AsianScientist (Sep. 8, 2017) – Asia’s universities put up a strong showing in this year’s Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2017-2018. For the first time under the current methodology, there are now three Asian universities in the top 30 of the ranking.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) leads the charge of Asian Universities, advancing two places from 2016 to come in at 22nd place this year. This puts it ahead of Carnegie Mellon University (24th position) and on par with the University of Toronto.
NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, said that he was “delighted by [this] strong endorsement of the global reputation, high quality and deep impact of NUS’ education and research.”
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, also climbed two positions to rank 52nd place this year.
Meanwhile, universities from China and Hong Kong made significant inroads into the top 50. Peking University has risen two places to 27th position, which puts it on a par with New York University and the University of Edinburgh and ahead of the Karolinska Institute (38th place).
Tsinghua University has climbed five places to 30th place, overtaking the University of Melbourne (32nd place), Georgia Institute of Technology (33rdplace), LMU Munich (34th place) and École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (38th place). Both those Chinese institutions have improved in terms of their reputations for teaching and research this year.
The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong University of Science and technology also came in at 40th and 44th place, respectively. Additionally, the Chinese University of Hong Kong made a huge 18-rank leap to 58th position. This was attributed to significant gains in its reputation for research and teaching and improvements in its scores for citations and industry income.
Overall, mainland China is now the Asia’s most successful territory, dominating the ranking with seven top-200 universities.
Source: Times Higher Education; Photo: Shutterstock.
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