Double First for NUS

21 June 2016 | Education
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NUS has clinched top position for the first time in THE's Asia University Rankings

NUS has been named Asia’s best university in the Asia University Rankings 2016 published by Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. This marks the first time the University has attained the top position in this ranking since the category’s introduction in 2013. NUS was also ranked as the finest in Asia by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the QS University Rankings: Asia on 14 June 2016.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are delighted that NUS has been recognised as the top Asian university in the latest rankings by the Times Higher Education. Together with NUS’ top placement for the past three years in the QS Asian Universities Ranking, these results affirm NUS' strong reputation as a leading global university.

“Both the higher education sector and the environment in which it operates, are changing rapidly. Asian universities are on the rise, higher education in Asia is massifying at an unprecedented pace and scale, and the nature of jobs is shifting. This means that NUS will need to be even more strategic and adaptive in the coming years, while intensifying our efforts in nurturing future-ready graduates. We will also continue to pioneer educational innovations and pursue cutting edge research and its applications to benefit the communities we serve.”

Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings Mr Phil Baty pointed out that the new data, which uses THE’s formula of 13 rigorous performance indicators covering the full range of a world-class university’s activities, demonstrates clearly that NUS is the number one university across Asia. “NUS stands as an example to the rest of Asia — indeed, to the rest of the world — in terms of how to attain world-class status. With innovative and driven leadership, backed by serious investment from government and the private sector, and with a truly global outlook, NUS has risen to the top of the Asia University Rankings,” he said.

The THE Asia University Rankings uses similar indicators as the World University Rankings. However, the Asia ranking places more importance on industry and research income, as well as productivity in terms of publications, with less emphasis on reputation elements.

An exclusive preview of the Rankings was presented to delegates at THE’s inaugural Asia Universities Summit at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 19 to 21 June. At the event, Prof Tan was the moderator for Presidents Session 1, during which the distinguished panellists discussed how universities could cultivate innovation.

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Prof Tan (1st from right) moderated Presidents Session 1, which saw (from left) Prof Mark S Wrighton, Chancellor, Washington University in St. Louis; Prof Anton Muscatelli, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Glasgow; Prof Peretz Lavie, President, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology; Prof Sung-Mo Kang, President, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; and Prof Wolfgang A Herrmann, President, Technical University of Munich; discussing how universities could cultivate innovation

See the full results of the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings.

See press release and media coverage.