Friday, 12 April 2013

NUS, NTU rank high on list of top 100 Asia schools

By Amelia Teng, The Straits Times, 11 Apr 2013

FOR the second time in two months, the National University of Singapore (NUS) has come out No. 2 in Asia.

The Asia University Rankings, released this morning, also placed the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 11th on the list of the top 100 institutions in the region.

Last month, The Straits Times reported that NUS was second behind the University of Tokyo in Asia, according to the World Reputation Rankings, also produced by the Times Higher Education (THE).

The earlier ranking assessed institutions' reputations in research and teaching, and is a measure of prestige.

But the latest index looks at performance, covering areas like research, learning environment and the number of times the university's publications are cited by other academics.

Asia's top five performers are the University of Tokyo, NUS, University of Hong Kong, China's Peking University and Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.

This ranking can help those looking to study within Asia decide where to go, said Mr Phil Baty, editor of THE Rankings.

Only 57 Asian institutions were represented in the world rankings - NUS and NTU were 29th and 86th respectively.

But the regional list also highlights other good Asian universities that can compete with their regional peers, even if they are not yet at world standards, Mr Baty explained.

Japan has 22 universities in Asia's top 100 list. China, on the other hand, with just 15 on the list, is not as well-represented, given its size, he added.

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