All these university rankings are making NTU very confused

NTU be like: "Quit playing games with my heart."

Tan Xing Qi| November 24, 11:32 AM

Just weeks after the sobering fact that it doesn't exactly produce the most sought after graduates,  Nanyang Technological University (NTU) woke up to news today that it is the top young university for two consecutive years.

This according to a ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) called QS Top 50 under 50. As its name suggests, the table is based on the ranking of the world’s top 50 universities under 50 years old.

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is ranked No.1 for the 2nd consecutive year in the QS young universities world rankings. The only Singapore...

Posted by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on Monday, 23 November 2015

NTU – housed near the Jurong West extension area aka live firing area – widened its lead over Hong Kong University of Science and Technology by 5.9 points, garnering 93.9 points this year.

Last year, its lead over the Hong Kong university was only 0.7 points.

Amongst the older and bigger boys, NTU is in 13th place, just below the National University of Singapore.

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This is how QS described NTU:

"Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is the fastest-rising university in the world’s Top 50 and ranked 39th globally. NTU is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities. NTU offers engineering, science, business, humanities, arts and social sciences, and medicine. Its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine is set up jointly with Imperial College London. With 400 partnerships including joint PhD programmes with top academic institutions and joint laboratories with industry leaders such as BMW, Rolls-Royce and Robert Bosch, NTU is also ranked No. 1 globally for industry income and innovation."


Funny — for a university that is ranked numero uno among the world's youngest institutions, it's still not churning out the most sought-after graduates.

According to the Global Employability University Ranking, NTU placed 117th in the world among 150 institutions for producing employable graduates. And it didn't even make it into the rankings in 2014.

NTU's feelings now:

quit playing games


So what is the moral of this story?

All these numbers and rankings are plain confusing. Just do your job and mug on, guys.



H/T: Channel NewsAsia and Lianhe Zaobao

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