QS University Rankings 2018: Asia

LONDON, October 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Asia's Leading Universities: Announced 


QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, have today named Asia's leading 426 universities. The 2018 edition of the QS World University Rankings: Asia sees Nanyang Technological University take the number-one spot from compatriot National University of Singapore (2nd).

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  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) rises from 4th to 3rd;
  • South Korea's KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology rises from 6th to 4th;
  • China's top university remains Tsinghua University, which falls from 5th to 6th;
  • China's Fudan University is the only new entrant into the top 10 this year; it has risen from 11th to 7th;
  • The top 50 features universities from Japan (11), China and South Korea (9); Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Taiwan (5); India (3); Singapore (2); and Thailand (1);
  • Malaysian universities make particularly noteworthy improvements this year, with three of its universities breaking into the top 50;

                     Table 1: QS University Rankings 2018: Asia (Top 10)
         2018 Rank            2017 Rank       Institution              Country/Territory
             1                    3           NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL
                                              UNIVERSITY (NTU)                 SG
             2                    1           NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF
                                              SINGAPORE (NUS)                  SG
             3                    4           THE HONG KONG
                                              UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE
                                              AND TECHNOLOGY (HKUST)           HK
             4                    6           KAIST - KOREA ADVANCED
                                              INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
                                              AND TECHNOLOGY                   KR
             5                    2           UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
                                              (HKU)                            HK
             6                    5           TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY              CN
             7                    11          FUDAN UNIVERSITY                 CN
             8                    7           CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG
                                              KONG                             HK
             9                    9           PEKING UNIVERSITY                CN
             10                   8           THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY
                                              OF HONG KONG (CUHK)              HK
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QS use a unique methodology to calculate this ranking. The methodology is designed to account for the unique challenges facing the region's universities, and features 10 indicators. They are:

  • Academic Reputation (measuring research quality)
  • Employer Reputation (measuring employability)
  • Faculty/Student Ratio (measuring teaching quality)
  • Papers per Faculty (research)
  • Citations per paper (research)
  • International Faculty Ratio (measuring internationalization)
  • Staff with PhD (teaching quality)
  • International Student Ratio (internationalization)
  • Inbound Exchange Students (internationalization)
  • Outbound Exchange Students (internationalization).

A detailed methodology document can be found at http://www.TopUniversities.com, as can the full table.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: "This year's rankings suggest that, in a number of nations, established hierarchies are being disrupted. This is a result of the region's universities continually striving to become competitive, forward-thinking, and internationally attractive."

SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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