NUS Law ranked 8th globally

NUS has been placed eighth globally for the study of Law, by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject.

Placed 12th in the previous ranking, it rose four notches to become the first Asian university to achieve a top 10 position in the subject.

“What we are now seeing in recent years is the step up in quality from universities across Asia including in Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China,” said Mr Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at Times Higher Education.

The rankings of the best universities in the world for studying Law were topped by Stanford University, with the University of Cambridge in second place and New York University in third.

It assessed 257 universities from 39 countries and regions based on factors such as teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and innovation. To be ranked, an institution needs to have either at least 1 per cent of its academic staff working in the legal discipline or at least 20 academic staff in the discipline.

In other subject rankings also announced on 13 Oct, NUS was placed 19th globally for Social Sciences, up from 22 in the previous ranking. That gave Singapore its first ever top 20 finish for Social Sciences.

The University slipped one spot to place 15th for Business and Economics. “Singapore remains a strong option as National University of Singapore (15th) and Nanyang Technical University (49th) appear in the top 50,” said Times Higher Education.

In the final batch of subjects announced on 3 Nov, NUS was ranked 34th for Arts and Humanities, up three places from a year ago. 

Rising four places in the overall rankings

Times Higher Education announced in September that NUS rose four places to emerge 21st in the overall World University Rankings – the best showing by NUS and Singapore, since the rankings started in 2010. The University also retained its position as the third best university in Asia.

Times Higher Education followed up by announcing the rankings by subject in batches.

For the subjects announced on 16 Sep, NUS climbed two spots to 16th for Physical Sciences; rose one position to 24th in Life Sciences; and improved by one rank to 17th for the Clinical and Health domain. It slipped by one spot to 58th for the study of Psychology.

On 6 Oct, it was announced that NUS held steady at eighth place for Computer Science, unchanged from the previous ranking. It rose two spots into 10th place for Engineering.


Note: This article was first published on 13 Oct with the rankings for Law, Social Sciences, and Business and Economics. It was updated on 3 Nov with the rankings for Arts and Humanities.