NUS is 12th in the world

23 September 2015 | Education
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NUS is ranked 12th in the 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings, and is also placed among the world's top 10 universities in a number of disciplines

According to the 2015/2016 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is now ranked 12th, up from its 22nd position last year. The University also continues to be Asia’s top university.

The 76,798 academics and 44,226 employers surveyed around the world by QS also placed the University at 9th globally for both academic as well as employer reputation.

The ranking also places NUS among the world’s top 10 universities for Engineering and Technology, Social Sciences and Management, and Natural Sciences; and in the global top 20 for Arts and Humanities, and Life Sciences and Medicine.

The University also improved in the number of research papers published, and citations per faculty.

The 2015 QS World University Rankings ranked 891 universities around the world on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, and proportions of international students and international faculty.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “Our consistent performance in international rankings is a reflection of Singapore’s strong support for higher education, as well as NUS’ strong focus on talent and excellence. We are also pleased to note that NUS continues to be highly regarded and valued by academics and employers worldwide.

As QS has made significant changes to its methodology this year, we would need to review these to understand how they have resulted in the changes in the rankings this year.

We thank our faculty, researchers, students and friends who work tirelessly to make NUS a leading global university, centred in Asia.”

Mr Ben Sowter, QS Head of Research, said, “What Singapore, as a nation, has achieved in its first 50 years of independence is nothing short of staggering. The engine room for that development has been and remains the cultural, political and financial emphasis placed on education. Education at all levels. The development of its own people, particularly in a country with limited natural resources, has to be the single most vital, and far-sighted, economic priority.

The jewel in the crown is the National University of Singapore. NUS has been steadily climbing various league tables inexorably for years, but has been able to do so whilst developing excellence across the academic spectrum in both teaching and research. It is that balanced approach that has led to a research profile that is not disproportionately geared towards medicine which has been revealed with dramatic clarity in this year’s QS World University Rankings.”

The full results of the 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings are available at:

See press release and media coverage.