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

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    Singapore Management University is a public university in Singapore established in 2000. It is located in the Bras Basah Civic District, Singapore. Over 11,500 students call the university their home. The university has an enrollment of 9,144 undergraduates and 2,477 postgraduates. Around 8% of the undergraduate student body and 58% of the postgraduate enrollment are international students representing 50 countries around the world. International students at Singapore Management University belong to India, China, Europe, Middle East, ASEAN countries, Africa, North America, Maldives, South Korea and Japan.

    Some of the top subjects offered by the Singapore Management University include Business and Management Studies, Accounting and Finance, Economics, Social Sciences, Computer Science, Law, Psychology, etc. The Lee Kong Chian School of Business of SMU is the youngest business school to achieve ‘triple crown’ accreditation. As a result of the triple crown accreditation, the business school is among the top 1% of the business schools worldwide and alongside prestigious institutions such as the London Business School, IMD in Switzerland, IE Business School in Spain among others. It is also the 1st university in Singapore to receive AAHRPP accreditation.

    Among notable achievements, the university ranks in the top 100 Asian universities in QS Asia University Rankings 2021. It has attained the 15th rank in Best Young University established 10-25 years back and is the 12th rank specialist university in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2021.

    Singapore Management University Ranking Highlights

    The ranking highlights for Singapore Management University are as follows:

    • Ranked #511-520 in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
    • On the 769th place in the world and 170th in Asia in the U.S. News Best Global Universities 2021.

    Singapore Management University World Rankings 2022 by QS

    Singapore Management University ranked among the top #511-520 universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021. QS Top Universities recently published rankings for 2022 wherein the university ranked in the #511-520 bracket. The rankings feature the top 1000 universities around the world based on six major indicators that include academic reputation, citations per faculty, faculty-student ratio, international faculty ratio, international student ratio and employer reputation. The weightage of each of these indicators are as follows:

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

    The score of the university on each of these indicators are given in the table below:

    Ranking Criteria Score
    Academic Reputation 11.6
    Citations per Faculty 27.4
    Employer Reputation 18.7
    Faculty Student Ratio 15.1
    International Faculty Ratio 100
    International Student Ratio 67.2

    The graph below depicts the ranking trend of the Singapore Management University in the QS World University Rankings between 2017 and 2022.

    Singapore Management University World Rankings by US News

    Singapore Management University ranked #769 in Best Global Universities in the U.S. News and World Report 2021. The global score of the university was 42.3. It has a reasonable rank of #125 in regional research reputation. The bifurcation of the 13 indicators of excellence used by the U.S. News are tabulated below:

    Global Score 42.3
    Global research reputation #467
    Regional research reputation #125
    Publications #1677
    Books #612
    Conferences #723
    Normalized citation impact #543
    Total citations #1400
    Number of publications that are among the 10% most cited #1283
    Percentage of total publications that are among the 10% most cited #429
    International collaboration - relative to country #263
    International collaboration #34
    Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #1310
    Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1% most cited #839

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    Singapore Management University Rankings in Asia

    Singapore Management University ranks 99th in the QS Asian University Rankings 2021 maintaining its place in the top 100 universities in Asia. The university had an overall score of 44.6 in Asian rankings. The ranking of the university is determined using various metrics similar to those used for world university rankings. There are some additional indicators such as inbound and outbound exchange wherein the university scored a perfect 100 and citations per faculty where the university scored 98. The university also scored 94.4 on the international student indicator. The scores of the university on all the metrics used for Asian university rankings are given in the table below:

    Ranking Criteria Score
    Overall 44.6
    Academic Reputation 28
    Employer Reputation 47.6
    Faculty Student Ratio 18.7
    International Faculty Ratio 100
    International Students 94.4
    Faculty Staff with PhD 15.9
    Papers per Faculty 22
    Citations per Paper 98
    Outbound Exchange 100
    Inbound Exchange 100
    International Research Network 19

    A trend of the ranking of the Singapore Management University in Asia in QS rankings between 2016 and 2021 can be observed in the graph given below:

    In the U.S. News, Singapore Management University has secured the 170th position in Best Global Universities in Asia.

    Singapore Management University Subject-wise Ranking

    The QS WUR Ranking by Subject 2021 features eight subjects taught at the Singapore Management University. Among the 8 subjects ranked, four were in the top 100 category. At the top of the list was Business and Management Studies ranked 38th followed by Accounting and Finance ranked 52nd, Economics ranked 60th and Social Sciences and Management at the 76th place.

    Other subjects ranked included Computer Science, Law, Psychology, Sociology and Engineering. The complete QS WUR Ranking by Subject are given in the table below:

    Subject 2021 Rank
    Business and Management Studies #38
    Accounting and Finance #52
    Economics #60
    Social Sciences and Management #76
    Computer Science and Information Systems #118
    Law #101-150
    Psychology #201-250
    Sociology #251-300
    Engineering and Technology #385

    Besides the above-mentioned rankings, the university also ranked 2nd in Asia for Master of IT in Business and 22nd worldwide for Masters in Business Analytics in QS rankings 2021.

    In the U.S. News and World Report 2021, 2 subjects taught by the Singapore Management University are ranked. The subjects ranked are as follows:

    • #54 in Economics and Business
    • #138 in Computer Science

    Singapore Management University Miscellaneous Ranking

    Some other notable achievements of the Singapore Management University in terms of rankings are stated below:

    • Ranked 12th among Specialist Universities in the World in the QS World University Rankings 2021.
    • It is also the 15th Best Young University in the world among universities aged 10-25 years in QS Rankings 2021.
    • The university secured the 1st place in Asia and top 3 in the world for Masters in Wealth Management in Financial Times Masters in Finance Ranking 2020.
    • It has also ranked 8th among top business schools in Asia and 14th among Asian universities with graduates entitled to 7th highest salaries

    In a short span of time, Singapore Management University has made a list of achievements in terms of education, research and student experience. The university has more than 200 partner universities all across the world that facilitate exchange programs and give 100% of the students opportunity to participate in global programs.

    The faculty at SMU participates in multi-disciplinary research in collaboration with international researchers in India, China, Europe and USA leading to a good global and regional research reputation. The university has been ranked no. 1 in Accounting research in Asia and worldwide in citation rankings in the Brigham Young University Accounting Research Rankings 2020.


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