Top in Asia for the third time

07 February 2018 | Education
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NUS has retained its position as the best university in Asia in the THE Asia University Rankings 2018

NUS has emerged as the top university in the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings 2018, published by THE on 7 February, retaining its position for the third year running. The University’s performance has improved across almost every area of the ranking, obtaining extra scores in teaching, research, citation impact and knowledge transfer.

Introduced in 2013, the THE Asia University Rankings uses the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, although the weightages of the Asia University Rankings have been adjusted to reflect the priorities of institutions in Asia.

As the higher education landscape continues to evolve rapidly, we aim to accelerate NUS’ transformation over the coming years. We will intensify our efforts in nurturing future-ready graduates and expand lifelong education initiatives to benefit our alumni and Singaporeans. We will also deepen the translational impact of NUS’ research, and enhance our vibrant ecosystem to further foster innovation and entrepreneurship.

NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye said that the University was delighted that it continues to be Asia’s best in the latest THE rankings. “This is an affirmation of the University’s strong progress as a leading global centre of education and research. It is also a strong recognition of the high quality work accomplished by our team of faculty, staff and students.

“As the higher education landscape continues to evolve rapidly, we aim to accelerate NUS’ transformation over the coming years. We will intensify our efforts in nurturing future-ready graduates and expand lifelong education initiatives to benefit our alumni and Singaporeans. We will also deepen the translational impact of NUS’ research, and enhance our vibrant ecosystem to further foster innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said.

Mr Phil Baty, THE Editorial Director, Global Rankings said that NUS’ achievement in attaining the top position for the third concurrent year is particularly impressive as it faces increasingly stiff competition, especially from China. 

“NUS stands as a beacon to institutions not just in Asia but across the world, demonstrating what can be achieved with the combination of powerful investment, strong leadership, a concentration of global talent, and an unceasing drive for improvement,” he added.

See the full results of the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2018.

See press release and media coverage.