Nanyang Technological University

A global university on a rapid rise


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Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

In 2016, NTU retained its 13th place in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking of the world’s top 100 universities, ahead of traditional Ivy League and European universities such as Yale, John Hopkins, Cornell and King's College London.

"Last year, we surprised ourselves a little when we jumped 26 places to the 13th position. But we have been working very hard in the last few years for this “surprise”. This year, we are happy that this high standing has been reaffirmed by QS," said NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

Other indicators of academic standing reinforce the rapid progress of NTU.

A fast-rising university in higher education

In 2016, the university is ranked 1st in the world among universities below the age of 50 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). In another ranking by the Times Higher Education, NTU is placed 2nd among the global top 150 universities under the age of 50.

Says Prof Andersson: “While the methodologies are different, these two rankings from QS and Times Higher both demonstrate NTU’s rapid growth as a university that is well-recognised internationally. NTU is also one of the youngest among the young universities, which means that we have the potential to grow our standing further.”

With the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine enrolling its first students in 2013, NTU is also gaining recognition in related areas, such as in biomedicine and life sciences.

In the QS Asian University Rankings 2016, NTU is ranked 3rd among Asia’s top 200 universities.

Top-100 global university

In 2016, NTU is ranked 54th worldwide in Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

No. 1 in research impact

NTU is No. 1 in normalised citation impact amongst the top Asian universities (Thomson Reuters InCites 2015). Similar data by Elsevier and the Leiden Ranking by Leiden University's Centre for Science and Technology Studies also point to NTU being first amongst the top Asian universities in citation impact.
In the 2016 Nature Index, NTU is ranked No. 1 in Singapore among universities as well as among research institutions. Globally, NTU is ranked 32nd among universities and 37th among the global research institutions. The Nature Index database tracks the author affiliations of 60,000 high-quality scientific articles each year, and ranks more than 8,500 institutions based on their research output.
NTU also ranks 5th, ahead of other heavyweights such as Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and Oxford University, and 8th when benchmarked with all research institutions globally.
In Physical Sciences, NTU was placed 27th among universities and 34th overall.​

Growing international stature

According to Thomson Reuters and Elsevier, NTU’s research delivers the highest impact in Asia.  In 2014, it made a strong debut at 42nd position in a new Nature Index for high quality research. In 2016, NTU was ranked 37nd – and Singapore’s top institution in research.

According to Essential Science Indicators (2015), NTU’s engineering research output is among the top five universities globally and the fifth most cited worldwide 

The Nanyang Business School (College of Business) is the leading business school in Singapore and takes its place among the top business schools in Asia. The school’s MBA programme has been consistently ranked top in Singapore since 2004. The Nanyang Business School is one of only three in Asia to be awarded both the EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accreditations - international hallmarks of quality.

NTU’s accounting research has been ranked first in Asia and seventh in the world by Brigham Young University. NTU is also the best globally in auditing research. In addition, the Nanyang Business School is home to Asia’s top accounting researcher, Prof Tan Hun Tong (ranked first in the world).

The S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), an autonomous graduate institution of NTU, runs the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies, long recognised as a world authority on strategic studies and security research. It is ranked 31st amongst university-affiliated think-tanks in the world.

NTU is also the first university in Asia to receive the maximum five stars under the QS Stars evaluation system. Other universities with the same five-star rating include University of Cambridge, Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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