NUS has taken the top spot in the inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific Rankings 2017. This comes after the University was placed first in THE’s Asia University Rankings earlier in March, for the second consecutive year.
The new analysis ranks 243 universities in the Asia Pacific region, using the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but with a special focus on the mission and priorities of institutions in Asia Pacific.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are delighted that NUS has been recognised as Asia Pacific’s top university in the latest ranking by THE. This accolade, together with the THE Asia University Rankings released earlier this year, strongly affirms our vision and long-term strategy of building broad-based excellence across a comprehensive range of disciplines. NUS is well on track in the implementation of the broad range of programmes aimed at nurturing future-ready graduates, and in developing lifelong education as a high priority thrust. We continue to build world-class research strengths across a wide range of disciplines because more holistic, multidisciplinary approaches are required to address the complex challenges which will be consequential for society. We remain strongly focused on translating our research and pursuing innovation and entrepreneurship so as to contribute to economic and societal advancement in Singapore and the communities around us.”
“We are delighted to affirm NUS’ status as the leading institution in the region. We have already shown through other analyses that NUS is the leading Asian institution, but it is particularly impressive to see that NUS is also now more highly ranked than much more mature and established institutions from Australia too,” said Mr Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings at THE.
Prof Tan also attributed the impact of NUS’ high quality education and research to the outstanding work by NUS faculty, researchers and students. Acknowledging the thriving higher education and research sectors in the Asia Pacific region, Prof Tan added that “universities in this part of the world, including NUS, will play an increasingly important role in driving the transformation of this dynamic region and in addressing both the challenges and opportunities along the way.”