International Asia NUS slips to second place in Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings

NUS slips to second place in Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings

NUS loses its top spot after two years but earns top marks in leadership and management.




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It’s been a rough couple of weeks for NUS. The Times Higher Education (THE) released the most recent list of the Asia University Rankings for 2019. The National University of Singapore is no longer the top university in Asia, but has slipped to second place.

Beijing’s Tsinghua University is now ranked number one in Asia. The university’s rank was boosted by its score in its teaching environment and increase in citation impact, and international outlook. Chinese President Xi Jinping is a graduate of Tsinghua University.

NUS previously held the top position in Asia since 2016.

The top ten in the THE 2019 Asia University Rankings are as follows:

  1. Tsinghua University, China
  2. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  3. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  4. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  5. Peking University, China
  6. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  7. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  8. University of Tokyo, Japan
  9. Seoul National University, South Korea
  10. Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
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Tsinghua University is ranked 22 while NUS is at 23 in the World University Rankings. Nanyang Technological University is currently the 51st in the world. Oxford University in London is still the world’s top university according to THE.

During the inaugural THE Awards Asia held in Abu Dhabi, NUS’s management team, however, was deemed the best in Asia and recognised with the award for Leadership and Management Team of the Year.

Judges praised NUS’ “bold initiatives across core areas in education, research and entrepreneurship, all with clear, successful results.”

Times Higher Education, a weekly publication based in London, has been ranking universities since 2004. Universities are scored based on thirteen performance indicators classified into the five areas of teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income./TISG

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