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Top 10 Universities in Asia for Social Sciences & Management 2013

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

1. National University of Singapore (NUS)

Social sciences & management are clearly very strong areas for Singapore’s flagship university, the National University of Singapore. As well we being Asia’s highest rated in this field according to data from QS’s global survey of academics, NUS also ranks among the world’s best for social sciences and management subjects, in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject.

2. University of Tokyo

Overall, the University of Tokyo has the strongest academic reputation in Asia – of the five subject areas covered, this is the only one for which it doesn’t get the region’s top rating (and second place certainly isn’t bad). Overall, it ranks 9th in this year’s QS University Rankings: Asia, which are based on the results of the academic reputation survey, and an additional eight indicators.

3. University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Ranking 2= (joint with NUS) in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia, the University of Hong Kong (like NUS) appears to be best known for excellence in the social sciences and management. This is its highest rated subject area according to surveyed academics. That said, it has a strong reputation across all the subjects, and is also rated among Asia’s top 10 universities for arts and humanities, life sciences & medicine, and natural sciences.

4. Peking University

Peking University similarly has a very strong reputation across all the subject areas, and in fact comes out third overall for academic reputation (behind the University of Tokyo and National University of Singapore). It also ranks well internationally for many social science subjects – in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject, it’s within the world’s top 50 for politics, law, statistics, economics and accounting.

5. Seoul National University (SNU)

South Korea’s highest ranking university, Seoul National University is currently ranked fourth overall in the QS University Rankings: Asia. Social sciences and management is the subject area in which SNU is highest rated by surveyed academics – but it’s rated within Asia’s top 10 universities for all five of the subject areas considered.

6. Kyoto University

In the overall QS University Rankings: Asia, Kyoto University is currently 10=, sharing this spot with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University. Like fellow Japanese institution, the University of Tokyo, it has a very strong academic reputation – coming out 4th overall in Asia according to QS’s global survey of academics.

7. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is in fact ranked number one in Asia overall, according to the latest QS University Rankings: Asia. This is due to its consistent high performance across all nine of the indicators used to create this ranking, of which academic reputation is one.

8. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

With a third Hong Kong university making this top 10, the city-state certainly has a strong selection of universities for those interested in social sciences and management. The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks 9th overall in this year’s QS University Rankings: Asia.

9. Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is currently ranked 14th overall in the QS University Rankings: Asia (one position higher than in 2012). It has a strong reputation among surveyed academics across all subject areas – but an even stronger reputation among employers. In QS’s global survey of graduate employers, Tsinghua is currently rated Asia’s second best university, behind NUS.

10. Nanyang Technological University

Finally, another Singaporean university closes the top 10. Like Tsinghua, Nanyang Technological University has an even stronger rating among employers than academics – it’s currently rated 6th in Asia by employers. Overall, NTU comes out at 10= in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia, having made an impressive climb from 17th position in 2012.

Top 50 Universities in Asia for Social Sciences & Management

2013 rankInstitution nameCountry/territory
1National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
2
The University of Tokyo

Japan
3University of Hong Kong (HKU)Hong Kong
4Peking UniversityChina
5Seoul National University (SNU)South Korea
6Kyoto UniversityJapan
7The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)Hong Kong
8The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)Hong Kong
9
Tsinghua University

China
10Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore
11
Fudan University

China
12
National Taiwan University (NTU)

Taiwan
13
Waseda University

Japan
14Yonsei UniversitySouth Korea
15Korea UniversitySouth Korea
16Keio UniversityJapan
17City University of Hong Kong (CUHK)Hong Kong
18
Chulalongkorn University

Thailand
19Osaka UniversityJapan
20
Hitotsubashi University

Japan
21Beijing Normal University China
22
Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China
23
Renmin (People’s) University of China

China
24
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong
25
Sungkyunkwan University

South Korea
26
University of Indonesia

Indonesia
27
Nanjing University

China
28
KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

South Korea
29
Thammasat University

Thailand
30
University of Delhi

India
31
University of the Philippines

Philippines
32
Universiti Malaya (UM)

Malaysia
33
National Chengchi University

Taiwan
34
Universitas Gadjah Mada

Indonesia
35
Zhejiang University

China
36
Kobe University

Japan
37
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)

Malaysia
38
Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Malaysia
39
University of Tsukuba

Japan
40
Ateneo de Manila University

Philippines
41
Dongguk University

South Korea
42Sogang UniversitySouth Korea
43Tohoku UniversityJapan
44Nagoya UniversityJapan
45
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)

Hong Kong
46
Kyung Hee University

South Korea
47
Xiamen University

China
48Ewha Womans UniversitySouth Korea
49Mahidol UniversityThailand
50Wuhan UniversityChina

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.

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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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