NUS has been ranked fourth in this year’s Times Higher Education (THE) Most International University Ranking, the only university in Singapore to make the prestigious list.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are pleased to be placed fourth in the world in the THE’s ranking of The World’s Most International Universities 2017. This is a strong recognition of our global approach to education and research with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise, as well as the active role we play in international academic and research networks.
“As the majority of our students are Singaporeans, they benefit greatly from the unique diversity of learning opportunities that NUS can provide as one of the most international universities in the world,” Prof Tan added. “In short, to enhance learning outcomes, we bring our students to the world, and we bring a world of learning to our students in Singapore. This is very important for Singapore as we are a small country with extensive trading ties around the globe and home to many companies with multinational operations.”
About eight in 10 NUS undergraduates have a significant study abroad experience, including participating in semester-long student exchange programmes in more than 300 partner universities in over 40 countries. NUS offers the unique and successful NUS Overseas Colleges programme where students get to intern in entrepreneurial hubs around the world such as Silicon Valley, Beijing and Stockholm. In addition, NUS collaborates with top overseas universities with complementary strengths in offering more than 70 joint-, double- and concurrent degree programmes. As a result, NUS students enjoy both Asian and global educational experiences that broaden their outlook and increase their networks, while enabling them to access some of the best academic programmes around the world.
Prof Tan also shared that NUS welcomes high quality faculty and students from Asia and around the world as they bring valuable academic expertise as well as different social and cultural perspectives. “We now have a diverse and talented community on campus, comprising staff and students from about 100 countries. They add much to the vibrancy of our campus and to the energising environment, which promotes innovation and offers expanded opportunities for members of the NUS community to excel and maximise their potential,” he said.
The University has also built a global network of partnerships in research. Prof Tan explained, “Today, research is an international activity. It is very important for NUS researchers to collaborate extensively with top research groups from leading universities around the world as this further increases the quality and impact of their work. It can also contribute to realising and raising the translational impact of our research, for the benefit of economic and societal advancement in Singapore and beyond. Because of these, NUS will continue to further deepen and broaden our international partnerships in research and education.”
The ranking takes into account four components — number of journal publications with at least one international co‐author; international reputation; and proportion of international students and international staff. All components are given equal weightage.
THE World University Rankings editor Mr Phil Baty said, “Singapore has just one university in this list but it does exceptionally well; NUS is the fourth most international university in the world, thanks to high scores on all of the metrics underlying the ranking. NUS was already the top Asian institution in our World University Rankings. It is great that the University can also boast that it is one of the most international in the world too.”
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