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NUS tops inaugural Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings

05 July 2017 | Education , General News
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The National University of Singapore (NUS) has topped the inaugural Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2017 published today by the Times Higher Education (THE) magazine. Earlier in March this year, NUS was placed first in THE’s Asia University Rankings for the second consecutive year. 

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 Times Higher Education. This accolade, together with the THE Asia University Ranking 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.”

“The deep and broad impact of NUS’ high quality education and research has been achieved through the excellent work of our outstanding faculty and researchers, as well as our talented students. We are also very fortunate to have strong support from the Singapore government. 

Higher education and research in the Asia-Pacific region is thriving and 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,” Prof Tan added.

Mr Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings at Times Higher Education, said, “This new analysis from Times Higher Education uses the same rigorous combination of 13 performance indicators as the gold standard THE World University Rankings, but with a special focus on the mission and priorities of institutions in the Asia-Pacific region. So 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.

The university is brilliantly poised to continue to strengthen at the heart of a major global knowledge hub, in the centre of the most dynamic regions of higher education and research in the world.”

The THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2017 ranks 243 universities in the Asia-Pacific region. It uses the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but with special modifications to better reflect the characteristics of universities in the region. 

The full results of the Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific University Rankings are available at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-universities-asia-pacific-region-2017

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