NUS ranked among top 10 worldwide for Computer Science and Engineering

The University’s Computer Science and Engineering courses have been placed in the top 10 across the world, according to the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings by subject.

NUS also tops the rankings among Asian universities for these subjects.

Eighth spot globally for Computer Science

The 2022 rankings marked the second straight year that NUS was placed eighth for Computer Science. It remains the top Asian university for the in-demand subject, with the rest of the top 10 from either the United States or Europe. The University of Oxford took pole position, followed by Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Overall, 891 universities from 75 countries and regions were ranked for this subject.

“(In Computer Science), Asia impresses as the National University of Singapore (eighth place) holds onto a top 10 place for a second consecutive year,” said Times Higher Education in a statement on 6 Oct.

Only new entrant into elite 10 for Engineering

NUS also remains the top Asian university for Engineering. It moved into 10th spot, rising two spots from 12th in the 2021 rankings.

“The United States is the outright global leader for Engineering. However, there is significant competition from the rest of the world. In the top 10 alone there are representatives from the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Singapore – whose National University of Singapore (10th) is the only new entrant into this year’s elite group,” said Times Higher Education.

Harvard University was rated the best university for Engineering, followed by Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. The Engineering ranking assessed 1,188 universities from 85 countries and regions.

Times Higher Education announced last month 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.

The Computing and Engineering rankings on 6 Oct were the second batch to be announced.

The London-based organisation will announce the rankings for more subjects on 13 Oct and 3 Nov.

Best university for studying blockchain and digital currencies

In another development highlighting its strength in science and technology, NUS took top spot in the Universities for Blockchain rankings 2021 by CoinDesk.

The rankings cover courses, research output, campus blockchain offerings (like student clubs and research centres), employment outcomes, academic reputation and cost.

“Overall, the National University of Singapore is in first place as a result of its multiple blockchain research centers, its frequently hosted blockchain-themed conferences, its many blockchain clubs, its company partnerships and its Masters programme in digital financial technology,” said CoinDesk.

The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology was runner-up while the University of California, Berkeley was in third place.

This year’s Coindesk ranking rates 230 schools and universities internationally, expanding the sample from just United States schools in the first university ranking last year. Research for the rankings was led by Mr Reuben Youngblom, a researcher from Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with CoinDesk’s Mr Joe Lautzenhiser.

CoinDesk is an established news site specialising in the rapidly-expanding digital currency sector, and has been publishing since 2013.