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Revealed: Asia's 350 Best Universities

by June 13, 2016 General

LONDON, June 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —

China edges out Japan in battle for regional superiority


Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, today released on the eight edition of the QS University Ranking: Asia.[1]
National University of Singapore is established as Asia’s finest university for the third consecutive year. It is followed by the University of Hong Kong. Nanyang Technological University rises one place to the podium, taking the bronze medal. China remains the preeminent nation, ahead of Japan.

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NUS President Tan Chorh Chuan said: “Our priority is preparing future-ready graduates and developing top talent, driving innovation and forging strategic collaborations with academic and industry partners, and delivering impact from world-class research. I am heartened that our work is also reflected by NUS continued progress in the rankings.”

Highlights include:

  • 17 nations or territories are featured;
  • Hong Kong dominates the top ten with four institutions ranked;
  • China, Singapore, and South Korea feature two universities apiece in the top 10;
  • China has 82 universities among the 350 ranked, Japan has 74,

South Korea 54, Taiwan 34, India 23 and Malaysia 20;

  • There are 13 Thai universities in the rankings, 11 Indonesian, 10 Pakistani, 8 Filipino and five Vietnamese.
  • Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have two apiece; Brunei and Macao one apiece.
  • This year’s QS University Rankings: Asia are the largest-ever rankings for the region.
QS University Rankings 2016 (Asia): Top 20
    2016  2015  Institution                                               Country/Territory
    1     1     National University of Singapore                           Singapore
    2     2     University of Hong Kong                                    Hong Kong
    3     4     Nanyang Technological University                           Singapore
    4     5     The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology         Hong Kong
    5     11    Tsinghua University                                        China
    6     3     KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
    7     9     City University of Hong Kong                               Hong Kong
    8     6     The Chinese University of Hong Kong                        Hong Kong
    9     7     Peking University                                          China
    10    8     Seoul National University                                  South Korea
    11    16    Fudan University                                           China
    12    10    POSTECH                                                    South Korea
    13    12    The University of Tokyo                                    Japan
    14    15    Tokyo Institute of Technology                              Japan
    15    14    Kyoto University                                           Japan
    16    19    Korea University                                           South Korea
    17    13    Osaka University                                           Japan
    18    18    Yonsei University                                          South Korea
    19    17    Sungkyunkwan University                                    South Korea
    20    20    Tohoku University                                          Japan
                 (c) QS Quacquarelli Symonds 2004-2016


1. Tables will not go live until 00:01 GMT on the 14th June 2016

The full, enhanced methodology can be found here.

The full QS University Rankings: Asia can be viewed in full here.