Best Universities in Asia: Singapore Grabs Top Spots – China, Japan Most Overall

Asia’s top two universities now reside in Singapore, while China and Japan retain the overall crown with the highest density of top institutions within their borders, according to the Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings for 2016.

At the top of the rankings is the National University of Singapore (NUS) followed by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) which shares second place with China’s Peking University.

Singapore’s NUS has steadily risen over the years on the world rankings as well –ascending 14 places since 2012 to reach 26th place last year, while NTU has risen 119 places since 2011 to 55th place.



While mainland China and Japan are each home to nearly a fifth of institutions in the extended top 200 table (39 each), China now edges out Japan with 22 universities in the top 100, including two in the top 10.

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Japan has 14 in the upper half of the table, and its top-ranked institution – the University of Tokyo in seventh place – has dropped from the top of the rankings.


Hong Kong, has also performed well with six representatives, all in the top 45, while South Korea and Taiwan were the most-represented countries following China and Japan, with 24 institutions each.

Top 25 Universities in Asia

1National University of Singapore –Singapore
=2Nanyang Technological University –Singapore
=2Peking University –China
4University of Hong Kong -Hong Kong
5Tsinghua University –China
6Hong Kong University of Science and Technology –Hong Kong
7University of Tokyo –Japan
8Pohang University of Science and Technology –Korea
9Seoul National University –Korea
10KAIST –Korea
11Kyoto University –Japan
12Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) –Korea, Republic of
13Chinese University of Hong Kong –Hong Kong
14University of Science and Technology of China –China
15National Taiwan University –Taiwan
16City University of Hong Kong –Hong Kong
=17Hebrew University of Jerusalem –Israel
=17Korea University –Korea, Republic of
19Fudan University –China
20Tel Aviv University –Israel
21Koç University –Turkey
22Hong Kong Polytechnic University –Hong Kong
23Tohoku University –Japan
24Tokyo Institute of Technology –Japan
25Zhejiang University –China
For complete Asia rankings, go here.

Top 25 Universities Worldwide


For complete world rankings go here

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