SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have emerged as the top universities in Asia based on global subject rankings.
Singapore has 23 university courses – 16 from NUS and seven from NTU – which feature in the global top 10 in the UK-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by subject.
The ranking was published on Wednesday April 6.
The QS lists are based on a survey of 1,543 universities, including 376 universities in Asia, taking into account areas such as academic reputation, reputation with employers, faculty-to-student ratios, and faculty citations.
Singapore is ranked higher than Hong Kong, which has seven courses in the top 10 lists, China has four and Japan has three.
According to the QS ranking, Singapore has the best higher education system in Asia, based on the Republic’s share of programs in the top 10 global lists. In Asia, the first place of the Republic is followed by Hong Kong, China and Japan.
Globally, Singapore has the fourth best higher education system in the world, after the United States, Great Britain and Switzerland.
NUS and NTU stand out in engineering education and research.
The QS Ranking placed the NUS Petroleum Engineering program first, a position it also achieved last year out of 151 applicants. Five other engineering programs in Singapore were among the top 10 in the world, including chemical engineering, where NUS is ranked third and NTU seventh.
Some courses have made significant jumps in the rankings. The NUS Anthropology course fell from 14th place in 2021 to 10th place this year, while the NUS Languages program fell from 17th to 10th place.
Singapore Management University (SMU) ranked in the top 100 for the study of law compared to last year. Meanwhile, SMU also moved up two places to rank 36th for business and management studies.
“The steady improvements Singaporean institutions have made in our rankings are the result of a decade of investment and strategy,” said Mr. Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS.
“It was in 2010, after all, that the Singaporean government inaugurated the Singapore Universities Fund, in an attempt to avoid the kind of recession-induced funding cuts…that have beleaguered universities around the world. .”
NUS Senior Vice President and Provost Prof. Ho Teck Hua said NUS is delighted as it continues to be among the best universities in Asia: all of us at NUS.