World's top 10 for 11 subjects

28 April 2015 | Education
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NUS' Engineering specialisations place it among the world's top 10 universities

NUS has been named among the world's 10 best universities for 11 subjects across disciplines in Architecture/Built Environment, Engineering, Science, and the Social Sciences, in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject. The University is also Asia's best across 21 subjects, up from 18 subjects last year.

Believed to be the largest of its kind, the yearly subject rankings are based on surveys conducted on 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers, together with the analysis of 17.3 million research papers and more than 100 million citations.

QS added six new subjects to the rankings this year, bringing the total of individual disciplines to 36. The new subjects are Architecture/Built Environment, Art & Design, Dentistry, Business & Management Studies, Development Studies and Veterinary Science.

NUS makes the top 50 worldwide for a total of 30 subjects, where it was ranked in 31 out of the 36 subjects relevant to the University. It is also the best-performing Asian university, topping the list of universities outside the UK and US with the most number of subjects within the top 10 ranking.

Four NUS Engineering specialisations were among the world's top 10, with the highest spots for Civil & Structural Engineering (third) and Chemical Engineering (fifth). 

Said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan: "Our strong performance in the latest subject rankings is a testament to the powerful commitment of our talented professors and graduates to excellence, and the contributions they have been making. The confidence of academics and employers around the world in NUS serves as a reminder and encouragement to all of us at the University to continue sharpening our focus on educational innovation and high-impact research, with the aim of creating distinctive value for Singapore and the communities around us.

Added Professor Tan Eng Chye, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost: "We are truly pleased that there is global and Asian appreciation of our efforts to ensure that the NUS curriculum remains relevant to industry, and future needs. The close synergy between academics and employers continues to inspire the culture of excellence and innovation at NUS. Our aim…is to nurture graduates who will be ‘future-ready' for impactful careers that will make a difference to Singapore and beyond.

The 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject places NUS among the 10 best universities in the world for:

Subject World Ranking 2015
Engineering – Civil & Structural 3
Engineering – Chemical 5
Engineering – Electrical & Electronic 6
Materials Science 6*
Architecture/Built Environment NEW 6
Chemistry 7
Biological Sciences 8
Engineering – Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing 8
Linguistics 8
Geography 9
Environmental Sciences 10

* In joint position with another university

In Asia, NUS took the top spot, or second, in the following subjects:

Subject Asia Ranking 2015
Accounting & Finance 1
Architecture / Built Environment NEW 1
Biological Sciences 1
Business & Management Studies NEW 1
Chemistry 1
Communication & Media Studies 1
Economics & Econometrics 1
Engineering - Chemical 1
Engineering - Civil & Structural 1
Engineering - Electrical & Electronic 1
Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing 1
English Language & Literature 1
Environmental Sciences 1
Geography 1
Law 1
Linguistics 1
Materials Science 1
Mathematics 1
Politics & International Studies 1
Sociology 1
Statistics & Operational Research 1
Computer Science & Information Systems 2
Psychology 2
Medicine 2
Pharmacy & Pharmacology 2


See the full 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject.