Cream of the crop: The Asian universities among QSWUR2020’s top 50

Interior of The Hive aka Dim Sum Baskets building, Tornado building, Heatherwick Studio with students seating at the chill area, Nanyang University, Singapore. Source: Shutterstock

There’s no denying Asia’s growing prowess in the education realm, and the latest QS World University Rankings 2020 is a testament to the academic reputation of universities in the region.

This means international students looking to obtain a quality education may want to look East for their study abroad options, not merely those located in Europe, the UK or US.

A total of 12 Asian universities are in the top 50, with the highest ranking Asian universities hailing from Singapore. Just missing out on the top 10 are Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore (NUS), both tied at 11th place.

Both universities are consistently ranked among Asia’s finest institutions but have not successfully broken into the top 10 these past few years.

Meanwhile, China’s Tsinghua University is ranked 16th, up one spot from last year, while tied in the 22nd spot is China’s Peking University and Japan’s University of Tokyo.

Tied in 25th place is the University of Hong Kong (with US’ Duke University) while in 32nd place is The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Kyoto University in Japan is tied in 33rd place (with King’s College London in the UK) while South Korea’s top institution, Seoul National University, is ranked 37th.

The other Asian universities in the top 50 include China’s Fudan University (40), South Korea’s Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, or KAIST (41) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (46).

Asian universities in the top 50

2019 rank 2018 rank University Country
=11 12 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
=11 11 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
16 17 Tsinghua University China
=22 30 Peking University China
=22 23 University of Tokyo Japan
=25 25 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
32 37 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
=33 35 Kyoto University Japan
37 36 Seoul National University South Korea
40 44 Fudan University China
41 40 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
46 49 The Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

Among the Asian countries with the most represented universities in the rankings sits China, with a total of 42 institutions compared to 40 last year. Meanwhile, Japan has 41 institutions featured in this year’s rankings, down by three from last year.

QS’s 2020 rankings feature 1,000 universities from around the globe. Universities are evaluated based on six metrics, which include: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio and international student ratio.

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