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The world’s best young university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), has continued its spectacular rise up the global league tables as is now on the brink of the world’s top 10 in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) world university rankings released today.
The 11th place is the highest ever achieved by an Asian university in the QS global ranking, and also makes NTU Singapore the country’s No. 1 university.
NTU’s achievement in the QS ranking is even more significant as it is only 26 years old. It has held the top spot in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings for universities below 50 years old in the last three years, another unprecedented feat.
NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, said, “This No. 11 spot is the highest position a young university has attained in the QS world university rankings. I hope NTU’s success, which is built on hard work, determination and a mindset of change, will be an inspiration to other young universities in the world.”
“As a young university, we have been in hyper drive – ramping up research, designing innovative academic and research programmes, building new facilities and more. All these have been achieved in a short time because of the firm commitment of the faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees, and the strong support of the alumni and our donors,” said Prof Anderson who joined NTU as Provost 10 years ago and was appointed the university president in 2011.
Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds, said, “The fact that an institution of NTU’s youth and profile finds itself on the brink of the world’s top 10 is a remarkable achievement and a testament to a concentrated, selective funding model, strong and consistent leadership, sticking with an ambitious tactical plan and a radical approach to international partnerships and collaboration.”
In the last month alone, NTU Singapore has announced tie-ups with heavyweights such as the Smart City World Labs, a Danish consortium, Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Canada’s University of British Columbia. This builds on its already impressive list of 400 academic and research partnerships with institutions across the world.
The 11th spot is NTU Singapore’s best showing ever, after climbing 26 places in 2015 to be ranked 13th globally, a position it maintained in 2016. NTU has rapidly shot up the QS world rankings, vaulting 63 places since 2010.
On the secrets of the university’s meteoric rise, Prof Andersson said, “There are three success factors and they are people, people and people. NTU Singapore has attracted the best talents – top faculty, promising, upcoming investigators and the brightest students.
“The future looks very positive for NTU. Today, young and upcoming scientists make up 8% of our faculty but they account for almost 40% of NTU’s citations in top research journals. They represent the NTU of tomorrow.”
He added that Singapore is a country that firmly believes in the importance of education and research, and investing in it. The government’s move to corporatise the university in 2006 allowed it the flexibility to chart its own strategic directions as an autonomous university.
Today, NTU Singapore leads Asia’s top universities in normalised citation impact in research according to data by Clarivate Analytics’ InCites and is also ranked 4th worldwide in engineering and technology by QS.
Boasting one of the world‘s largest engineering colleges, the university has built up a strong reputation for innovation in its short 26-year history, and strong industry ties. In the last five years, NTU Singapore has established joint labs on its sprawling 200-hectare campus with leading international players such as Rolls Royce, BMW, Johnson Matthey, Lockheed Martin and Singapore’s ST Engineering.
The sole teacher training institute in Singapore, all of the nation’s PISA leading teachers are educated at NTU. The university has some of the world’s first self-driving vehicles already navigating the campus. It has made frequent forays into space, with 7 of its satellites orbiting earth, the most recent satellite launched from the International Space Station in January this year.
Another first – NTU scientists announced last week the development of new solar cells made from the “wonder material” Perovskite that could potentially transform the renewable industry. One of its students summited Everest just two weeks ago, the first from a Singaporean team to reach the peak since 2009.
A global mindset
Young and ambitious, NTU Singapore adopts a global mindset whether in education or research.
In this latest ranking, NTU’s international faculty continued to rank 19th worldwide, while its academic reputation improved by 3 positions at 50th, and citations per faculty by 7 places at 57th. NTU made its biggest improvement in employer reputation, rising 10 places to rank 38th internationally.
NTU has an ambitious goal for 8 in 10 of its students to have at least one overseas exposure during their undergraduate studies, such as through student exchange, internship, field trips and summer programmes.
Setting up a joint medical school with Imperial College London in 2010 to alleviate Singapore’s shortage of doctors, NTU’s first batch of medical students will graduate next year.
Its flagship Renaissance Engineering Programme has successfully attracted the brightest students each year, in contrast to the global lack of interest in STEM programmes. Among its selling points is the strong overseas immersion offered as the programme includes one year of studies at University of California, Berkeley, Northwestern University, Imperial College London or University of British Columbia, and internships in Silicon Valley and other parts of USA and Europe.
Investment in one of the world’s most beautiful campuses
NTU’s campus has also attracted much attention internationally. Frequently named among the world’s top 15 most beautiful1, its buildings not only have beautiful forms but also function well in environmental sustainability.
Among them is the iconic project The Hive by British designer Thomas Heatherwick that has innovative, energy-saving features. As the centrepiece of the flipped classroom model of learning that the university is driving strongly, The Hive has redefined the traditional classroom.
The Wave, a newly opened sports complex with an eye-catching roof is built using mass engineered timber with wood harvested from sustainably managed forests. The three-storey building can support a continuous 72-metre wooden roof without the need for internal columns.
The NTU campus has to date taken a record haul of 51 Green Mark Platinum awards – Singapore’s highest certification for sustainable buildings – from the country’s Building and Construction Authority. This has resulted in the university becoming the first recipient of the Green Mark Platinum Star Champion award, the highest accolade in Singapore for outstanding commitment for sustainable design.
More than 900 universities from over 80 countries are ranked in this year's QS World University Rankings. Based on six performance indicators, universities are assessed in four areas: research, teaching, employability and internationalisation.
For more information on the QS World University Rankings, visit: https://www.topuniversities.com/qs-world-university-rankings.
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