NUS is no longer Asia’s number 1 university – here’s what happened

The National University of Singapore (NUS) has lost its title as Asia’s top university.
The Straits Times

It looks like The National University of Singapore’s winning streak has come to an end this year.

On Wednesday (Sept 26), the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings were officially released, revealing that Singapore’s most famous university is no longer the top Asian university to attend.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) slid one place to 23rd position and lost its title as Asia’s top university to China’s Tsinghua University, which ranked 22nd.

The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) moved up one rank, from 52nd place last year to 51st this year.

Last year, NUS was ranked Asia’s top university for the third year running, and it was also the only one from Asia that made it to the world’s top 25 universities list.

This year, however, China’s Tsinghua University ranks one position above NUS, after shooting up eight places on the list.

Times Higher Education magazine, which unveiled its latest rankings at the World Academic Summit held in Singapore, said Tsinghua’s rise is driven largely by improvements to its teaching environment.

Mr Phil Baty, editorial director of the Times ranking, also noted that the new rankings show strong competition from China. Seven Chinese universities feature in the top 200 this year, with several gaining higher placement in the rankings.

Here is a list of the top ten universities according to the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  1. University of Oxford
  2. University of Cambridge
  3. Stanford University
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  5. California Institute of Technology
  6. Harvard University
  7. Princeton University
  8. Yale University
  9. Imperial College London
  10. University of Chicago