For the first time, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) has topped the list of the world’s most dynamic young universities, pushing Hong Kong University of Science and Technology down to second place.
NTU is ranked No. 1 in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the world’s top 50 universities established within the last 50 years which was released today.
NTU is the only Singapore institution listed on the QS Top 50 Under 50. The university was propelled to the top spot by its superior reputation among international employers and the diversity of its faculty and student populations. It also scored high marks for its reputation among global academics and student/faculty ratio.
Last week, NTU was ranked 39th among the world’s top universities by QS. Among the 2014 Top 50 universities, NTU is the fastest rising, having catapulted 19 positions over the last 3 years.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said,
“NTU is proud to plant the Singapore flag at the top of QS’ global list of Top 50 young universities this year. This honour comes on the heels of breaking into the QS world’s top 30s.
“These rankings reaffirm the high quality of our education, research and innovation programmes. I am confident that our students, professors and graduates will continue to create value for Singapore, contributing to its competitiveness and enabling the nation to prosper well into the future.”
In the QS World University Rankings, NTU’s citations per faculty improved the most by 51 positions from last year, followed by student-faculty ratio that climbed up 16 notches to 69th internationally. NTU’s reputation among global employers also improved by seven positions to 35th internationally, its highest ever.
The QS World University Rankings looks at institutional performance irrespective of history and heritage, and that puts older universities at an advantage. On the other hand, the QS Top 50 Under 50 is designed to be dynamic and forward-looking, so only young universities founded in 1964 or later are listed.
“We can see the continued dominance of Asian universities in this year’s QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking, with all the top five spots taken by Asia. This shows that Asia is set to become the future global powerhouse of higher education and research. NTU, located in the region’s heart, is well-poised to build on this wave of opportunities,” Prof Andersson said.
For more information on the QS rankings, visit: www.topuniversities.com.