AsianScientist (Oct. 30, 2013) – The Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings 2013 ranks world class universities on their teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. Here’s a list of prestigious Asian universities that scored a spot in the top ten.
The University of Tokyo (Japan)
Research from the top-ranked University of Tokyo has earned the hallowed institution multiple Nobel prizes. More than 80 researchers at the Earthquake Research Institute study seismic and volcanic activity and may play a crucial role in the prediction of future quakes.
National University of Singapore (Singapore)
This institution is an all-rounded university that provides student exchange opportunities, double degrees with top universities such as Yale University and Duke University, and a vibrant residential life with opportunities to dabble in arts, culture and sports.
The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Founded in 1911, Hong Kong’s oldest university has set up learning projects outside the classroom to help its students gain knowledge beyond their field of study. Also, it offers researchers the opportunity to carry out China-related studies.
Peking University (China)
China’s top university has played a significant role in the country’s history by educating its students about their roots. A member of the C9 League (an alliance of the nine top Chinese universities), the university is known not only for its successful science research and teaching, but also for its traditional Chinese architecture.
Pohang University of Science and Technology (Republic of Korea)
Ranked as the top university in South Korea, the science and technology research-oriented institution has built a laboratory with a sophisticated X-ray machine used in cancer research and nanotechnology. Furthermore, the university’s Pohang Institute of Intelligent Robotics stands as Korea’s only intelligent robotics research center.
Tsinghua University (China)
With 36 professors as members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 32 professors as members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Tsinghua University is well known as a world-class institution for training scientists and engineers as well as fostering talent and scientific research.
Kyoto University (Japan)
This institution’s well-known alumnus Hideki Yukawa is Japan’s first Nobel laureate, receiving physics’ highest honor in 1949. Since then, there have been four more prize winners from Kyoto University, among them Shinya Yamanaka, who received the 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his research on induced pluripotent stem cells.
Seoul National University (Republic of Korea)
South Korea’s first national university was founded in 1946 by merging ten institutions of higher education around Seoul. It is known for promoting liberal education and is currently building on drug development research.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
Overlooking a clear blue water bay, the campus is highly integrated with the community by hosting science camps and other programs. It is the only specialized science and technology university in Hong Kong, and the only institution boasting an all-PhD faculty.
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Republic of Korea)
This institution is Korea’s first research-oriented university specializing in science and engineering. Researchers at KAIST have conducted cross-disciplinary research ranging from biotechnology and nanotechnology to space technology.
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