NUS ranked 24th in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

NUS has retained its position as the 24th most prestigious university worldwide, in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) global reputation ranking.

Harvard University clinched the top spot, while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Oxford came in second and third respectively.

The annual ranking is based on ratings by academics around the world. This year, close to 11,000 academics casted votes to rate 202 universities from 29 countries based on excellence in research and teaching.

An NUS spokesperson said, “We are pleased that NUS continues to be recognised among the world’s top 25 universities in the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2021. Our good showing is a testament to the combined efforts of our faculty, researchers, and staff to take teaching and research at NUS to greater heights. We will continue to press on in our efforts to build broad-based excellence across education, research and entrepreneurship, especially in areas that are of strategic importance to Singapore.”

On the ranking’s significance, Mr Phil Baty, THE’s Chief Knowledge Officer noted that “[r]eputation is a powerful currency for universities that plays a vital role in attracting student talent, academic talent, new partnerships and even inward investment”.

This ranking is based on the opinions and views of academics worldwide. It differs from the THE World University Rankings, which is based on 13 indicators to measure performance in teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Last month, THE announced that NUS jumped four places to emerge 21st in the overall World University Rankings – the best showing by NUS, and Singapore, since the rankings began 11 years ago.

Earlier this month, NUS was ranked the best in Asia for its Computer Science, Law and Engineering courses in the THE World University Rankings by subject. The University was ranked 8th globally for Law and Computer Science, and 10th for Engineering.

Global top 30 in US News university ranking

Separately, the University rose three places to claim 29th place in the latest US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings, retaining its position as second best in Asia. This is NUS’ best performance since the rankings started in 2014.

The first, second and third spots went to Harvard, MIT and Stanford University respectively. Tsinghua University was named the best institution in Asia.

US News & World Report is the first American publisher to enter the global rankings space, which includes the THE World University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings. In its eighth edition, the 2022 ranking assessed 1,750 institutions from more than 90 countries across 13 different metrics, including research reputation, faculty publications and international collaboration.