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    Nanyang Technological University, Singapore: Global Rankings, National Rankings and Subject-wise Rankings 2021

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    Nanyang Technological University is a public institution established in 1991. The institution has a smart campus which is the testbed for Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative. It is home to 24,580 undergraduates and 8,360 graduates. The university has international students representing around 72 countries to study in Malaysia. There are 5 colleges at the university namely College of Engineering, College of Science, Nanyang Business School, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and Graduate College.

    The university ranked 8th in the world and 1st in Asia for Engineering and Technology in the QS subject rankings. It is considered as one of the most preferred institutions for studying masters in Singapore with a record of producing top level graduates. The College of Science is home to Singapore’s first double degree program in Biomedical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine offered in collaboration with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. The college is also ranked 1st in Asia and 4th globally for its program in Chemistry in the U.S. News and World Report 2021. The university has Singapore’s first professional art school that offers degrees in art, design and interactive digital media. Not only this, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is rated top in Asia for studying Communication and Media.

    Nanyang Business School is also among the elite business schools in the world. As per Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2021, MBA graduates witness a salary rise by 107% within 3 years from graduation and have an earning potential of nearly 180,000 SGD. Nanyang Technological University has proved its excellence on various indicators over the years and has become one of the top 50 institutions globally and top 5 institutions in Asia. It has been rewarded with the 9th position in THE World’s Most International Universities 2021.

    Nanyang Technological University Ranking Highlights

    The highlights of the rankings of Nanyang Technological University are given below:

    • It is one of the top public institutions in Singapore ranked #12 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
    • Secured the 47th place in THE World University Rankings 2021.
    • In the U.S. News and World Report 2021, the university ranked #38 in Best Global Universities.

    Nanyang Technological University World Rankings by QS

    QS Top Universities has ranked Nanyang Technological University at the 13th position in World University Rankings 2021. QS has also published rankings for 2022 wherein the university ranked 12th with an overall score of 90.8. Since 2016 the university has maintained its place in the top 15 category out of 1,000 ranked institutions. Moreover, it is the only young university to be ranked in the top 15 globally in the last 6 years.

    It is continuously ranked 1st in Singapore in normalized citations per faculty with a score of 95.5. The university had noteworthy scores in all categories and a perfect 100 in international faculty ratio. The rankings are based on 6 indicators with the following weightage:

    • 40% of academic reputation
    • 20% of faculty-student ratio
    • 20% of citations per faculty
    • 10% of employer review
    • 10% of international orientation

    The individual scores of the university on the indicators used are given in the table below:

    Ranking Criteria Score
    Overall 90.8
    Academic Reputation 91.1
    Citations per Faculty 95.5
    Employer Reputation 85
    Faculty Student Ratio 89.5
    International Faculty Ratio 100
    International Student Ratio 69.6

    The graph given below indicates the world ranking of Nanyang Technological University in the QS World University Rankings between 2012 and 2022:

    Nanyang Technological University Rankings World Rankings by THE

    Nanyang Technological University ranks 47th in THE World University Rankings 2021. The university had an overall score of 72.7. THE uses 5 metrics to rank institutions that include teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. It performs well in the international outlook category with a score of 94. The institution has continuously ranked top in Singapore universities in Citations per Paper. Overall, the university has made remarkable progress in world rankings. It has consistently moved upwards and climbed 127 places within the last 10 years showing its continuous efforts to improve. The scores of NTU on the 5 indicators are given in the table below:

    Indicator Scores
    Overall 72.7
    Teaching 57.1
    Research 71.9
    Citations 83
    Industry Income 83.2
    International Outlook 94

    The ranking trend of Nanyang Technological University in THE World University Rankings between 2011 and 2021 are depicted in the graph below:

    Nanyang Technological University Rankings World Rankings by US News

    In the U.S. News and World Report 2021, Nanyang Technological University ranks #38 in Best Global Universities with a global score of 76.6. The global score and world rank is calculated on the basis of 13 indicators of excellence used by the U.S. News. Out of the 13 indicators, the university ranked #6 in conferences and #17 in regional research reputation. The table below shows the ranks of the university on the 13 indicators in 2021:

    Global Score 76.6
    Global research reputation #44
    Regional research reputation #17
    Publications #85
    Books #49
    Conferences #6
    Normalized citation impact #249
    Total citations #82
    Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited #61
    Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited #72
    International collaboration - relative to country #612
    International collaboration #93
    Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #53
    Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #90

    Nanyang Technological University Rankings in Asia

    Nanyang Technological University ranks among the top 5 universities in Asia in the latest THE, QS as well as U.S. News rankings for 2021. THE has moved up to the top 5 category in Asia University Rankings 2021. It ranked at the 3rd place in both QS Asian University Rankings and U.S. News Best Global Universities in Asia. The rankings are summarized in the table below:

    Category 2021 Rank
    THE Asia University Rankings #5
    QS Asian University Rankings #3
    U.S. News Best Global Universities in Asia #3

    Nanyang Technological University Subject-wise Ranking by QS

    QS WUR Ranking by Subject published its 11th edition in 2021 wherein 26 programs offered by Nanyang Technological University broadly categorized into 4 disciplines were ranked. The 4 broad disciplines included Engineering and Technology ranked 4th, Natural Sciences ranked 14th, Social Sciences and Management ranked 17th and Arts and Humanities ranked 41st. Among the 26 subjects ranked, Materials Science outperformed the others and bagged the 1st position in the world as well as Asia.

    Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering and Technology and Communication and Media Studies also ranked 1st in Asia and in the top 10 in the world. The rankings for the top 10 subjects offered by NTU according to QS WUR Ranking by Subject 2021 are as follows:

    Subject 2021 World Rank 2021 Asian Rank
    Materials Science #1 #1
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering #4 #1
    Mechanical Engineering #5 #1
    Engineering & Technology #4 #1
    Communication and Media Studies #6 #1
    Chemical Engineering #6 #2
    Civil and Structural Engineering #7 #2
    Chemistry #8 #2
    Education and Training #9 #2
    Computer Science and Information Systems #12 #2

    Besides these, Environmental Sciences, Library and Information Management, Physics and Astronomy and Business and Management Studies ranked in the top 20 in the world. Library and Information Management secured the 1st rank in Asia in the QS WUR Ranking by Subject 2021.

    Nanyang MBA ranked 30th in the QS MBA ranking in 2020 after moving up by 13 places. The MBA program occupied the 24th position for thought leadership and 29th for diversity. Discussing the ranking criteria more elaborately, the Return on Investment and Employability indicators improved by 37 and 10 places respectively and ranked at the 44th and 39th positions. It bagged the 2nd rank in Asia for programs offered by a single university.

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    Nanyang Technological University Subject-wise Ranking by US News

    The U.S. News and World Report 2021 ranked 24 programs taught by the Nanyang Technological University. Out of all the subjects ranked, 8 were among the top 10 in the world. Materials Science and Nanoscience and Nanotechnology had the 1st rank in Singapore, Asia as well as the world. All the other subjects ranked in the top 10 in the world such as Engineering, Energy and Fuels, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, ranked at the 1st position in Singapore and top 3 in Asia.

    The university showed progress as in 2019 only 5 subjects from NTU ranked in the top 10 while in 2021, 8 subjects made it to the top 10. A comparison of the subject rankings in Singapore, Asia and the world are given in the table below:

    Subject 2021 World Rank 2021 Asia Rank 2021 Singapore Rank
    Materials Science #1 #1 #1
    Nanoscience & Nanotechnology #1 #1 #1
    Energy and Fuels #1 #1 #1
    Engineering #3 #2 #1
    Chemical Engineering #3 #3 #1
    Chemistry #4 #1 #1
    Electrical & Electronic #4 #3 #1
    Computer Science #7 #2 #1
    Civil Engineering #13 - -
    Mechanical Engineering #33 - -

    Nanyang Technological University Subject-wise Ranking by THE

    In THE subject rankings 2021, 5 subjects offered by the Nanyang Technological University were ranked. On the top of the list was Engineering and Technology at the 15th position followed by Physical Sciences at the 40th position. Another subject ranked in the top 100 was Life Sciences. The other 2 subjects i.e. Clinical, Pre-clinical and Health and Arts and Humanities also made it to the top 150. The complete THE subject rankings are summarized in the table below:

    Subject 2021 Rank
    Engineering and Technology #15
    Physical Sciences #=40
    Life Sciences #=58
    Clinical, pre-clinical and health #101-125
    Arts and Humanities #126-150

    Nanyang Technological University Miscellaneous Ranking

    Some miscellaneous rankings of Nanyang Technological University are discussed below:

    • Remarkably, since 2014 Nanyang has ranked 1st in Singapore in research citations per paper in THE Asian University Rankings 2021.
    • Bagged the 9th position in THE World’s Most International Universities 2021.
    • Ranked 51-60th in THE World Reputation Rankings 2020.
    • Secured the 2nd rank in THE Young University Rankings 2020.
    • In the QS World University Rankings Top 50 Under 50 rankings 2020, it has ranked 1st for the seventh consecutive year.
    • It is also the 7th ranked institution in THE Asia-Pacific University Rankings 2019.

    Nanyang Technological University achieved the 3rd position in QS Asian University Rankings 2021 and has consistently maintained the 1st position in research impact indicator and normalised citations per paper for 5 consecutive years. It is a research-intensive institution known for its research impact, innovation, education and international outlook. NTU is also one of the seven founding members of the Global Alliance of Technological Universities (GlobalTech) that is a network of institutions working to find solutions for global issues through advanced science and technology research. It is considered the fastest rising young university ranked in the top 50 in the world.

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