For the third consecutive year, National University of Singapore (NUS) nabbed the number one spot in the 2016 QS Regional University Rankings for Asia, followed by University of Hong Kong - its second consecutive year as runner up. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) replaced last year’s KAIST in 3rd place, as KAIST takes a dramatic fall to 6th place. Speaking of dramatic, this year China’s Tsinghua University entered the top ten of Asia at number 5, as compared to its last year’s place at 11.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong moved up from 5 and 9 in 2015 to 4 and 7 in 2016 respectively, while The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) fell back, from 6th place in 2015 to 8th place in 2016. While none hold place as top in the region, Hong Kong’s universities clearly dominate this year’s rankings once again.
Between the top 11-50, Japan dominated over China in both number and ranking, with seven of South Korea’s universities following behind. National Taiwan University (NTU) gained a position from 22nd in 2015 to 21st this year, while Malaysia’s Universiti Malaya (UM) placed 27th instead of the previous 29th. Moreover, Malaysia’s Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) takes place as a newcomer in Asia’s top 50, at 49th from 66th place in 2015 - although Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) suffers the opposite as it falls out of the top 50.
India’s universities rejoice as both their rankings and numbers increase in this year’s rankings, with Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) and Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) up by a few places each at 33rd, 35th and 36th respectively, and Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) at 43rd and Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) at 48th newly entering the list.
So, where in Asia are you headed to for your studies?