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Top universities in Asia 2018

Want to study in Asia? Here are the top seven universities according to Times Higher Education.

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Updated: June 19, 2018

Want to study in Asia? Here are the top seven universities according to Times Higher Education.

Whether one is fresh out of high school planning their next step or a professional thinking about gaining a new qualification, making a firm decision on a university and course is a major – and often difficult – decision. Here is a quick look at the top seven universities in Asia according to Times Higher Education’s world university rankings.

1 – National University of Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) topped Times Higher Education’s rankings for the third year running.

Singapore’s flagship university was founded in 1905 by group of businessmen headed by Tan Jiak Kim. What began as a medical school with just 23 students has since risen to become a highly regarded institution both locally and internationally with over 38,000 students.

Its 17 faculties and schools offer programmes in areas ranging from computing and engineering to music and the arts, while its NUS Overseas Colleges and exchange programmes give students the opportunity to experience life abroad. Also on offer are double, joint and concurrent degree programmes.

2 – Tsinghua University

One of China’s top universities, Tsinghua University was established in 1911. The comprehensive research university currently has 14 schools and 56 departments which enable its almost 26,000 students to hone their skills in a range of fields encompassing both the arts and the sciences.

Situated on what was once known as a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty, Tsinghua University was named one of the World’s most beautiful campuses by Forbes Magazine in 2010.

3 – Peking University

Peking University was founded in 1898 under the name Imperial University of Peking, China’s first national comprehensive university.

A member of the prestigious C9 League, the Chinese equivalent of the US Ivy League, the university has about 35,000 students.

The university places emphasis on patriotism, progress and science. It boasts a highly qualified staff of which 53 are members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and seven are members of the Chinese academy of engineering.

4 – University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s top university and ranked 27th in the world overall, the University of Hong Kong offers its students a quality education in diverse areas of study. Students may also benefit from the research internships the university has on offer, working in the labs of experienced HKU professors. 118 HKU professors are ranked within the top one per cent of scientists globally by the Institute for Scientific Information.

Graduates’ futures are often bright, with an employment rate of almost 100 per cent and most expressing satisfaction with their jobs.

5 – The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Founded in 1991, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has risen swiftly up the ranks to become a globally recognised university. The university has been named the top young university by Times Higher Education’s in its list of the world’s top 200 young universities, and its school of engineering is well regarded, ranking 18th in the world.

Other fields of study include science, technology, management and business studies, humanities and social sciences.

5 – Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

In joint 5th is Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. Established in 1991, the university is one of the youngest in the global league of universities but has already gained recognition as the world’s fastest-rising young university according to Times Higher Education.

The university has eight colleges, including the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Its autonomous National Institute of Education trains all Singapore’s teachers.

The university places great emphasis on research and is exploring areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, sustainability, healthcare, new media and future learning.

7 – Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a comprehensive research university established in 1963.

It has nine colleges, the only university in Hong Kong to have a collegiate system.

The university’s eight faculties offer a range of programmes and its facilities include world-class libraries, art museums, music halls and various sporting facilities.

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Nadia Chevroulet
About the Author: Nadia is an Associate Editor at Asia News Network.

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