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National University of Singapore secures 8th place in QS World University Rankings

In the latest QS World University Rankings 2025 released on 5 June, The National University of Singapore retains its 8th position, leading as the highest-ranked Asian university in the top 10. Meanwhile, Nanyang Technological University has re-entered the top 20, climbing to 15th from its 2024 ranking of 26.



SINGAPORE: The National University of Singapore (NUS) has maintained its position in the top 10 of a global ranking of institutions, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has re-entered the top 20.

In the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2025, released on 5 June, NUS is ranked eighth, and NTU has risen to 15th from its 2024 ranking of 26.

This rankings edition features 1,500 universities from 106 countries, with NUS being the highest-ranked Asian university and the first from Asia to be placed in the top 10.

The chart is predominantly occupied by universities from the United States and Britain, led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, similar to previous years. Imperial College London has climbed four places to take second place.

The University of Oxford is ranked third, Harvard University fourth, and the University of Cambridge fifth.

The QS rankings are based on nine indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty ratio, international-student ratio, international research network, employment outcomes, and sustainability.

The three factors with the highest weightage are academic reputation (30%), citations per faculty (20%), and employer reputation (15%).

Indicators such as international research network, employment outcomes, and sustainability – three new metrics introduced in the 2024 rankings – each carry a weightage of 5%.

NTU and NUS performed well in academic and employer reputation, as well as citations per faculty, which measures strong research output.

Commenting on the latest ranking, NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye highlighted that universities are increasingly fostering interdisciplinary teaching and research, enabling graduates to become critical thinkers and flexible learners. Faculty and researchers are collaborating across disciplines to address complex global issues.

” As a leading global university, NUS continues to push the boundaries in education, research, innovation and enterprise, challenging students to learn and unlearn, grow in adaptability and resilience, and discover a world beyond themselves,” said Professor Tan.

Professor Tan attributed NUS’s strong performance to the collective efforts of the university’s outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

He highlighted that this year, NUS made considerable progress in the sustainability indicator, reflecting the university’s comprehensive approach to shaping a sustainable future through interdisciplinary solutions in education, research, and campus operations.

The NUS community remains resolute in our commitment to foster a vibrant and dynamic academic environment which inspires and drives positive impact for everyone,” he added.

NUS ranked sixth for employment outcomes and 15th for academic reputation.

Globally, it placed 26th for sustainability, which measures institutions’ commitment to environmentally and socially responsible practices and policies.

NTU’s rise of 11 places from 26th in the 2024 QS rankings was driven by employer reputation and sustainability improvements.

In a Wednesday statement, NTU president Ho Teck Hua stated: “To be ranked in the top 15 shows that despite being a young university, NTU is internationally competitive.”

He added that NTU’s improvement in the sustainability factor, along with other improvements, acknowledges the university’s efforts as a campus with eight zero-energy buildings and 100% Green Mark Platinum certification for all eligible building projects.

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President, suggested that NTU’s progression back into the world’s top 15 universities is an admirable achievement, highlighting the strength of Singapore’s higher education sector.

“NTU’s continuously flourishing international reputation, particularly among employers, is a testament to its academic prowess and the work readiness of its graduates, who go on to have a great impact in their chosen careers.”

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So now that they are in 8th place, can they afford to provide full bursaries and scholarships for low-income or needy Singaporean students now?

Or is it still money no enough? They only have enough money to subsidise the education of foreigners with nothing left over for Singaporeans?

What about adequate accommodations for Singaporeans living in distant New Towns, which are all centrally-planned by the ruling government?

No money for that either? Forcing Singaporeans students to waste hours commuting back and forth?

Rankings released , followed up almost immediately, .. with the President of NUS lapping it up with a press release that included some nonsense that read, …”enabling graduates to become critical thinkers and flexible learners” !!!

Really, … when these very graduates are unable to formulate a case against voting for the current regime to their parents or older relatives !!!

Unless of course, … they never saw or found for a case against this regime, in the first place, … critically of course !!!

Is this a University, a factory to produce duds? Or a factory to cater to the PAP Administration’s tastes and favouritism for For Trash bcz evidently $$100s of Millions of Tax Payers Dollars $$ were provided, gifted, poured very very LAVISHLY to them as Free Tuition Fees, Lodging Expenses etc.

Any statistics to show how many true local sons, daughters of Slogging Aged Singaporeans children graduated and man local economy, to upkeep SG?

Or For Trash has earned so much at SG, after graduation, at Singaporeans Expense when their income transferred back to their home countries.

We need to know how much public funds were poured into NUS over the years in order to attain such ranking vs other Uni that are rich and have lots of donations?

Lavish spending on salaries, perks, infrastructures, on foreign students, R&D will definitely push up the ranking.

Money don’t drop down from the sky but come from tax payers and other sources, including donations

Last edited 14 days ago by Singapore Fooled Again n Again