QS World University Rankings: Asia 2019

QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the rankings of Asia’s 500 best universities. National University of Singapore takes back the leadership of the Asia ranking from Nanyang Technological University, and the University of Hong Kong moves three places to second. However, it is Mainland China’s universities that have made the biggest impact with five in the top 20 – two more than last year – all improving their position. Japan is the second most represented country, followed by India and South Korea.

Number of ranked universities by location

Mainland China 111

Japan 89

India 75

Korea 57

Malaysia 26

Pakistan 23

Indonesia 22

Taiwan 20

Thailand 11

Philippines 8

Hong Kong S.A.R. 7

Vietnam 7

Bangladesh 6

Sri Lanka 4

Singapore 3

Macau 2

Brunei 2

QS University Rankings: Asia 2019 (Top 20)

2019 2018 Location

1 2 National University of Singapore SG

2 5 University of Hong Kong HK

3= 1 Nanyang Technological University SG

3= 6 Tsinghua University CN

5 9 Peking University CN

6 7 Fudan University CN

7 3 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology HK

8 4 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KR

9 10 The Chinese University of Hong Kong HK

10 11 Seoul National University KR

11 13 The University of Tokyo JP

12 16 Korea University KR

13 21 Zhejiang University CN

14 17 Kyoto University JP

15 18 Sungkyunkwan University KR

16 15 Osaka University JP

17 19 Yonsei University KR

18 14 Tokyo Institute of Technology JP

19= 24 Universiti Malaya MY

19= 22 Shanghai Jiao Tong University CN

QS uses eleven indicators to compile the ranking, a global survey of 83,877 academics and 42,862 recruiters.

INDICATOR Most represented No of top-100 universities

Academic Reputation CN 25

Employer Reputation JP 15

Faculty/Student Ratio JP 31

Staff with PhD IN 20

Citations per Paper CN 42

Papers per Faculty CN 35

International Research Network CN 35

International Faculty Ratio CN 25

International Student Ratio CN 17

Inbound Exchange Students TW 22

Outbound Exchange Students CN 33

*All ranked universities in these locations feature in the top-100 in some indicators

Next most No of top- All in

INDICATOR represented 100 universities top-100*

Academic Reputation JP 14

Employer Reputation KR 13 SG

Faculty/Student Ratio KR 20 Brunei,

Staff with PhD KR 17

Citations per Paper KR 18 HK, SG

Papers per Faculty IN 26

International Research Network JP 16

International Faculty Ratio MY 18 Brunei,

HK, Macau,


International Student Ratio MY 16 Brunei,

HK, Macau,


Inbound Exchange Students KR 21

Outbound Exchange Students KR 22 Brunei, HK,


Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS says: “Mainland China’s impressive investment in education and research is paying off, Japan’s strength is confirmed and India’s regional ambitions come across, The rankings also celebrates the competitive edge of education hubs with smaller populations and resources: Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Malaysia, shine this analysis.”

To view the complete rankings: https://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2019

SOURCE: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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