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Top 10 Universities in Asia for Arts & Humanities 2013

By Laura Bridgestock

Updated March 5, 2016 Updated March 5, 2016

Discover the top 10 universities in Asia for arts and humanities, as rated by academics. This list is based on QS’s global survey of academics, one part of the information used in creating the 2013 QS University Rankings: Asia.

1. The University of Tokyo

The University of Tokyo (Todai) has an immensely strong reputation among academics worldwide, across all subject areas. It comes top in Asia in the overall in the academic reputation survey, and is rated first in four of the five subject areas. The exception is social sciences & management, where Todai is rated second in Asia, behind NUS.

2. National University of Singapore (NUS)

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is likewise strongly rated by academics across all subject areas, coming second in Asia in the overall academic reputation survey. It gets an even stronger rating from graduate employers, rated Asia’s top university this year in QS’s global survey of employers.

3. Peking University

Peking University also comes out as Asia’s third in both surveys – academic and employer. In the academic survey, it’s rated within Asia’s top 5 universities for all subject areas except engineering & technology.

4. Kyoto University

Almost as strongly reputed as Peking, Kyoto University is 4th in the overall academic reputation survey, and is rated within Asia’s top 5 universities for all subject areas except social sciences & management (in which it’s 6th).

5. University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Another of Asia’s strongest all-round universities, the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is currently ranked 2= in the overall 2013 QS University Rankings: Asia, sharing this position with the National University of Singapore.

6. Seoul National University (SNU)

South Korea’s leading university, Seoul National University (SNU) is ranked Asia’s 4th best university in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia. It’s rated within Asia’s top 10 for all five individual subject areas, in the academic survey.

7. National Taiwan University (NTU)

Taiwan’s highest ranked institution, National Taiwan University (NTU) is currently 22nd in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia. However, as its position here suggests, it would be higher placed if the ranking was based solely on reputation. It comes out at 8th overall in the academic survey.

8. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) appears to have a particular strong reputation for arts & humanities, and also for social sciences & management, for which it’s also rated Asia’s 8th best by academics. It’s also rated 10th for life sciences & medicine, and within the top 20 for natural sciences and engineering & technology.

9. Fudan University

Arts & humanities is also the strongest subject area for Fudan University; it’s rated just outside Asia’s top 10 for life sciences, natural sciences and social sciences, and just outside the top 30 for engineering & technology.

10. Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University makes the top 10 for all five subject areas, coming out at 7th overall in the academic survey. Its reputation among graduate employers is even stronger – in QS’s global survey of employers, Tsinghua is currently rated second in Asia, behind NUS.

About the QS University Rankings: Asia

Published annually since 2009, the QS University Rankings: Asia ranks the top 300 universities in Asia. The ranking is based on nine indicators: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, research papers per faculty member, citations per paper, international diversity of faculty, international diversity of students, inbound student exchange and outbound student exchange.

See the full QS University Rankings: Asia >

Top 50 Universities in Asia for Arts & Humanities

1The University of TokyoJapan
2National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
3Peking UniversityChina
4Kyoto UniversityJapan
5University of Hong Kong (HKU)Hong Kong
6Seoul National University (SNU)South Korea
7National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan
8The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)Hong Kong
9Fudan UniversityChina
10Tsinghua UniversityChina
11Waseda UniversityJapan
12Korea UniversitySouth Korea
13City University of Hong KongHong Kong
14Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
15Beijing Normal University China
16Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore
17Osaka UniversityJapan
18Chulalongkorn UniversityThailand
19Nanjing UniversityChina
20University of DelhiIndia
21National Taiwan Normal UniversityTaiwan
22Keio UniversityJapan
23University of the PhilippinesPhilippines
24Universiti Malaya (UM)Malaysia
25Sungkyunkwan UniversitySouth Korea
26Renmin (People’s) University of ChinaChina
27Hankuk (Korea) University of Foreign Studies South Korea
28Beijing Foreign Studies UniversityChina
29The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
30Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
31Ateneo de Manila UniversityPhilippines
32Tohoku UniversityJapan
33University of IndonesiaIndonesia
34National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan
35Sophia University Japan
36National Chengchi UniversityTaiwan
37Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)Malaysia
38Thammasat UniversityThailand
39Zhejiang UniversityChina
40Wuhan UniversityChina
41University of TsukubaJapan
42University of CalcuttaIndia
43Nagoya UniversityJapan
44Kyushu UniversityJapan
45Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea
46Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina
47Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)Malaysia
48East China Normal UniversityChina
49Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)Hong Kong
50The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)Hong Kong


This article was originally published in July 2013 . It was last updated in March 2016

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The former editor of, 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?'