[RANKED] Best Universities in Asia 2020

[RANKED] Best Universities in Asia 2020
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Singapore’s two leading universities—National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU)—have taken the top two universities in Asia on the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university rankings.

Besides snagging the top spots in the region, both institutions also tied at 11th place on the recently released (Nov 27) QS’ World University Rankings for 2020, The Independent reported.

QS Asia University Rankings. Image:
QS Asia University Rankings. Image:


Maintaining its reign from last year, NUS earned perfect scores in almost every indicator, and only fell short in the areas of faculty-to-student ratio, international student ratio, number of faculty staff with a PhD and papers per faculty.

Despite this, its scores were still “a representation of how well rounded this top university really is,” QS said.

Just last month, NUS had also been named top in Asia on the US News and World Report Best Global Universities Rankings.


NTU was given a 5+ Stars QS rating

NTU, second only to NUS in Asia and tied with it for 11th place globally, was also given a 5+ Stars QS rating—the highest marks possible—based on indicators like research, employability, internationalisation, teaching and others.

Student's life in Asia. Image: US News and World Report
Student's life in Asia. Image: US News and World Report


NTU scored higher than NUS when it came to the faculty-to-student ratio (98.1) and in higher institutional research quality, scoring 100 in the category of citations per paper.

The QS rankings have been published yearly since 2009. The methodology relies on institutions scores on 11 indicators, with each indicator corresponding to a different weight-age for final score calculation.


Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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