NUS and NTU ranked best in Asia in latest QS World University Rankings

They are ranked the world’s 11th and 12th, respectively.

Amanda Tan

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Published: 7 April 2022, 4:32 PM

Local universities National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) were ranked as the best in Asia by the QS World University Rankings, an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).

NUS and NTU were ranked 11th and 12th respectively on the global list, out of 1,300 universities from around the world.

Released on Wednesday (Apr 6), the rankings were generated based on six key factors – academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty or student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.

While the overall global rankings have remained more or less the same as with previous years, the subject rankings have seen a great improvement this year, with NUS’ Anthropology moving up from 14th to 10th place and NUS’ Linguistics jumping from 17th to 10th.

These two academic programmes are part of the 16 that have made it to the top 10 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. 

NTU also has seven programmes in the top 10 list and has improved across five broad subject areas, with Engineering & Technology maintaining its global 4th position from 2021.


According to the rankings, Singapore has the fourth-best higher education system in the world, after the United States, Britain and Switzerland. PHOTO CREDIT: PANG YUHAO VIA UNSPLASH


“We are delighted that NUS continues to be among Asia’s best universities. We are in the top 10 in 16 subject areas in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. NUS is also in the top 10 in two (of five) broad categories – Engineering & Technology and Social Sciences & Management – in the same rankings,” said NUS Senior Deputy President and Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua on the university’s website. 

“This is high international recognition of our world-leading faculty, talented students, staff and alumni, and will serve as strong encouragement for all of us at NUS.”

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