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First in Singapore to make the Nature Publishing Index Global Top 100 list

21 March 2013

NUS is one of the top 100 research institutions in the world, according to the latest Nature Publishing Index (NPI) released today. The first institution in Singapore to break into this global list at the 76th position, the University was also placed 9th among Nature's 2012 ranking of research institutions and countries in the Asia Pacific region.

The rankings, published by one of the most highly respected and oldest publishers in the academic and professional scientific community, were based on output of research articles in 2012 in 18 Nature-branded primary research journals.

In the NPI Asia Pacific 2012 supplement where the rankings were featured, NUS was described as "a rising star, particularly in the physical sciences, chemistry, IT and life science collaborations." The supplement was released together with the 20 March 2013 issue of Nature, which is widely recognised as one of the world's most highly cited weekly multidisciplinary journals.

Said NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan: "We are delighted that NUS has continued to make strong progress as a leading research university. Many NUS researchers have achieved international recognition in areas such as engineering, computer science, life sciences and biomedicine, social sciences and natural sciences. In particular, our groundbreaking research in areas such as quantum technologies, mechanobiology, cancer and graphene, have made significant impact within the international research community."

Believing that NUS' strong performance in the latest rankings by the Nature Publishing Group is a reflection of the University's commitment to high quality, high impact research, he added: "We will continue to pursue excellence and push the frontiers of research for the benefit of Singapore and the world."

NUS Deputy President (Research and Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor Barry Halliwell said: "The quality of research in Singapore generally and at NUS in particular has increased enormously in the past 10 years or so. Naturally that is being reflected in an increased number of papers in the small number of very top journals, the Nature journals of course being a prominent member of that group. We are very pleased with the recognition."

Ranked 110th on the Nature list in 2011, this year's 76th position is a significant leap up the charts for NUS. The same goes for the University's regional ranking which has risen from 16th to 9th.

Said Executive Editor of Nature and Global Head of Macmillan Science Communication, Mr Nick Campbell: "The National University of Singapore has a long-standing record of producing good quality research, which only makes its relatively large increase in the newly released 2012 Nature Publishing Index all the more impressive. My congratulations to all research leaders and researchers at NUS that contributed to this result."