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​​NTU consolidates top-tier position in world university rankings

Published on: 06-Sep-2016

NTU ranked 13th in the world for second consecutive year and first in Singapore for research

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) continues to solidify its place in the upper echelon of top-ranked global universities. NTU retained its 13th position in the world and is one of Asia’s top two universities for the second year running in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings released today.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Anderson said: “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.”

NTU has jumped 45 places since 2011 in the QS world rankings. Prof Andersson added: “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.”

Prof Andersson, a top Swedish scientist who became NTU President in 2011, said that Singaporeans should be proud that Singapore is the only country other than Switzerland to break the UK-US duopoly among the top global universities. Singapore is also the only Asian country in the world’s top 15.

“Singapore and Switzerland are similar in many ways -- both are small but smart nations. Only celebrating its silver jubilee this year, NTU is a young university compared to the American and British universities that dominate the list. So it is exciting to see how far we have come in such a short time.”

Ben Sowter, QS Head of Research said, “Singapore’s continued strong performance stems from excellence across our spectrum of measures. In most aspects there are institutions elsewhere that can lay claim to a more spectacular indicator performance but very few that can compete across the board. 

“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, UCL and Imperial College in this exclusive club. It’s NTU’s consistent strength across our measures that has enabled it to climb to such an elevated position in our table."

Citations jump

Among the Singapore universities, NTU is ranked first in research, at 64th place for citations per faculty.

NTU increased its number of citations by almost one-third or more from the previous year across all faculty areas. For example, in Engineering & Technology, NTU achieved over 124,000 citations which translates to a 34 per cent increase compared to the previous year. This is despite a modest growth of 1,174 (6 per cent) more papers from 2015. 

NTU’s Social Sciences and Management citations charted the biggest year-on-year growth of over 40 per cent, followed by Life Sciences and Medicine at over 36 per cent, and Arts and Humanities with more than 34 per cent.

Professor Anderson said NTU has been highly successful in attracting top talents.


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