Singapore Institution Tops Again in 2015 QS Asia University Rankings

By EasyUni Staff | Last modified 11 Nov 2017
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2015 2014 University Location
1 1 National University of Singapore Singapore
2 3 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
3 2 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST) South Korea
4 7 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
5 5 The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology Hong Kong
6 6 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
7 8 Peking University China
8 4 Seoul National University South Korea
9 11 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
10 9 Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
11 14 Tsinghua University China
12 10 The University of Tokyo Japan
13 13 Osaka University Japan
14 12 Kyoto University Japan
15 15 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
16 22 Fudan University China
17 17 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
18 16 Yonsei University South Korea
19 18 Korea University South Korea
20 18 Tohoku University Japan
21 20 Nagoya University Japan
22 21 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
23 25 University of Science & Technology of China China
24 28 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
25 23 Hokkaido University Japan
26 26 Nanjing University China
27 27 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
28 24 Kyushu University Japan
29 32 University Malaya (UM) Malaysia
30 29 Hanyang University South Korea

(Source: QS University Rankings: Asia 2015)


On the other hand, the Chinese has 25 institutions among the top 100 in Asia, far outstripping its big neighbour – India with 9. Peking University steps into the top seventh this year while Tsinghua University rises from 14th to 11th.


“The majority of the ranked Chinese institutions are increasing their research output, spurred by the impressive and sustained level of public and private investment, second only to the US. However, the country’s leading universities are still lagging behind in terms of research citation numbers, which reveal the impact of the research they produce,” said Ben Sowter, head of research at QS.


Addressing India’s mediocre ranking performances, Sowter explained that the indian universities did not have the luxury of enjoying large funding compared to their Chinese counterparts.

In Malaysia, the University of Malaya (UM) has successfully broken into the top 30 list. The nation’s oldest university was 20 spots ahead of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), which took the 49th place, up from 57th place a year earlier. Sowter highlighted that Malaysia’s focus on education and innovation is reflected in the improvements in ranking among the country’s top universities.

The other Asian countries featured in the top 300 are: Thailand with 11 universities, Pakistan with 10 universities, both Hong Kong and Indonesia with 7 universities respectively, Philippines with 4 universities, Bangladesh with 2 universities, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Vietnam and Macau with 1 university each.


Note: The QS Asia University Rankings grades the top 300 tertiary education institutions in Asia on nine key performance indicators, including academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (10%), faculty/student ratio (20%), citations per paper (15%), papers per faculty (15%), proportion of international faculty (2.5%) and students (2.5%), and the proportion of inbound (2.5%) and outbound exchange students (2.5%).

Posted on 09 Oct 2017