rise over the years

Since 2010, the university – also named one of the world’s Top 15 Most Beautiful by Business Insider, Travel + Leisure magazine and Buzzfeed – has climbed 63 places to reach the 11th spot.

Mr Ben Sowter, QS’ Research Director, says: “The fact that an institution of NTU’s youth and profile finds itself on the brink of the world’s Top 10 is a remarkable achievement and a testament to a concentrated, selective funding model, strong and consistent leadership, sticking with an ambitious tactical plan and a radical approach to international partnerships and collaboration.”

The news could not be more exciting to students of NTU as well as alumni. Hong Wei from the graduating class of 2017 says: “I am fortunate to have studied at the number one university in Asia and in Singapore. As an NTU student, I’m filled with pride. There’s always something new happening on this young, exuberant and beautiful campus.”

Prof Andersson attributes NTU’s success to three factors: “People, people and people. NTU has attracted the best talents: top faculty, promising investigators and the brightest students.”

He adds: “Even though NTU is now the highest ranked Singapore university, I maintain what I have always said – Singaporeans should be very proud that a small nation like Singapore has two world-class universities."

Top 20 universities

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  2. Stanford University
  3. Harvard University
  4. California Institute of Technology
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. University of Oxford
  7. University College London
  8. Imperial College London
  9. University of Chicago
  10. ETH Zurich
  11. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  12. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
  13. Princeton University
  14. Cornell University
  15. National University of Singapore
  16. Yale University
  17. Johns Hopkins University
  18. Columbia University
  19. University of Pennsylvania
  20. Australian National University
Source: QS World University Rankings 2018