NUS tops Asia again in latest QS university ranking


The National University of Singapore (NUS) has yet again emerged as Asia’s best performing university, in the latest university ranking by the London-based education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released today.

It has been the region’s top performing university since QS introduced rankings by subjects in 2011.

This time, it was ranked as the region’s best across 25 subjects – four more than last year. This includes three of the six new subjects the QS ranking introduced this year – anthropology, nursing, and social policy and administration.

NUS deputy president of academic affairs and provost Tan Eng Chye said the improvement is “a strong recognition of NUS’ strengths and expertise as a comprehensive university in a diverse range of subject areas”.

“As Singapore builds up world-class research capabilities in areas that are critical to the nation and the economy, NUS is well poised to contribute its leading expertise to address national challenges and improve lives of Singaporeans,” he added.

NUS came in third in the world for civil and structural engineering and fifth for chemical engineering. NUS had 11 other subjects, including electrical and electronic engineering and chemistry, that made the global top 10.

Nanyang Technological Uni- versity (NTU) was first in Asia for materials science.

NTU president Bertil Andersson said the university started out primarily as an engineering university but has since excelled in other areas, such as science and education.

NTU had two subjects ranked in the world’s top 10, down from three last year. It was sixth for materials science and eighth for electrical and electronic engineering.

Professor Andersson said: “We will continue to push hard to scale greater heights of excellence and innovation in education and research, and to be relevant to the needs of students and the industry.”

The ranking evaluates universities on 42 subjects. Results are based on research citations and survey responses from more than 121,000 academics and employers around the world.

On the global front, Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) continue to dominate the subject rankings. Both led in 12 subjects.

The head of the QS Intelligence Unit, Mr Ben Sowter, said: “Singapore has established itself as one of the world’s leading education and research hubs and continues to shine in our global analysis.”

Top in Asia for…


1. Accounting and Finance

2. Anthropology

3. Architecture/Built Environment

4. Business and Management

5. Chemistry

6. Communication and Media

7. Computer Science and Information Systems

8. Economics and Econometrics

9. Engineering: Chemical

10. Engineering: Civil and Structural

11. Engineering: Electrical and Electronic

12. Engineering: Mechanical, Aeronautical, Manufacturing

13. English and Literature

14. Environmental Sciences

15. Geography

16. Law

17. Mathematics

18. Medicine

19. Nursing

20. Pharmacy and Pharmacology

21. Politics and International Studies

22. Psychology

23. Social Policy and Administration

24. Sociology

25. Statistics and Operational Research


1. Materials Science

This article was first published on March 22, 2016.
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