UniRanks Best Universities in Asia 2017

December 2016

Asia is increasingly well represented in the different university rankings. The new edition of UniRanks World University Ranking 2017 features nine institutions in its prestigious top 100 list, including four making it into the top 50. Remarkably, China boasts the highest number of universities from Asia in the top 100 list with four institutions. Japan and Singapore both see their two best universities represented in UniRanks top 100, while South Korea has one.

The University of Tokyo (24th), the National University of Singapore (34th), and Tsinghua University (35th) lead the way and take the first three spots in Asia. They are followed by Peking University (38th), Kyoto University (52nd), Nanyang Technological University (55th), The University of Hong Kong (61st), and Seoul National University (66th); with Fudan University (96th) closing the list.

UniRanks World University Ranking compiles the results of the five most influential university rankings: THE World University Ranking, QS World University Ranking, US News Best Global University, Shanghai ARWU Ranking, and Reuters World Top 100 Innovative Universities. UniRanks provides an easy overview of an institution performances across indicators and rankings, and is the reference University Ranking of Rankings.

Discover the full ranking here .

Top Universities in Asia:

1. University of Tokyo (Japan)

  • Established: 1877
  • Nobel Laureates: 11
  • Fields Medallist: 1
  • Turing Awards: 0

The University of Tokyo was established in 1877 as the first national university in Japan. As a leading research university, UTokyo offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and conducts research across the full spectrum of academic activity. The University aims to provide its students with a rich and varied academic environment that ensures opportunities for both intellectual development and the acquisition of professional knowledge and skills.

source: www.u-tokyo.ac.jp

2. National University of Singapore (Singapore)

  • Established: 1962 (roots date back to 1905)
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

A leading global university centred in Asia, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was founded in 1905 as a modest medical college with 23 students. Today, Singapore’s flagship university spans three campuses in Kent Ridge, Bukit Timah and Outram, and is widely seen as among the best universities in Asia and the world. NUS offers a distinctively Asian and global experience that is grounded in maximising the potential of students and their future-readiness, and broad-based research excellence that enables beneficial translation. Renowned for pioneering new models of education, the University is also highly regarded for the hallmark rigour and breadth of its academic programmes, innovative entrepreneurship education, and experiential learning.

source: www.nus.edu.sg

3. Tsinghua University (China)

  • Established: 1911
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 1

UCL is London's leading multidisciplinary university, with approximately 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class, religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

source: www.tsinghua.edu.cn

4. Peking University (China)

  • Established: 1898
  • Nobel Laureates: 1
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

Peking University is a comprehensive and national key university. The campus, known as "Yan Yuan"(the garden of Yan), is situated at Haidian District in the western suburb of Beijing, with a total area of 2,743,532 square metres (or 274 hectares). It stands near to the Yuanmingyuan Garden and the Summer Palace. Peking University is proud of its outstanding faculty, including 53 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 7 members of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), and 14 members of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

The university has effectively combined research on important scientific subjects with the training of personnel with a high level of specialized knowledge and professional skill as demanded by the country's socialist modernization. It strives not only for improvements in teaching and research work, but also for the promotion of interaction and mutual promotion among various disciplines.

Thus Peking University has become a center for teaching and research and a university of a new type, embracing diverse branches of learning such as basic and applied sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and sciences of medicine, management, and education. Its aim is to rank among the world's best universities in the future.

source: www.english.pku.edu.cn

5. Kyoto University (Japan)

  • Established: 1897
  • Nobel Laureates: 10
  • Fields Medallist: 2
  • Turing Awards: 0

Kyoto Imperial University was founded by imperial ordinance on 18 June 1897, the second university to be established in Japan.

source: www.kyoto-u.ac.jp

6. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

  • Established: 1981
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 13th globally. It is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. The university has colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and an Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous entities such as the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering.

NTU provides a high-quality global education to about 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The student body includes top scholars and international olympiad medallists from the region and beyond. Hailing from 80 countries, the university's 4,300-strong faculty and research staff bring dynamic international perspectives and years of solid industry experience.

source: www.ntu.edu.sg

7. The University of Hong Kong (China)

  • Established: 1911
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 1
  • Turing Awards: 0

The University of Hong Kong, as a leading international institution of higher learning in Asia, strives to attract and nurture outstanding scholars from around the world through excellence and innovation in teaching and learning, research and knowledge exchange, contributing to the advancement of society and the development of leaders through a global presence, regional significance and engagement with the rest of China.

source: www.hku.hk

8. Seoul National University (South Korea)

  • Established: 1946
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

Seoul National University honors the ideals of liberal education and aims to teach students a lifelong love of learning that will form the basis for continuous personal growth. At the same time it is committed to preparing students to work and live in an increasingly competitive global environment. As South Korea's first national university, Seoul National University has a tradition of standing up for democracy and peace on the Korean peninsula.

Graduates have long served as public servants in key positions of the Korean government. In teaching, research, and public service, Seoul National University continues to set the standard of excellence.

The mission of Seoul National University in the twenty-first century is to create a vibrant intellectual community where students and scholars join together in building the future. As Korea's leading research university, Seoul National University is committed to diversifying its student body and faculty, fostering global exchange, and promoting path-breaking research in all fields of knowledge.

source: www.snu.ac.kr

9. Fudan University (China)

  • Established: 1905
  • Nobel Laureates: 0
  • Fields Medallist: 0
  • Turing Awards: 0

Fudan University was established in 1905 as Fudan Public School. It was the first institution of higher education to be founded by a Chinese person, renowned modern educator Ma Xiangbo.

Over the past hundred years, the school has made outstanding contributions to the country by developing talent, innovating in science and technology, carrying forward civilization, and serving society. Students and teachers of Fudan always keep in mind the school motto “Rich in knowledge and tenacious of purposes, inquiring with earnestness and reflecting with self-practice,” maintain the school spirit of “civilized, healthy, united, rousing,” practice the school traditions of being “hard working, rigorous, result-oriented, and innovative,” and develop the Fudan spirit of “patriotic service, academic independence, a diversity of approaches, and pursuit of excellence.” They make great contributions to the liberation and development of the people, the construction and development of the nation, and the civilization and progress of society.

source: www.fudan.edu.cn