NUS moves up in university rankings

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has made a strong showing in the latest university ranking exercises. In rankings by both Times Higher Education (THE) and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), NUS improved its position from the previous year.

In the 2012/2013 THE World University Rankings, NUS has risen to 29th position, up from last year's 40th spot. NUS has also advanced in the 2013 THE World Reputation Rankings to the 22nd position. Complementing the annual World University Rankings, the reputation rankings are based on the world's largest survey of academic opinion, with 16,639 responses from 144 countries in 2013.

Furthermore, in the recent 2012/2013 QS World University Rankings, NUS has advanced three places to be among the top 25 universities in the world.  The annual exercise examines more than 700 universities in the world, ranking the top 400.

For regional rankings, NUS has secured the second position in the premiere THE Asia University Rankings. Based on the same stringent performance indicators and methodology as the established THE World University Rankings, the new rankings list the top institutions across 15 countries or regions in Asia, including Turkey and the Middle East. 

Mr Phil Baty, Editor of THE Rankings, noted that NUS has already proven its world-class credentials against rigorous performance indicators by taking a top 30 position in the world. "But this new Asia University Ranking puts that performance into clearer context: it has taken the number two position in Asia, beating all rival institutions from China, Hong Kong, South Korea and right across the Asian continent," he pointed out.

"Indeed, many experts are speculating that NUS will soon emerge as Asia's number one institution, as Singapore continues to invest in excellence in research and teaching, driving forward the knowledge economy," he said.

NUS also secured the number two spot in the latest 2012 QS University Rankings: Asia, one place up from last year. This is its best performance in the Asian University Rankings, which was introduced by QS in 2009 and ranks Asia's top 300 universities based on criteria such as academic reputation, employer reputation, student/faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, internationalisation, student exchange inbound and student exchange outbound. 

In the 2012 QS University Rankings: Asia, the University put up a strong showing across most of the indicators, ranking 1st in Asia for employer reputation and international faculty, and 2nd in Asia for academic reputation. NUS also enhanced its rankings for three faculty areas: Arts and Humanities (1st in Asia); Engineering and Technology (2nd in Asia); and Natural Sciences (2nd in Asia). It maintains the top position in Asia for Social Sciences and Management. 

Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost was pleased with the results, particularly the strengthening in the faculty areas. "Our researchers are also creating a great impact through their scientific work - evident in the larger number of papers published and an improvement in number of citations per paper. Overall, this is a strong international recognition of the excellent work by our faculty and staff in both research and education," he said. 

Moreover, in the the 2013 QS World University Rankings by Subject, NUS came out the best-performing university in Asia and eighth globally. A total of 2,858 universities were evaluated and 678 institutions were ranked. Offering students an understanding of the best disciplines across the world, the QS World University Rankings by Subject is based on criteria including academic reputation, employer reputation and research citations.

NUS fared well, ranking among the world's top 10 universities for 12 subjects including Statistics, Mathematics, Material Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Communication & Media Studies, Geography, Politics & International Studies and Modern Languages.

The University was among the world's top 20 in another nine subjects namely Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Economics, English Language & Literature and Sociology.

NUS President Prof Tan Chorh Chuan expressed delight that NUS is placed among the leading universities in the world and in Asia. He said: "This is a strong endorsement of our continued efforts to pioneer educational innovations that provide a top quality education, global student exchange and internship opportunities, as well as our cutting-edge research. This could not have happened without our talented faculty, staff, students and alumni, whose dynamism and commitment are pivotal in our efforts to be global in vision, goals and quality, and with special expertise, insights and connections in Asia."