Published on 03 Mar 2021

NTU's Engineering Subjects in Global Top 12

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) is ranked 4th in the world for Engineering & Technology in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

NTU's engineering disciplines are ranked among the world’s top 12. They are: Materials Science (1st), Electrical & Electronic Engineering (4th), Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering (5th), Chemical Engineering (6th), Civil & Structural Engineering (7th), Computer Science & Information Systems (12th).

An NTU spokesperson said, “The QS subject rankings clearly show that our faculty are leading contributors of cutting-edge research in many disciplines, especially in NTU’s established strengths across engineering, science, business, education, and the arts and social sciences that generate a steady flow of ideas to fuel Singapore's innovation system. In 2020, the US News & World Report also ranked NTU first globally for Materials Science for the fourth consecutive year. The subject areas where NTU is ranked at the top globally represent highly interdisciplinary areas. This is a testament to the achievements of our faculty and students in interdisciplinary education and research, and will position NTU well to address major challenges of importance to Singapore and the world, such as climate change and global pandemics.

“NTU today is a talent magnet, attracting some of the world's best professors, most promising young scientists and top students. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, our professors continue to show immense dedication in educating our students and pursuing their world-class research, which has strengthened NTU’s global reputation. Our graduates have also shown the value of their NTU education and contributed to the university’s enhanced reputation among employers worldwide.”

Broad gains across many subject areas

NTU’s Engineering disciplines lead the university’s strong showing in this year’s rankings. Other than clinching the No. 1 spot in Materials Science after being in 3rd position globally for three consecutive years, NTU also did well in Electrical & Electronic Engineering and in Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering which are ranked 4th position and 5th position in the world respectively. Chemical Engineering moved up by five places to 6th position while Civil & Structural Engineering and Computer Science & Information Systems are ranked 7th position and 12th position respectively. All NTU engineering subjects have improved their ranking and are placed in the top 12 globally.

Commenting on NTU’s performance, Mr Ben Sowter, Senior Vice President at QS said, “Nanyang Technological University can claim to be one of the world’s most-improved institutions over the past year. These improvements are based on NTU’s increasing research power: we have seen the number of NTU programmes scoring 90/100 or more for our research impact indicator increase from 9 to 10, and two of NTU’s departments – Chemistry and Materials Science – receive perfect scores for research productivity. Backed by world-class faculty and sensible strategic investment, we anticipate NTU continuing to drive outstanding research, teaching, and employability outcomes.”

This year’s QS World University Rankings by Subject highlights the world’s top universities in 51 subject areas. The rankings are based on four main indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per paper and the H-index in the relevant subject.

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