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March 16, 2017

Singapore Tops List of Best Asian Universities

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Photo: University Campus. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Image Credit: Alan C.

LONDON, March 16, 2017 — The Times Higher Education (THE) today announced its Asia University Rankings. Singapore’s National University of Singapore is first overall, closely followed by Nanyang Technological University in fourth place.

For the second year running, Singapore’s National University and China’s Peking University ranked first and second respectively.

Only two Japanese institutions appear in the top 20, despite the country’s strong representation in the rankings with 69 universities in the top 300.

After Mainland China with six universities in the top 20, Hong Kong and South Korea are well-represented with five institutions each.

Of the Southeast Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty, the editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, said:

“Singapore is the higher education star of the Southeast Asian region, with its national university topping the ranking for the second year in a row. Its younger sister Nanyang Technological University is not far behind in fourth place, but it drops two places this year despite an improved performance due to stiff competition from China.

“Thailand is also facing a tough contest, with all seven of its established universities dropping down the table, due to other institutions improving at a faster rate.

“But the expansion of the ranking to include 300 universities, up from 200 last year, provides good news elsewhere in the region. Malaysia, for instance, has nine representatives, up from four last year, with its flagship institution, the University of Malaya, debuting at 59th place. Indonesia has also doubled its representation to two. And the Philippines make the table for the first time, with the University of the Philippines joining the 201-250 cohort.

“Overall this ranking of Asia’s best 300 universities proves what a dynamic, diverse and competitive higher education region the continent is becoming - and the southeast Asian region is a key part of that development. It must make sure it doesn’t get left behind.”

On the South Asian region as a whole, Phil Baty continued: “India is the higher education star of the South Asian region, taking an impressive 33 places in the table this year - more than double its representation a year ago. This means that India is now the third most-represented nation in the table for the first time.”

He said that Pakistan has also made great gains, more than tripling its representation since last year, from two to seven, while Sri Lanka makes its debut with the University of Colombo making the 251+ band.

THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — Top 20

Rank — Institution — Country

  1. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  2. Peking University — Mainland China
  3. Tsinghua University — Mainland China
  4. Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
  5. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  6. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong
  7. University of Tokyo — Japan
  8. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) — South Korea
  9. Seoul National University — South Korea
  10. Pohang University of Science and Technology — South Korea
  11. Chinese University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  12. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  13. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  14. Kyoto University — Japan
  15. University of Science and Technology of China — Mainland China
  16. Fudan University — Mainland China
  17. Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong
  18. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — Mainland China
  19. Zhejiang University — Mainland China
  20. Korea University — South Korea

THE Asia University Rankings 2017 — INDIA

Rank — Institution — No. of Full-time Students — Student.Staff Ratio — International Students — Female : Male Ratio

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