Our University Rankings

  • In the 19th QS World University Rankings (WUR) published in June 2022, NTU was ranked 19th position globally and continued to be the only Young university ranked in Top 20 since 2015.  It continued to be ranked 1st position in Singapore in Normalised Citations per Faculty.
  • In the 12th QS World University Rankings (WUR) by Subject published in April 2022, NTU's Engineering & Technology maintained 4th position in the world and 1st position in Asian order rank.  Its Social Sciences and Management was ranked 11th position while its Natural Sciences was ranked 13th position.  Its Arts & Humanities and Life Sciences & Medicine were ranked 5th and 10th position in Asian order rank respectively.  For specific subjects ranking, NTU has a total of seven subjects ranked among the top ten in the world.  NTU's Materials Science was ranked 3rd position globally.  It was followed by Electrical & Electronic (4th), Communication & Media Studies (5th), Chemistry (7th), Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (7th), Chemical (7th), Civil & Structural (8th).  See tables below for the NTU subjects that were ranked in the top 50 globally:
 QS WUR by Subject (Top 50)
​Broad SubjectRank
​Engineering & Technology
​4 (1)*
​Social Sciences & Management​11 (2)
Natural Sciences​13 (2)*
Arts & Humanities​35 (5)
Note: (  ) refers to Asian order rank.  *refers to No. 1 in Singapore.

 QS WUR by Subject (Top 50)
​Specific SubjectRank
​Materials Science
​3 (1)*
​Electrical & Electronic Engineering​4 (1)*
Communication & Media Studies
​5 (1)*
Chemistry​7 (1)*
Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering7 (1)*
​Chemical Engineering7 (2)
Civil & Structural Engineering8 (2)
​Computer Science & Information Systems11 (2)
Education11 (2)*
Environmental Sciences14 (3)
Library & Information Management18 (2)*
Business & Management Studies20 (2)
Accounting & Finance22 (2)
Physics & Astronomy22 (3)
Psychology23 (2)
Linguistics29 (5)
Politics & International Studies30 (2)
Biological Sciences31 (5)
Hospitality & Leisure Management32 (4)*
Mathematics33 (5)
Architecture / Built Environment35 (8)
Art & Design36 (6)
Sport-related Subjects37 (3)*
Statistics & Operational Research38 (5)
Economics & Econometrics41 (6)
Note: (  ) refers to Asian order rank.  *refers to No. 1 in Singapore.


  • In the 11th Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings released in February 2022, NTU was ranked 2nd position in the world and 1st position in Asian order rank.
  • In the Financial Times' (FT) Global MBA Ranking 2022 published in February 2022, NTU's Nanyang Business School was ranked 39th position.  The average weighted annual salary three years after graduation is US$133,948, with a salary percentage increase of 123%.
  • In the 7th THE World's Most International Universities 2022 released in January 2022, NTU was ranked 12th position.
  • In the Academic Institution Nature Index published by Nature Publishing Group in 2021, NTU ranked 42nd position in globally.  Its Physical Sciences and Chemistry were ranked 21st and 22nd position respectively in the world.
  • In the 13th QS Asian University Rankings (AUR) released in November 2021,  NTU continued to be ranked at 3rd position.  Its Normalised Citations per Paper indicator was No. 1 in Singapore for the six consecutive years.
  • In the 8th U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings 2021/22 published in October 2021, NTU's overall rank climbed 5 places to 33rd position and maintained 3rd position in Asian order rank.  For subject rankings, NTU's Material Science, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Condensed Matter Physics and Physical Chemistry subjects were ranked No. 1 in the world.  NTU had 11 subjects ranked in the top 10, up from 8 subjects in 2020.
 U.S. News (Top 10)
​Materials Science
​1 (1)*
​Nanoscience & Nanotechnology​1 (1)*
Condensed Matter Physics
​1 (1)*
Physical Chemistry​1 (1)*
Energy and Fuels2 (2)*
​Engineering2 (2)*
Electrical & Electronic Engineering2 (2)*
​Chemistry3 (1)*
Computer Science4 (2)*
Chemical Engineering5 (5)*
Optics9 (3)*
Note: (  ) refers to Asian order rank.  *refers to No. 1 in Singapore.

  • In the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) 2021/22 published in September 2021, NTU was ranked 46th position in the world and had climbed 128 places over the past 11 years.
  • In the QS full-time MBA ranking published in September 2021, Nanyang Business School MBA's overall rank had moved up by 1 place to 29th position in the world and maintained 2nd position in Asia for programmes offered by a single university.
  • In the 19th ShanghaiRankings's Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021 released in August 2021, NTU was ranked 81st position globally, up by 10 places from last year.  Its Highly Cited Researchers (HiCi) indicator score was ranked 20th position in the world, 2nd position in Asian order rank and continued to be ranked top in Singapore.  NTU had jumped up by 109 places over the past 6 years.
  • In the QS's Global Executive MBA (EMBA) ranking published in June 2021, Nanyang Business School EMBA was ranked 24th position and 2nd position in Asian order rank.
    • In the 6th ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2021 published in June 2021, NTU's Nanoscience & Nanotechnology subject continued to be ranked 1st position globally for five consecutive years.  NTU had 10 subjects ranked in Top 10, up from 5 subjects in 2019.  See table below for the NTU subjects that were ranked in the top 50:
     ShanghaiRanking's GRAS (Top 50)
    Nanoscience & Nanotechnology​1 (1)*
    ​Energy Science & Engineering2 (2)*
    Automation & Control5 (1)*
    Communication5 (1)*
    Telecommunication Engineering6 (6)*​
    ​Instruments Science & Technology6 (6)*​
    Electrical & Electronic Engineering
    8 (2)*
    ​Computer Science & Engineering8 (2)*
    Transportation Science & Technology8 (7)*
    ​Materials Science & Engineering9 (2)*
    11 (2)*
    Civil Engineering13 (5)*
    Chemical Engineering16 (9)
    Marine / Ocean Engineering25 (15)
    Mechanical Engineering32 (15)*
    Biomedical Engineering32 (15)
    Mining & Mineral Engineering36 (20)*
    Aerospace Engineering37 (13)*
    Finance37 (3)
    Library & Information Science43 (8)
    Metallurgical Engineering46 (20)*
    Management48 (7)
    Note: ( ) refers to Asian order rank.  * refers to No. 1 in Singapore.

    • In the 9th Times Higher Education (THE) Asian University Rankings (AUR) published in June 2021, NTU moved up to be among the top five.  NTU continued to be ranked 1st position in Singapore in research citations per paper since 2014.
      • In the global ranking of full-time Master in Business Administration (MBA) programmes published by The Economist (EIU) in January 2021, NTU's Nanyang Business School has maintained the rank of top business school in Singapore for the 15th consecutive years.  NTU's overall rank has jumped up by 35 places to 38th position in the world.  It was ranked 1st position in Asia.

      • In the 10th QS World University Rankings (WUR) Top 50 Under 50 rankings published in June 2020, NTU continued to be ranked 1st position for seven consecutive years among the world’s young (under 50 years) universities.

        • In the 3rd Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings (APAC) released in February 2019, NTU ranked 7th position in Asia-Pacific region.  NTU’s research Citations per Paper (CPP) and Industry Income indicator continued to be the top in Singapore. 
        • In the Financial Times’ Global Executive MBA (EMBA) ranking published in October 2019,  Nanyang Business School was ranked 37th position.

          • In January 2017, NTU was ranked at the 5th most-cited university for engineering research output that was among the top nine universities globally in Engineering by Essential Science Indicators of Thomson Reuters.
          • In the 2016 Global Go To Think Tank rankings published by University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Programme (TTCSP) in January 2017, the NTU School's research centre, Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies (IDSS) ranked 36th position for the Best University Affiliated Think Tanks in the world and ranked 8th position in Asia order rank.

          • In the Times Higher Education (THE) “The World’s Fastest Rising Young Universities” published in March 2015, NTU was ranked as number one with its meteoric rise of 108 places in the rankings in just four years.  THE had shortlisted 15 universities which are less than 50 years old from its top 200 World University Rankings and measured their rise since 2011.  NTU’s growing international reputation and its continued solid performance in terms of citations, teaching environment and research were the several key factors that led it to top spot.
          • In the QS Stars rating system, NTU has continued to achieve the highest rating of Five Stars Plus in 2015 since 2012.  12 universities are awarded this highest rating and only two of them are Asian institutions.  NTU had scored the maximum of five Stars each for all the categories, namely, Teaching, Employability, Research, Internationalisation, Facilities, Innovation, Inclusiveness and Specialist Criteria: Social Sciences & Management.  The Specialist Criteria highlighted Social Sciences & Management to be also a dominant specialisation with many domestic and international accreditation in this field.