SINGAPORE - NUS moved up to 24th on the global list, published today, to take over the mantle from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
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Here is the full statement from NUS:
NUS Ranked First in Asia in the Latest QS World University Rankings
University rises to world's 24th and placed among the top 10 for academic reputation
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has emerged as the top university in Asia in the 2013/2014 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings. The University was placed 24th in the rankings, moving up a spot from its 25th placing last year.
The QS World University Rankings evaluates over 800 universities in the world based on academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, and proportions of international students and international faculty.
NUS has been placed 9th in the world for academic reputation, and 16th for employer reputation. The University improved significantly in the number of research papers published and citations generated.
Its faculty areas were placed as follows: Arts & Humanities (17), Engineering & Technology (7), Life Sciences & Medicine (27), Natural Sciences (11) and Social Sciences & Management (9).
NUS President, Professor Tan Chorh Chuan said, "We are pleased that the latest QS World University Rankings has placed NUS as first in Asia and 24th in the world. This is a reflection of our country's strong support for higher education and the ethos of continually seeking excellence, and hence is a very positive development for the whole of Singapore. NUS has strived to differentiate itself as a global university centred in Asia through educational innovation, multidisciplinary research and strategic partnerships. We will continue to keep a sharp focus on nurturing and recruiting talented academics, staff and students, while providing a conducive environment for this thriving community to pioneer advances in education and research and its application that will have a strong positive impact on Singapore and society."
Mr Ben Sowter, Head of Research at QS, said, "Rankings cannot consider all aspects of university activity, but they capture the headline trends. This year's QS World University Rankings identifies NUS as Asia's leading institution on the world stage. Despite operating in increasingly competitive territory, NUS continue to progress and our results suggest that securing a position in the world's top 20 is only a matter of time. For an example of consistent strategic development and implementation for a large, comprehensive university, both in terms of performance and recognition, look no further than NUS."