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NUS tops Asia in latest QS World University Rankings

NUS has clinched the top Asian university spot in the 2013/2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. It also advanced to the 24th position in the world rankings, one notch up from last year.

The QS World University Rankings assesses more than 800 universities in the world based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, and proportions of international students and international faculty. Responses from 62,094 academics and 27,957 employers were taken into consideration, making both surveys the largest of their kind in the world.

Besides being placed 9th in the world for academic reputation, and 16th for employer reputation, NUS has also made significant improvement in the number of research papers published and citations generated. Its faculty areas were ranked as follows: Arts & Humanities (17), Engineering & Technology (7), Life Sciences & Medicine (27), Natural Sciences (11) and Social Sciences & Management (9).

NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan was pleased with the latest results which reflect Singapore’s strong support for higher education and the ethos of continually seeking excellence.

“NUS has strived to differentiate itself as a global university centred in Asia through educational innovation, multidisciplinary research and strategic partnerships. We will continue to keep a sharp focus on nurturing and recruiting talented academics, staff and students, while providing a conducive environment for this thriving community to pioneer advances in education and research and its application that will have a strong positive impact on Singapore and society,” Prof Tan said.

Mr Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS said: “This year’s QS World University Rankings identifies NUS as Asia’s leading institution on the world stage. Despite operating in increasingly competitive territory, NUS continues to progress and our results suggest that securing a position in the world’s top 20 is only a matter of time. For an example of consistent strategic development and implementation for a large, comprehensive university, both in terms of performance and recognition, look no further than NUS.”

The full results of the 2013/2014 QS World University Rankings are available on

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