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Jun 23, 2016 07:47 AM EDT

Asia University Rankings: Singapore Got Top Two Places

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Two of Singaporean Universities landed on top of the latest Asia University Rankings.

Top two of the rankings in the Asia University Rankings are universities from Singapore, National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). This was the highest position these two universities have reached in the last four years of their history. This followed after both universities rose in rank in THE's World University Rankings. The National University of Singapore ranked 26th in the World University Rankings sliming 14 places since 2012 while Nanyang Technological University ranked 55th climbing 11 places since 2011, Times Higher Education reported.

Also, ranking in the second place is China's Peking University which tied with NTU. China also has almost one-fifths of the universities in the top 200 list. Out of 39 universities in China that made it to top 200, 22 of them are in top 100 of the list with two universities in the top 10.

Japan, on the other hand, has 39 universities in the top 200 but only 14 of these universities made it to the top 100 of the list. Its top-ranked university, the University of Tokyo which was in the seventh place, did not make it to the top 10 of the University Rankings.

This is an evidence on how Singapore is striving to excel in 21st century and working hard to make it up the lists. The biggest key to the universities' success is the integration they are making to fit in a wider world. Their integration to the cutting-edge business community gave them a lift. Also, their partnership with US-based universities such as Yale has given them a good boost up the list, Blouin News reported.

Singapore is a major innovation hub and STEM R&D in Asia. The government have been encouraging foreign firm to set up laboratories for innovation and partnering with local universities in Singapore. Even high schools have changed curriculums to train students in 3D printing for a 3D printing firm, Stratasys' future employees.

Also, the special administrative region of China, Hong Kong, had been working hard to send top universities in the list. Hong Kong has six universities in the Asia University Rankings, all of which are in the top 45 of the list. According to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology president tony Chan, Hong Kong's rise is a part of a bigger rise of East Asia in the last few decades.

South Korea on the other hand, has 24 universities in the list which is the most represented countries next to Japan and China. Tied with South Korea is Taiwan which also has 24 universities in the Asia University Rankings.

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