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Progress for Chinese Universities in QS University Rankings: Asia 2015

By Laura Bridgestock

Updated August 4, 2017 Updated August 4, 2017

The QS University Rankings: Asia 2015, released today, reveals strong progress for leading universities in China. The nation accounts for a quarter of Asia’s top 100 universities, and of these 25 leading Chinese universities, 16 have this year improved their positions in the ranking.

These gains have largely been driven by improvements in research productivity, reflecting sustained high levels of public and private investment, though this has yet to fully translate into comparably high levels of research impact, assessed by calculating citations per paper.

China’s highest-ranked institution, Peking University, climbs one place this year to reach 7th place. It’s closely followed by Tsinghua University, which has gained three positions to rank 11th.

Meanwhile the National University of Singapore (NUS) retains the overall top spot in the ranking, with fellow Singapore institution Nanyang Technological University (NTU) climbing from 7th to 4th. Hong Kong and South Korea also retain a strong presence among Asia’s higher education elite, claiming the remaining top-10 positions.

Top 10 Universities in Asia 2015

Based on the QS University Rankings: Asia 2015

2015

2014

 

 

  1 

  1 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

  2 

  3 

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong

  3 

  2 

KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

South Korea

  4 

  7 

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

  5 

  5 

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

  6 

  6 

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  7 

  8 

Peking University

China

  8 

  4 

Seoul National University

South Korea

  9 

  11 

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

  10 

  9 

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

South Korea

See the full QS University Rankings: Asia 2015 >

 

Published annually since 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia highlights the top 300 universities in Asia, based on a methodology designed to reflect regional challenges and priorities. After China, which has 74 entries overall, Japan remains the most-represented country in the ranking, with 68 Japanese institutions featured. Next is South Korea, taking 45 places, followed by Taiwan (28), Malaysia (21) and India (17).

The other Asian countries featured in the top 300 are: Thailand (11 universities), Pakistan (10), Hong Kong (7), Indonesia (7), Philippines (4), Singapore, Vietnam and Bangladesh (2), Sri Lanka, Brunei and Macau (1).

For expert commentary on the QS University Rankings: Asia 2015, the supplementary report is available to read online. Join the conversation on Twitter with #QSWUR.

This article was originally published in June 2015 . It was last updated in August 2017

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The former editor of TopUniversities.com, Laura oversaw the site's editorial content and student forums. She also edited the QS Top Grad School Guide and contributed to market research reports, including 'How Do Students Use Rankings?'

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