NUS has topped the 2018 Times Higher Education (THE) Asia-Pacific University Rankings released on 27 June — the second time that the University has achieved the accolade since the category was introduced in 2017.
NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye said that the University was delighted that it has been recognised as Asia Pacific’s best university for the second consecutive year in the latest THE ranking. He observed that this achievement is a testament of the dedication of the University’s talented staff and students, and a strong recognition of its global reputation for research and educational excellence.
On the University’s plans, he said, “We remain focused on innovating new models of education, intensifying our efforts in developing future-ready graduates and promoting lifelong learning to nurture leaders able to adapt well to the ever-changing global landscape. At the same time, the University will seek to establish itself as a hub in the global innovation and research network by developing strategic partnerships both in Singapore and globally, as well as push the boundaries of collaborative research in multidisciplinary areas for broader and deeper societal impact.”
Mr Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings at THE said that NUS has firmly established itself as the number one university in Asia, based on THE’s balanced and rigorous range of performance metrics, despite rising competition from China. He added that the new data analysis cements NUS’ pre-eminence in the region ever more firmly — confirming that the university is not only number one in Asia, but also across the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia and New Zealand. “NUS’ success story has been remarkable, and a testament to strong political will, solid investment, firm leadership and a restless commitment to innovation,” he said.
Earlier this year, NUS was ranked 11th worldwide and first in Asia in the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings 2019. In addition, the University was ranked 10th in the prestigious Reuters Top 75: Asia Pacific’s Most Innovative Universities rankings 2018.