Asia’s top university

NUS has maintained its spot as the top university in Asia, according to the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Asia University Rankings, released on 16 March. This is the second consecutive year the University has achieved this feat since the category was introduced in 2013.

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are pleased that NUS has once again been recognised as Asia’s leading university in the latest rankings by the Times Higher Education. This is a strong recognition of our Asian and global approach to education and research, as well as the importance we place on making a positive impact on the nation and the community around us.”

I am grateful to our outstanding faculty and researchers, and our talented students, for their excellent efforts, and for the strong support of the Singapore government. We will strive to ensure that NUS’ education and research remain innovative and relevant to Singapore, Asia and beyond.

Mr Phil Baty, Editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, congratulated NUS on retaining its position, despite the tough competition.

“I predicted several years ago that NUS would reach the top, and the university really has established itself as the role model for the entire continent — demonstrating that with decisive leadership, a truly international approach and with the backing of government prepared to invest in higher education, Asian universities can legitimately challenge the traditional Western elites of the US and the UK,” he said.

This latest rankings was unveiled by Mr Baty at the THE Asia Universities Summit held in Ulsan, South Korea.  


Mr Baty (right) presenting a congratulatory plaque to NUS' representative Dr Lily Chan, CEO, NUS Enterprise, at the THE Asia Universities Summit in Ulsan, South Korea

The performance indicators used for the THE Asia University Rankings are similar to the 13 indicators used in the World University Rankings, but are recalibrated to reflect the priorities of Asian institutions. The 2017 edition ranked 300 of the best universities from 24 Asian countries.

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