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Progress for Chinese Universities in QS University Rankings: Asia 2015

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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 

Singapore

  2 

  3 

Hong Kong

  3 

  2 

South Korea

  4 

  7 

Singapore

  5 

  5 

Hong Kong

  6 

  6 

Hong Kong

  7 

  8 

China

  8 

  4 

South Korea

  9 

  11 

Hong Kong

  10 

  9 

South Korea

 

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.

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Written by Laura Bridgestock
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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3 Comments

hi
Iam jus wondering why there is no universities from the turkey or iran as these countries are placed in Asia .

regards

Hello Laura! I am just curious how valid your instruments/methodologies are when it comes to ranking of universities? Is the ranking instrument very much economy-oriented? How do China-based schools rise in terms of rank while their economy is going up?

Hi there, you can see the full methodology here, you'll see that although we don't have an indicator for the local economy, we do score 'employer reputation' based on the responses of major graduate international employers, meaning the economy of the country and the location of the school does play a role but perhaps not as  strong as it could be. The QS Best Student Cities ranking however ranks the world's cities on a broader methodology, taking into account  the local economy, costs, quality of life etc. I hope this helps, Laura