NUS falls two spots in world varsity rankings, NTU climbs three places
NTU climbs three places, Chinese universities reign in Asia
After three consecutive years as Asia's No. 1 university in the Times Higher Education rankings, the National University of Singapore (NUS) lost the title to Tsinghua University of China last year.
This year, it slid another two places, from 23rd to 25th globally, and was overtaken by yet another Chinese institution - Peking University - which placed second in Asia behind Tsinghua.
In the listings released this morning, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) improved its standing by climbing three places to 48th.
Ms Ellie Bothwell, Times Higher Education (THE) rankings editor, said "Singapore still punches well above its weight in global higher education".
"For such a small nation, to have two universities in the global top 50 is a fantastic achievement. However, NUS' slip to third place in Asia shows that even Singapore - which invests heavily in its leading universities - is not immune to the rise of China."
She added: "Singapore is well placed to continue to perform extremely well in this new and highly competitive global higher education environment, but must be willing to make the necessary investments and form the necessary strategic partnerships with international institutions."
THE's chief knowledge officer Phil Baty said "NUS has not in any way diminished" in its performance.
STRENGTH OF CHINA'S UNIS
He said: "It is simply the case that China's top two universities continue to make extraordinary gains, fuelled by decades of reform and investment, huge increases in research productivity, but more recently also in research quality and important international collaborations.
"The differences between the three Asian powerhouses of Tsinghua, Beijing and NUS are very slight."
Overall, British and American universities continue to dominate the charts.
The University of Oxford topped the global rankings for the fourth year running, while the California Institute of Technology rose from fifth to second. The University of Cambridge, Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology all dropped one place to third, fourth and fifth respectively.
This year's rankings assessed some 1,400 universities from 92 countries on 13 performance indicators grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment); research (volume, income and reputation); citations (research influence); international outlook (staff, students and research); and industry income (knowledge transfer).