A renowned university in Singapore has recently been named one of the top 10 universities in the world and the best institution in Asia.
Key details: On Wednesday, leading higher education specialist Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) released its annual list of the world’s best universities, widely known as the QS World University Rankings.
A total of 1,500 institutions were featured this year, with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology claiming the top spot for the 12th year in a row with an overall score of 100. The University of Cambridge placed second with an overall score of 99.2, while the University of Oxford reached third place with an overall score of 98.9.
Harvard, Stanford, Imperial College London and ETH Zurich took the list’s fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh places, respectively, while University College London and the University of California, Berkeley placed ninth and 10th.
Making history: The National University of Singapore, which placed eighth, is notably the only Asian university on the list and reportedly the first institution from Asia to ever reach the top 10.
For the past five years, the Southeast Asian institution, which was founded in 1905 as the Straits Settlements and Federated Malay States Government Medical School, placed 11th in the QS World University Rankings.
How they’re scored: Several metrics are taken into account when scoring the institutions, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, international student ratio, international faculty ratio and sustainability.