Newswise — Singapore, 5 September 2017 - The National University of Singapore (NUS) has moved up two places to clinch the 22nd spot in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018, achieving its best performance since the Rankings started in 2004. This year, NUS continues to be the top Asian university, a position the University has maintained for the third consecutive year.


The THE World University Rankings 2018 featured 1,000 institutions from 77 different countries this year. The rankings employ 13 calibrated performance indicators to reflect a university’s strengths in five areas that represent the core missions of research intensive universities: Teaching, Research, Citations, International Outlook and Industry Income. In this latest ranking, NUS has performed better in teaching and research reputations, research productivity, research income and research influence (citations). In addition, the University now ranks among the world’s top 20 universities in three areas: Research, Teaching and International Outlook.


NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, “We are delighted that NUS has once again been recognised among the world’s leading universities and Asia’s top university. This is a strong endorsement of the global reputation, high quality and deep impact of NUS’ education and research. The fierce commitment to excellence among our talented faculty members and students, as well as the strong support from the Singapore government, has made NUS’ continued good progress possible”.


Elaborating on the university’s strategic directions, Prof Tan added, “Given the rapid and profound changes in the nature of work, nurturing future-ready graduates and strengthening lifelong education are high priority thrusts for NUS. We will further intensify our efforts to build world-class research strengths, and to bring different disciplines together in large scale platforms that can help develop holistic approaches to address the complex challenges that confront Singapore and the world today.”


Mr Phil Baty, Editorial Director, Global Rankings, Times Higher Education, said, “Huge congratulations are due to National University of Singapore for achieving its highest ever position in the 14th edition of the THE World University Rankings. NUS has clearly established itself, against Times Higher Education’s 13 rigorous and exacting performance metrics, not only as Asia’s number one university but as one of the best universities in the world – increasingly challenging the traditional elite institutions of North America and Europe.”


“The outstanding result shows what can be achieved with a highly supportive government willing to invest in excellence in teaching and research, a commitment to being truly global and drawing-in international talent, and with dynamic and visionary leadership. I expect NUS to go from strength to strength.”


The full results of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2018 are available at:




About National University of Singapore (NUS)


A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education and research, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise.


NUS has 17 faculties and schools across three campuses. Its transformative education includes a broad-based curriculum underscored by multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. Over 38,000 students from 100 countries enrich the community with their diverse social and cultural perspectives. NUS also strives to create a supportive and innovative environment to promote creative enterprise within its community.  


NUS takes an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to research, working with partners from industry, government and academia, to address crucial and complex issues relevant to Asia and the world. Researchers in NUS’ Schools and Faculties, 30 university-level research institutes and centres, and Research Centres of Excellence cover a wide range of themes including: energy, environmental and urban sustainability; treatment and prevention of diseases common among Asians; active ageing; advanced materials; risk management and resilience of financial systems. The University’s latest research focus is to use data science, operations research and cybersecurity to support Singapore's Smart Nation initiative.


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