Check out which Asian university made it to the top 20 in the latest QS University Rankings

- Asia News Network, BANGKOK

Jun 15, 2016-The QS University Rankings: Asia 2016 has released its results of 350 top universities in Asia for this year.

The universities were rated according to academic reputation (30%), employer reputation (20%), faculty/student ratio (15%), citations per paper (10%) and papers per faculty (10%); staff with a PhD (5%), proportion of international faculty (2.5%) and proportion of international students (2.5%); proportion of inbound exchange students (2.5%) and proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5%).

Northeast Asia took more than half of the list with China, (82 universities) leading followed by Japan (74) and South Korea (54). But the top ranked university came from Southeast Asia: the National University of Singapore.

Below are the countries and the number of universities they have on the list and information on those that made it to the Top 20:

Bangladesh – 2

Brunei – 1

China – 82

Hong Kong – 7

India – 23

Indonesia – 11

Japan – 74

Macau – 1

Malaysia – 20

Pakistan – 10

Philippines – 8

Singapore – 3

South Korea – 54

Sri Lanka – 2

Taiwan – 34

Thailand – 13

Vietnam – 5

TOP 20

1. National University of Singapore (100.0)



Founded as a medical school in 1905, has three campuses (Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram)

12th in 2015/2016 QS World University Rankings, ranked No.1 in Asia for third year running

Specialised fields: Medicine, Law, Life Sciences, Multidisciplinary

Notable alumni: Goh Chok Tong, prime minister (1990-2004); Margaret Chan, current WHO director-general; Ho Ching , Temasek Holdings CEO


2. The University of Hong Kong (98.5)


Hong Kong

Founded in 1911

Specialised fields: Business, Law

Notable alumni: Stanley Ho, casino magnate; Sam Hui, Cantopop star; Eileen Chan, celebrated novelist

3. Nanyang Technological University (98.4)



Founded in 1991

Specialised fields: Engineering, Technology

Notable alumni: Stefanie Sun, singer; Massagos Zulkifli, minister of environment and water resources

4. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (98.0)


Hong Kong

Founded in 1991, formerly QS University Rankings Asia's top university in 2011 and 2013

Specialised fields: Technology

Notable alumni: Myolie Wu, TVB actress

5. Tsinghua University (97.1)



Originally founded as Tsinghua Xuetang in 1911, adopted the name National Tsinghua University in 1928

Specialised field: Research

Notable alumni: Xi Jinping, president; Hu Jintao, president (2003-2013) , Zhu Rongji, prime minister (1998-2003)

6. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (96.9)


South Korea

Founded in 1971

Specialised fields: Science and Technology

Notable alumni: Yi So-yeon, first Korean to fly in space

7. City University of Hong Kong (96.4)


Hong Kong

Founded in 1984 as the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong

Specialised fields: Research

Notable alumni: Fiona Sit, Cantopop star

8.  Chinese University of Hong Kong (96.0)


Hong Kong

Founded in 1963

Specialised fields: Research, Life Sciences

9. Peking University (95.6)



Founded in 1898 , merged with Beijing Medical University in 2000, campus is known as "yan yuan" (the garden of Yan)

Specialised fields: Health Science

Notable alumni: Li Keqiang, premier; Michael Halliday, linguist

10. Seoul National University (95.2)


South Korea

Founded in 1946, has three campuses (Gwanak, Daehangno and Suwon)

Specialised field: Research

Notable alumni: Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General; Kim Tae Hee, actress; Hyun Bin, actor

11. Fudan University (94.9)


Shanghai, China

Name is from two Chinese characters Fu (复) and Dan (旦), literally meaning "(heavenly light shines) day after day".

Founded in 1905, has four campuses (Handan, Fenglin, Zhangjiang and Jiangwan)

Notable alumni: Cao Guowei, CEO of Sina; Tang Jiaxuan, foreign minister (1998 to 2003)

12. Pohang University of Science And Technology (94.1)


Pohang, South Korea

Specialised fields: Science, Engineering

Established in 1986 by POSCO, one of the world's leading steel companies

13. University of Tokyo (94.0)

Public, National


Specialised field: Research

Established in 1877 and has five campuses (Hongō, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakan).

Named the Imperial University in 1886 and renamed Tokyo Imperial University in 1897.

Notable alumni: Eleven Nobel laureates

14. Tokyo Institute of Technology (93.8)

Public, National


Specialised fields: Science and Technology

Established in 1881, it has three campuses (Meguro Yokohama, Suzukakedai and Tamachi)

Notable alumni: Yukio Hatoyama, prime minister (2009–2010); Naoto Kan, prime minister (2010-2011); Satoru Iwata, former CEO of Nintendo.

15. Kyoto University (93.3)

Public, National

Kyoto, Japan

Established in 1897

Notable alumni: Ten Nobel laureates

16. Korea University (93.1)


Seoul, South Korea

Established in 1905

Specialised field: Law

Notable alumni: Lee Myung Bak, president (2008-2013); Oh Se-hoon, Seoul mayor (2006-2011); Choi Tae-won, chairman of SK Group; Kim Yoon, chairman of Samyang Group; Lee Jae-Hyun, chairman of CJ Group; Kim Yeong-Min, CEO of SM Entertainment.

17. Osaka University (92.9)

Public, National

Osaka, Japan

Established in 1724

Specialised fields: Biology & Biochemistry, Materials Science, Physics, Chemistry, Immunology.

Notable alumni: Akio Morita, Sony founder; Hideki Yukawa, Nobel Prize for Physics (1949); Osamu Tezuka, manga artist.

18. Yonsei University (92.3)


Seoul, South Korea

The name 'Yonsei' was derived from the first syllables of the names of its two parent institutions, “Yon” (연; 延) from Yonhi College and “Sei” (세; 世') from Severance Union Medical College.

Established in 1885

Notable alumni: Kim Woo-jung, founder and CEO of Daewoo Group; Koo Bon-Moo, chairman of LG Group; Lee Jae-Woong, founder and CEO of Daum Communications.

19. Sungkyunkwan University (91.9)


South Korea

Established in 1398

Specialised fields: Medicine; affiliated with Samsung Medical Centre

Notable alumni: Includes three prime ministers: Hwang Kyo-ahn (2015-present), Lee Wan-koo (February-April 2015),  Chung Hong-won (2013-2015); Kim Jeong-tae, chairman of Hana Finance Group; Kim Jong-jun, CEO of Hana Bank; Lee Soon-woo, chairman of Woori Finance Group; Kim Yong-hwan, CEO of the Export-Import Bank of Korea.

20. Tohoku University (90.3)

Public, National

Established in 1907

During the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, its four campuses—located at least 12 kilometres from the ocean—suffered no damage from the tsunami but earthquake damage led to the closure of 27 buildings and caused millions of dollars of damage to equipment. No deaths or injuries were reported among its students and faculty.

Notable alumni: Koichi Tanaka, Nobel Prize for Chemistry (2002)


Published: 15-06-2016 15:57

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