The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have clinched top 11th and 12th position respectively in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Ranking. NUS had previously ranked 15th in the 2018 ranking and NTU, at 10th.
For the top position, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has retain its position as the world's best university for a record-breaking seventh consecutive year.
In 2018, Singapore Management University was ranked between 441-450 but dropped to beyond 500th position this year.
QS rank the world's 1000 best universities, which come from 85 different countries. Universities are evaluated according to the following six metrics:
- Academic Reputation (40%)
- Employer Reputation (10%)
- Faculty/Student Ratio (20%)
- Citations per faculty (20%)
- International Faculty Ratio (5%)
- International Student Ratio (5%)
Wikipedia writes, "Being the only international ranking to have received International Ranking Expert Group (IREG) approval,the QS ranking is viewed as one of the three most-widely read university rankings in the world, along with Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings. However, it has been criticized for its overly reliance on subjective indicators and reputation surveys, which tend to fluctuate over the years. Concern also exists regarding the global consistency and integrity of the data used to generate QS ranking results."