NUS has risen four places to be ranked 11th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2019. NUS is the best university in Asia and is also placed in the top 1 per cent of the world’s top universities.
In addition, NUS was placed 10th in the latest Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities rankings published earlier this week, the only Singapore university to clinch a spot in the top 10 universities on the prestigious list.
NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye said that the University is pleased to see NUS' continued recognition as among the world's leading universities, and in Asia. “NUS has distinguished itself in the area of academic as well as employer reputation, and continues to ramp up its research performance. We are grateful for the excellent work by our very talented community,” he said.
Elaborating on the University's plans, Prof Tan said, “The future of work in Singapore and around the world is changing rapidly. More than ever, universities around the world need to bring distinctive value to the communities that we serve. As Singapore's flagship university, NUS will vigorously pursue our strategy of promoting and enabling lifelong learning, where NUS graduates can continually develop new competencies to excel in Singapore and around the world. We will also continue to push boundaries to pioneer new models of education and generate research discoveries that could have a deep impact on society.”
Mr Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, shared that despite the stiff competition among the top 15 institutions in the QS World University Rankings, NUS' brand remained strong and was ranked 11th in academic reputation for the second year running. “NUS has strengthened its year-on-year research profile to gain four places in this year's ranking — an impressive achievement in such a competitive global environment. This iteration sees NUS re-establish itself as Asia's number one,” he said.
Surveying more than 83,000 academics and over 42,000 employers, the QS World University Rankings 2019 ranked the world's top 1,000 universities from 85 countries. Six performance indicators — academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, and proportions of international faculty and international students — were used in the assessment of a university's strengths in research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
On the University's impressive placement among the top innovative universities in Asia Pacific, Prof Tan said that NUS has actively fostered innovation over the last decade by driving multidisciplinary research and strengthening international linkages with leading laboratories around the world. “The relentless pursuit of research excellence by our dedicated faculty members, researchers, staff and students has significantly broadened and deepened the impact of NUS' high quality research. We will continue to advance science and technology with novel discoveries and accelerate their translation into innovative solutions that could benefit Singaporeans and the global community,” he added.