By Wong Jing Hui
NTU now ranks fourth in Asia in the 2017 Times Higher Education Asia University Rankings, slipping from its No. 2 spot in 2016.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) was ranked top university in Asia for the second year in a row.
Despite an increase in the University’s overall score from 72.9 points in 2016 to 74.2 points this year, NTU still fell behind second-place Peking University and third-place Tsinghua University.
This is in contrast to the QS Asia University Rankings 2016-17 released last month, which ranked NTU as 2nd in Asia.
In response to NTU’s ranking, NTU President Professor Bertil Andersson said: “The competition is of course much keener when you are at the top, with many similarly dynamic and ambitious Asian universities putting up a strong fight. Some fluctuations each year are not unexpected when you are in the top league.”
Prof Andersson added that he was content with the University’s achievement. “I’m happy that NTU has performed better and has higher scores compared to last year. Compared to two years ago when we were placed 10th, we have made big strides up in the rankings, although not as much as last year.”
Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said: “NTU has done well and improved its overall score in the tables since last year, but China’s Peking and Tsinghua universities improved by a larger margin, resulting in their second and third rankings respectively.”
Students interviewed by the Nanyang Chronicle said they were not bothered by the fall in ranking.
Second-year School of Art, Design and Media student Lea Wong, 21, said: “A ranking shouldn’t define us as NTU students or how we regard the school. It boils down to the fact that we are studying what we are passionate about.
“Rank should not be a focus, it should be viewed as a bonus.”
Others said the ranking slip did not undermine their academic experiences here so far.
Shivam Chopra, 22, a fourth-year Nanyang Business School student, said he hopes the drop will spur the University to do better.
“We just have to keep improving ourselves and learn from the two universities that have overtaken us. A fall in ranking does not mean that NTU is a bad university.”
For Wong Song Wei, 24, a third-year Renaissance Engineering Programme student, learning experience for the past three years on campus has been largely positive.
He said: “The professors try their best to be clear by explaining concepts and making sure we can understand it. They are very approachable as well.”