SINGAPORE: Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has been ranked second in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) ranking of the world’s best young universities that are under 50 years old.
The university jumped three spots, overtaking three other Asian universities which were ahead of NTU last year. It is also the only Singapore university listed in the Top 150 Under 50 ranking.
Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne retained the top spot while Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was placed third on the list.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said: “NTU has been making good progress and is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching, research and innovation. This latest league table reflects the talent and dedication of our faculty, the quality of our students, the growing global impact of our research and the strong support of our alumni and industry partners.”
“It also shows that Asia is the place to be, with Asian universities in four out of the top six places. As they continue to ascend, competition within Asia will further intensify as the region's universities strive to become leading global education and research institutions,” he added.
On NTU, which has risen 114 places in the rankings over the last four years, Times Higher Education's rankings editor Phil Baty said the new list “confirms NTU’s status among the world elite”.
“To have achieved so much in just 25 years of existence, while other universities have required centuries of development, is extraordinary,” he added.
The 150 Under 50 list uses the same 13 performance indicators found in the overall THE World University Rankings, but with a reduced weighting on academic reputation to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities.
The indicators are grouped together into five categories: Teaching (30 per cent), research (30 per cent), citations (30 per cent), international outlook (7.5 per cent) and industry income (2.5 per cent).