NUS drops six places in latest ranking

The National University of Singapore has fallen six places to No. 40 in the latest Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

The position on the British magazine's chart is its lowest position since the rankings started in 2004.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) however, rose five spots to No. 169 this year.

In a Straits Times report, Mr Simon Pratt, project manager at Thomson Reuters, a partner of the magazine, was quoted saying that the 'relatively small' changes in rankings were due to other universities in the table rather than changes in performance.

Universities were ranked using 13 performance indicators that cover teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

In terms of Asian universities, NUS moved up one spot to No. 3.

Tokyo University was ranked first, up one spot from last year. On the contrary, University of Hong Kong dropped one position down to second. Both are ranked No. 30 and No. 34 respectively in the world charts.

The world chart also had a new No. 1: California Institute of Technology.

The evaluation included a survey of 17,500 academics, the ST report said.

It also added that NUS and NTU performed better in another university ranking exercise released last month.

A survey by London-based career and education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds ranked NUS and NTU No. 28 and No. 58 respectively.

The report also said that THE used to produce one set of rankings together with QS, but switched partners to Thomson Reuters last year.

Since then its methodology has changed and as a result, NTU dropped 101 places to No. 174 last year.

Professor Tan Eng Chye, deputy president of academic affairs and provost at NUS was quoted in the report as saying that 'the parameters of some rankings may not fully capture' efforts made by the university to enhance its education and research activities.

NTU president Bertil Andersson described the rise in its rankings as indicative of its 'upward trajectory'.