Top 10 Universities in Asia 2012 Revealed

Top 10 universities in Asia 2012 published

QS recently published its Asian university ranking, revealing the top 10 universities in Asia (2011-2012) that would give certain institutions bragging rights.

Last year, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) surprised everyone, overtaking the more prominent Hong Kong University (HKU) in the process to rank as the best university in Asia. This time around they prove their mantle again, maintaining the position at the top of the list. The university continues to strengthen its performance across all of the major measurements studied. It also manages to streamline its superior research publication standards.

Top 10 universities in Asia 2012:

  1. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)
  2. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  3. University of Hong Kong
  4. Seoul National University
  5. The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  6. Peking University
  7. Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST)
  8. University of Tokyo
  9. Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH)
  10. Kyoto University

Hot on the heels of HKUST is Singapore’s leading tertiary institution, National University of Singapore (NUS), which displaced HKU into third place. In terms of academic and employer reputation, NUS scored the top marks alongside another two universities, the Peking University (ranked 6th) and University of Tokyo (8).

The latest top 10 universities in Asia is also indicative of growing supremacy of three countries: Korea, China and Singapore. With the Asian economy continues to boom as opposed to the West, institutions in these countries are presented with bigger power to spend and compete. 15 of 16 premier universities from Korea improve their position this time around, with Seoul University ranked fourth, the university’s best ranking to date.

Japan universities, on the other hand, suffer dip in general. Tokyo University, which usually ranks in the top five, slipped into 8th. Another leading Japanese institution, Kyoto University also dropped three places, while Osaka University also fell three spots.

A couple of universities make a surprise debut by ranking straight into Asia’s top 100. Tokyo University of Science, for instance, celebrates its inaugural listing at rank 59th. Another new entrants include National University of Science of Pakistan and Taiwan’s Taipei Medical University, both ranked within the top 100.

Another interesting finding from the 2012 ranking is that, four out of the 10 universities in Asia were established less than 50 years ago. Despite being relatively newer than other more prominently known institutions, these universities demonstrate their growing reputation and power to dominate the academic market. The HKUST itself was only founded in 1991, slightly over 20 years ago.

The QS Asian university ranking has been established since four years ago, where universities are ranked to four major criteria that include research, employability, teaching and internationalization. These are further split into nine sub-categories that analyze research publications and citations, student/faculty ratio and international students proportion, among others.