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Top Universities in Asia for Engineering and Technology 2014

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As part of the QS University Rankings: Asia, the QS Intelligence Unit analyzes responses to its major global survey of academics, in order to identify the universities in Asia with the strongest reputations in the international academic community. The overall results of this survey can be viewed by sorting the published ranking table (this option is exclusively available to logged-in site members). For those interested in discovering the best-reputed Asian institutions in a particular field, further analysis gives a breakdown of the academic reputation survey in five major subject areas. Below are this year’s top universities in Asia for engineering and technology subjects, as rated by academics.

1. University of Tokyo

Japan’s top university is also Asia’s overall leader when it comes to academic reputation. The University of Tokyo, or “Todai”, is rated top in four out of the five subject areas considered, coming second to the National University of Singapore for social sciences and management only. In the overall QS University Rankings: Asia, which combines academic reputation with an additional eight indicators, Todai currently stands in 10th place.

2. National University of Singapore (NUS)

Again boasting a very strong international reputation across all subject areas, Singapore’s leading institution made headlines this month when it ascended to the very top of the overall QS University Rankings: Asia – marking the first time the list has not been headed by a Hong Kong-based university. Highly rated across all subject areas, the National University of Singapore (NUS) also comes top in Asia in QS’s global survey of employers.

3. Tsinghua University

China’s Tsinghua University stands at 14th place in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia, but would be within the top five if the ranking were based solely on the views of academics and employers. Breaking down the responses from academics, it’s rated within the top 10 universities in Asia for all five subject areas, claiming its strongest reputation in the engineering and technology field.

4. Kyoto University

Testimony to the strong international reputation enjoyed by many Japanese universities, Kyoto University is rated consistently well by academics in every discipline. Strong competition, particularly from institutions in Singapore and South Korea, has pushed it outside of the overall Asian top 10 this year, but reputation doesn’t change so fast. For those interested in engineering and technology, the city may hold particular appeal due to its cluster of high-tech ventures and as the home of the Kyoto Research Park innovation hub.

5. Tokyo Institute of Technology

Continuing Japan’s prestige in the field is the more specialized Tokyo Institute of Technology, or “Tokyo Tech”, a national research university with a focus on science and technology subjects. Engineering and technology is the field for which Tokyo Tech is best-reputed, but it’s also rated among the 10 universities in Asia for natural sciences, top 50 for  life sciences and medicine, and top 100 for arts and humanities, and for social sciences and management – reflecting more comprehensive strengths than its name might imply.

6. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Having climbed to second place in the overall QS University Rankings: Asia this year, KAIST is now the South Korean pack leader. Founded only in 1971, this science and technology powerhouse is one of a wave of young universities in Asia that have rapidly gained international status. It’s currently third in the QS Top 50 Under 50, which celebrates the world’s top universities established in the last half century. 

7. Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

The second Singaporean institution which has risen to global prominence in recent years, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) climbed three places in the overall Asia ranking this year, consolidating its top-10 position. Its reputation within the academic community is strongest for engineering and technology subjects, but it’s rated within Asia’s top 20 across all subject areas – and enjoys an even stronger reputation among graduate employers, who place it fifth in the region.

8. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

It’s perhaps surprising that the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is Hong Kong’s sole representative among the 10 top universities in Asia for engineering and technology – though it is joined by two more Hong Kong institutions in the top 20 (see below). Having topped the Asia ranking last year, HKUST has now fallen to fifth in the overall table. But this young institution – leader of the QS Top 50 Under 50 – remains one of the region’s most impressive, and one of the most popular choices for international students and academics.

9. Seoul National University (SNU)

Currently fourth in the overall Asia ranking, Seoul National University (SNU) is one of the established forerunners in the South Korean higher education system, which continues to improve its overall performance and rankings each year. A truly comprehensive institution, SNU holds impressive ratings from academics in every subject area, and is equally highly viewed by employers.

10. Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Another of China’s most prestigious universities, Shanghai Jiao Tong University doesn’t appear until 28th in the overall Asia ranking – but, like compatriot Tsinghua, would be much higher if the list were solely based on the view of academics and employers. It gets its strongest rating for engineering and technology, but is also rated among the top 20 in Asia for life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.

Top 50 universities in Asia for engineering & technology, 2014

1

The University of Tokyo

Japan

2

National University of Singapore (NUS)

Singapore

3

Tsinghua University

China

4

Kyoto University

Japan

5

Tokyo Institute of Technology

Japan

6

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

South Korea

7

Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore

8

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

Hong Kong

9

Seoul National University (SNU)

South Korea

10

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

China

11

Peking University

China

12

National Taiwan University (NTU)

Taiwan

13

University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Hong Kong

14

Tohoku University

Japan

15

Osaka University

Japan

16

Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)

India

17

Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)

India

18

Zhejiang University

China

19

Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)

India

20

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

Hong Kong

21

Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)

South Korea

22

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)

India

23

University of Science and Technology of China

China

24

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

25

Indian Institute of Science

India

26

National Tsing Hua University

Taiwan

27

Nagoya University

Japan

28

Harbin Institute of Technology

China

29

Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IITKGP)

India

30

Kyushu University

Japan

31

Hokkaido University

Japan

32

Fudan University

China

33

Chulalongkorn University

Thailand

34

Waseda University

Japan

35

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB)

Indonesia

36

National Cheng Kung University

Taiwan

37

Xi'an Jiaotong University

China

38

National Chiao Tung University

Taiwan

39

Tongji University

China

40

Yonsei University

South Korea

41

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

42

Sungkyunkwan University

South Korea

43

Korea University

South Korea

44

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Taiwan

45

Keio University

Japan

46

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Malaysia

47

Nanjing University

China

48

Hanyang University

South Korea

49

Huazhong University of Science and Technology

China

50

Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)

India

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. The top universities in Asia for engineering and technology, listed above, are based on analysis of the academic reputation survey. 

Image credits: Fran C. Muller / Shutterstock.com (University of Tokyo), e X p o s e / Shutterstock.com (NTU)

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

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5 Comments

not a single university of my country Pakistan..........................

Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) is in Indonesia, not in India................Please make correction............ref-35

Hi Tilak. Thanks so much for pointing out the mistake; this should be corrected now.

Laura

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