Rankings Revealed: QS World University Rankings Asia 2020

The National University of Singapore has retained its top spot in the recently released QS World University Rankings Asia 2020. 

The QS World University Rankings Asia 2020 are now live and the National University of Singapore has again taken the top spot across the Asian region. 

Following closely behind is another Singaporean institution, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which rose from its third-place position last year.  

This year sees the University of Hong Kong (HKU) take third place, dropping from its previous position in second place.  

Chinese institutions also featured prominently in the rankings with Tsinghua University coming in fourth (dropping from third last year) and Peking University retaining its fifth-place position. 

Sixth and seventh place were also taken by Chinese institutions with Zhejiang University and Fudan University ranking well. This was an impressive rise in the rankings for Zhejiang University, which ranked in 13th place last year.  

Slight drops were seen by The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), which came in eighth place this year and seventh last year, and KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, which came in ninth place this year and eighth last year.  

Finally, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) rounds out the top ten, falling from its ninth position last year.  

The rankings saw six new entrants from mainland China, with overall performance staying relatively stable for Chinese institutions.  

In Japan, there were some drops in the rankings with a relative regression in research indicators, like citations per paper and papers per faculty.  

South Korean institutions also struggled in this year’s rankings due to their performance in research collaboration and employer reputation indicators.  

On the plus side, Malaysian institutions reported a strong performance in reputational indicators, international research networks, and internationalization metrics. 

Top-tier institutions in Taiwan also saw good performances across the board with clear improvements in reputational indicators. 

To recap, here’s the full top ten list of the QS World University Rankings Asia 2020 

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) 
  2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) 
  3. University of Hong Kong (HKU) 
  4. Tsinghua University 
  5. Peking University 
  6. Zhejiang University 
  7. Fudan University  
  8. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) 
  9. KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology  
  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) 

To discover more insights from the QS World University Rankings Asia 2020download our free supplement here 

2019-11-27T11:05:56+01:00

About the Author:

As the B2B Content Marketing Manager, Sarah Linney is responsible for communicating the insights, research, and market analysis that have positioned QS as a thought leader in the higher education sector. After completing a Communications-Journalism degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia, Sarah worked in radio news and B2B print publishing before joining the content marketing sector. While working at a content marketing agency, Sarah was transferred to their New York office. She then led content marketing efforts at two tech startups in New York as a Content Manager before deciding to make the move to the UK and QS. 

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