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NUS is world's top 10 for 11 subjects, and Asia's best for 21 subjects

29 April 2015 | Education
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Top five in the world for Civil & Structural Engineering as well as Chemical Engineering

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

The annual subject rankings, believed to be the largest of its kind, are based on surveyed opinions of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers, alongside analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations.

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

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

Four NUS Engineering specialisations were listed among the world's top 10, with the highest spots for Civil & Structural Engineering (3rd) and Chemical Engineering (5th).

Said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan:'We appreciate the strong international recognition of NUS' expertise, and are honoured to be placed in the top five in the world for Civil & Structural Engineering and Chemical Engineering, with another nine subjects in the top 10 globally. 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.'

NUS, Singapore's flagship university, provides students with a rigorous education with some of the top professors in their fields, opportunities to study abroad at 300 leading universities across 50 countries, as well as internships of up to a year with some of the most exciting start-ups and companies in Singapore and overseas. The University is also known globally for pioneering new models of education, within NUS such as the NUS Overseas Colleges, University Town, and the University Scholars Programme, as well as through strategic partnerships which have resulted in the successful establishment of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, and Yale-NUS College.

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

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, at the end of the day, is to nurture graduates who will be'future-ready' for impactful careers that will make a difference to Singapore and beyond.'

The full results of the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject will be available at: http://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings

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