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NTNU Reached 22nd in New QS Subject Ranking

QS World University Rankings of global higher education for 2015 were announced on April 29th. NTNU is now ranked 22nd in the world in the subject of education, moving up 20 places compared to last year’s ranking. Thus, NTNU is now ranked higher than any other Chinese speaking normal university. Moreover, NTNU has now entered the rankings in a total of seven subjects, three more than last year. The newly ranked subjects include electrical engineering, information science and chemistry. The new rankings show that NTNU has truly become a comprehensive university.

In addition to the excellent results in the field of education in the subject area of social sciences, NTNU is also ranked among the world’s top 200 universities in three fields within the arts and humanities subject area, namely modern languages, linguistics, and English language & literature. For the third year in a row, NTNU is ranked between 51 and 100 in linguistics. NTNU has risen to between 101 and 150 in modern languages and is once again ranked between 151 and 200 in English language & literature.

NTNU is, for the first time, ranked among the top 350 universities in the world in three other subjects. In the subject area of engineering & technology, NTNU is now ranked between 251 and 300 in electrical engineering and between 301 and 350 in information science, and chemistry, in the subject area of natural sciences.

QS World University Rankings first began publishing its rankings in 2011. Universities are ranked within 7 subject areas, with a total of 36 subjects. Rankings are based on four factors, including academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper and the H-index. However, since various subjects differ, weightings are adapted for each discipline. Between 100 and 400 schools are ranked, depending on the numbers and scales of schools, in each subject.

According to the Office of Research and Development, NTNU’s QS Rankings in various disciplines continue to rise and the number of subjects entering the rankings keeps increasing. In 2013, NTNU only made the rankings in education and linguistics. In 2014, four subjects made the top 200. As of 2015, a total of seven subjects have entered the rankings. More importantly, NTNU has now entered the rankings in the subject areas of engineering & technology and natural sciences. These rankings show that NTNU has already developed into a truly comprehensive university.

It is remarkable that NTNU has achieved outstanding results in the subject of education, with the ranking moving up from between 101 and 150 in 2012, to number 50 in 2013, to number 42 in 2014 and finally to number 22 this year. The total score in education increased from 69.7 last year to 78.9 this year, with the score going up in all four indices. The highest score is 86.1, in research citations per paper, which is 6.4 points higher than last year’s score. Moreover, the score for academic reputation rose by 11.8 points.

NTNU President Kuo-en Chang stated that the Ministry of Education’s funding for Aim for the Top University Project will continue to support the university. Outstanding results were achieved in all disciplines. In the future, NTNU will continue to strive to achieve even higher levels of educational and academic excellence and establish the finest campus environment for learning and research. For the benefit of society, NTNU will continue to cultivate leading talent and pursue top world university rankings for the glory of Taiwan.