NTNU Achieves its Highest Ranking in Years in QS Asia
QS University Rankings recently announced the new rankings for Asian universities for 2014. Last year, NTNU was ranked 85th. This year, NTNU moved up ten places to number 75, which is the highest ranking NTNU has achieved in recent years. Moreover, NTNU showed marked improvement in a number of indicators, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty student ratio and internationalization.
The truth is, NTNU's overall score has increased year by year. In 2011, NTNU received subsidy from the Ministry of Education’s Aim for the Top University Project. In that year, NTNU received a score of 47.1. Subsequently, the score has gone up each from 48.74 in 2012 and 52.9 in 2013 to 57.7 in 2014. NTNU's scores have been rising steadily for a number of indicators.
The ranking results over the past few years show that NTNU was ranked between 104 and 105 from 2009 to 2011. In 2012, the ranking jumped up to number 87 in Asia and since then has gradually moved up to number 75, which is NTNU's highest ranking to date.
A closer look at the various indicators reveals that NTNU's score rose from last year’s 68.8 to 70.8 this year for academic reputation. NTNU is ranked fourth in Taiwan for this indicator, behind only National Taiwan University, National Tsing Hua University and National Cheng Kung University. As for employer reputation, NTNU's score moved up from last year's score of 34.8 to 47.4 this year, showing the increasing recognition of NTNU by the outside community. The faculty student ratio score has also increased dramatically, from 48.9 to 58.1. This shows that NTNU has hired many new faculty members. As for papers per faculty and citations per paper, NTNU's scores this year decreased slightly compared to last year's scores.
When it comes to internationalization, NTNU's score for proportion of international students went up from last year's score of 47.4 to 83.9 this year, the second highest score in Taiwan, next to National Chiao Tung University. This indicates that the number of international students studying Mandarin and pursuing degrees at NTNU has risen significantly. NTNU's score for proportion of international faculty also increased from 31.5 to 43.9. However, as for the outbound and inbound exchange student ratio, scores for outbound exchange students has decreased slightly.
President Kuo-en Chang pointed out that among the 30 subjects ranked by the 2014 QS World University Rankings, NTNU is ranked 42nd in education, which falls within the subject area of the social sciences. Moreover, NTNU is also ranked among the top universities in Asia for the arts and humanities. In fact, according to the 2013 QS Rankings, NTNU is ranked 21st among universities in Asia in this subject area.
President Chang attributes NTNU's moving up in the rankings to the efforts of the administration, faculty and students. NTNU has received widespread recognition for its positive undertakings. Furthermore, NTNU has made significant progress in many areas, such as recruiting talent, enhancing research teams, refining curriculum, increasing international involvement, organizational and administrative reforms and campus renovation.