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NUS ranked 3rd best university in Asia

23 May 2011

NUS has once again been ranked amongst the top three universities in Asia according to the 2011 QS Asian University Rankings released today. The University performed well across most of the indicators, and was ranked 1st in Asia for employer reputation and 2nd in Asia for academic reputation, international faculty and international students.

On the results of the rankings, NUS Deputy President (Academic Affairs) and Provost Prof Tan Eng Chye said: “This is a strong affirmation of the outstanding work by our faculty and staff in research and education.”

“Asian universities stand at an exciting phase of their development, and we observed great advances being forged by universities in China, South Korea and the rest of Asia. As a global university centred in Asia, we will continue to build strong alliances with partner institutions from around the world to leap-frog ahead. Leveraging on our insights and expertise in Asia, we will work closely with our Asian and global partners to contribute to setting the pace and trends in Asia and the world, in selected areas of education, scholarship, and its application,” added Prof Tan.

Launched in 2009, the QS Asian University Rankings is published annually and ranks Asia’s top 200 universities based on relevant criteria, including academic peer review, recruiter review, student/faculty ratio, papers per faculty, citations per paper, international faculty review, international student review, student exchange inbound and student exchange outbound. Over 400 universities are assessed each year.

NUS has done well in the QS World University Rankings® by Subject, which have been released in phases since March 2011. The University was ranked 1st in Asia for Mathematics; Metallurgy and Materials; Medicine; Civil and Structural Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing; as well as Computer Science and Information Systems, and second in Asia for the rest of the subject rankings for Natural Sciences; Life Sciences and Medicine; and Engineering and Technology. NUS was also amongst the world’s top 30 across all the disciplines in these subject rankings.

As follows is a summary of the 2011 subject rankings that QS has published so far. More results – the Social Sciences and Management Rankings and the Arts and Humanities Rankings – are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

  Asian Ranking World Ranking
Natural Sciences    
Chemistry 2 15
Environmental Sciences 2 14
Metallurgy and Materials 1 12
Mathematics 1 23
Physics and Astronomy 2 20
Life Sciences and Medicine    
Biological Sciences 2 28
Medicine 1 18
Psychology 2 22
Engineering and Technology    
Chemical Engineering 1 10
Civil and Structural Engineering 1 7
Computer Science and Information Systems 1 12
Electrical Engineering 1 10
Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing 1 10

For details of both 2011 QS Asian University Rankings and the QS World University Rankings® by Subject, please click here.