When it comes to quality tertiary education Singapore’s title as the higher education centre of Asean can not be challenged, with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) ranked as the region’s best and the third best in the world in the Times Higher Education’s 2017 Young University Rankings.
Ranked number 54 globally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, NTU has carved an impressive reputation in academic circles for its world-class national institutes and research centres.
Aimed at distinguishing between long established institutions which dominate the World University Rankings, the Young University Rankings focus on the best 200 universities globally under 50-years-old using the same methodology as for the World University Rankings, but with recalibrated weightings.
For the rest of Asean’s under 50-year-old universities the news is all bad. Malaysia and Thailand are the only other two Asean member countries with higher education institutions making it into the list. Malaysia has six, all ranked over 100, while Thailand’s single entry is ranked between 151 and 200 .
Of the six Malaysian universities making it into the list three are ranked between 100 and 150, Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), while Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Universiti Teknologi Petronas join Suranaree University of Technology in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat), Thailand in the 151-200 category.
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