NTU surges 15 places in latest Times Higher Education university rankings

NTU surges 15 places in latest Times Higher Education university rankings

Thursday, 02 October 2014

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The Independent Singapore (Online)

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) continues to rocket up the international academic league tables, leaping 15 places to 61st spot in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings published today.

With the latest jump, NTU has made a quantum leap of 108 places in the last 3 years. NTU’s growing international reputation and its continued solid performance in terms of citations, teaching environment and research were behind this upward trend.

For the second consecutive year, NTU scored full marks and maintained its No. 1 global position for industry income and innovation for industry income and innovation. This measures a university’s knowledge transfer by looking at how much research income an institution earns from industry, scaled against the number of its academic staff. It is a testament to NTU’s significant contribution to the Singapore economy and industrial employment.

NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “The latest Times Higher ranking marks another milestone for our young university, which has also been on an upward trend in other global leagues. By continuing to attract the best and brightest professors and students from Singapore and around the world, I expect that NTU will break into Times Higher’s top 50 universities in a few years’ time.”

Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings, said, “NTU is the outstanding success story of the THE World University Rankings – it has moved up the prestigious league table an extraordinary 108 places in the last three years, making it the best performer in the top 200 in recent times. The THE World University Rankings are the most balanced of all global rankings, using 13 separate performance indicators to judge world-class universities against their full range of activities (teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook) so it has proven itself against globally trusted, rigorous and comprehensive performance benchmarks. NTU is an exceptional achievement that stands as a case study for the rest of the region and the rest of the world.”

NTU scored well for its international outlook, as reflected in the diversity of its students and faculty on campus and the extent that NTU academics collaborate with their international counterparts on research projects.

On the importance of global collaboration and exposure, Prof Andersson said, “International partnerships are essential in research today, as many fundamental problems the world is facing require solutions that come from different perspectives and specialties.

“NTU itself is a microcosm of the world with students, professors and staff representing 100 nationalities. By interacting with people of different backgrounds and cultures on campus and overseas, our students, faculty and researchers benefit immensely from being exposed to different approaches and world views.”

The latest ranking builds on NTU Singapore’s impressive performance across other higher education league tables. Last week, the university took pole position in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Top 50 Under 50 rankings, a league of young universities 50 years old or younger.

In last month’s QS World University Rankings, NTU made its best showing ever at 39th place. NTU’s standing with international employers rose by 7 places to No. 35, its highest ever. More significantly, NTU rose to 9th place for Engineering and Technology worldwide. This mirrors the university’s results in the recent Shanghai Jiaotong Academic Ranking of World Universities, where NTU was placed 12th for Engineering globally and No. 1 in Asia.

While the QS rankings focus on five criteria including academic and employer reviews, the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings uses 13 performance indicators that cut across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“Each ranking uses different methodologies and emphasises different things, offering their perspective of what makes a good institution. Whilst they serve as a general indicator of a university’s international standing, prospective students should also consider other intangible factors such as a well-integrated and holistic university experience,” advised Prof Andersson.

Prof Andersson added that NTU offers students a vibrant campus life and global opportunities. Each year, it tracks student satisfaction of their university experience by conducting surveys which see more than 11,000 students participating. This year’s NTU Student Experience Survey shows more than 85% satisfaction.

For more information on the Times Higher Education rankings, visit: www.timeshighereducation.co.uk.

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.

Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north, and a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.


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Source: The Independent Singapore (Online)