LONDON, June 9, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Singapore leads, China rises, Japan stalls and India struggles
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NUS's success is mirrored by Nanyang Technological University which climbs to 4th, its highest ever position. While Singapore is holding firmly to the gold medal, its rival education hub, Hong Kong, claims silver with Hong Kong University placing second, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (5th), Chinese University of Hong Kong (6th) and City University of Hong Kong (9th). Korea takes the bronze medal with KAIST (3rd), Seoul National University (8th) and Postech (10th).
2015 2014 Top 10 1 1 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE SG 2 3 UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HK 3 2 KAIST - KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY KR 4 7 NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY SG 5 5 THE HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY HK 6 6 THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HK 7 8 PEKING UNIVERSITY CN 8 4 SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY KR 9 11 CITY UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG HK 10 9 POHANG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (POSTECH) KR
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There are 25 Chinese institutions among the top 100 and 16 of them have improved their position this year, mainly due to a surge in research citations.
Peking University (7th) gains one position while Tsinghua University (11th) rises three places.
"The majority of the ranked Chinese institutions are increasing their research output, spurred by the impressive and sustained level of public and private investment, second only to the US" says QS head of research Ben Sowter. "However, the country's leading universities are still lagging behind in terms of research citation numbers, which reveal the impact of the research they produce."
By contrast, only 9 Indian institutions feature among the top 100, with the Indian Institute of Science (34th),emerging as the country's leading representative.
Japan remains the second most represented country in the rankings with 68 institutions, behind China which now boasts 74. Yet, fourteen of the nineteen Japanese universities featured among the top 100, lost ground compared to 2014.
Taiwan continues to pull above its weight, with 28 institutions ranked, including 12 among the top 100.
While Malaysia has 21 listed, with six in top 100.
The other countries featured among the top 300 are: Thailand (11 universities), Pakistan (10), Indonesia (7), Vietnam and Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka, Brunei and Macau (1).
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