Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has trumped its great Hong Kong rival to secure top spot on a league table of the world’s best young universities.
NTU was second, after Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, for the past two years in the rankings for universities under 50 years old but has now claimed pole position, thanks to high scores in most of the judging criteria.
That allowed it to pip the Hong Kong institution by less than a single point on the top 50 list released this morning by London- based educational consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
Mr Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, said the ranking focuses only on the performance of younger institutions, and “aims to spot the up-and-coming higher education powerhouses in the global arena”.
He noted that NTU’s rise was “nothing short of impressive”.
“Even more so, considering that this world-class institution was established less than 25 years ago,” he added.
The difference between NTU and the Hong Kong institution was a mere 0.7 point.
Universities are ranked based on academic and employer reputation, student-faculty ratio, citations in academic publications per faculty, international faculty and student mix.
NTU said it was propelled to the top spot because of its high scores in employer reputation and the diversity of its faculty and student populations. It also scored highly for its reputation among global academics, and its student- faculty ratio.
The top five universities on the latest QS list are all in Asia.
The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea was third, followed by City University of Hong Kong and South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology.
Australia was the top-performing country, with 10 institutions in the top 50.
NTU president Bertil Andersson said: “NTU is proud to plant the Singapore flag at the top of the QS list.
“These rankings reaffirm the high quality of our education, research and innovation programmes. I am confident that our students, professors and graduates will continue to create value for Singapore, contributing to its competitiveness and enabling the nation to prosper well into the future.”
The QS Top 50 under 50 is based on results from the latest QS World University Rankings, out last week, which placed both the National University of Singapore (NUS) and NTU two places higher than last year
NUS was at 22nd on the new list and remains the top Asian university while NTU moved up from 41st to 39th place.