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QS Asian University Rankings™ reveals academic excellence and innovation in the most dynamic region in the world

(Rankings live on http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2011)

•   Hong Kong University  of Science and Technology ( HKUST) leapfrogs Hong Kong University (HKU) and stays ahead of National University of Singapore (NUS) and Tokyo University
•   Japan is the best-represented nation, with five of the top 10 and 57 of the top 200 universities, ahead of China (40) and South Korea (35), Taiwan (16), India (11), Thailand (9), Indonesia (8), Malaysia (7) and Hong Kong (7)
•   13 countries represented, with Bangladesh and Pakistan as new entries

Top five universities



Institution name


The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Hong Kong

University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

National University of Singapore (NUS)


The University of Tokyo


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

(View the top 200 at http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings/asian-university-rankings/2011)  

The 2011 QS Asian University Rankings™ show that Hong Kong’s universities still lead the way despite massive investment from China, Japan, Korea and India. HKUST has underlined its ambitious development by narrowly overtaking HKU to top the table, while Chinese University of Hong Kong retains its place in the top five.
“Both HKUST and HKU are strong across most of the indicators, with their truly international character setting them apart”, says Ben Sowter, head of QS Intelligence Unit. “HKUST has the edge in research productivity, where the gap has widened in 2011.”

Despite the troubled Japanese economy, its universities continue to perform strongly. Tokyo and Kyoto each move up one place to 4th and 7th respectively.

In Singapore, NUS retains its place in the top three and NTU consolidates its strong 2010 performance, moving up one place to 17th.

Mainland China’s universities perform strongly in the reputation indicators, with Peking and Tsinghua both rated in the top seven by academics, and third and fourth by employers.

Two more Indian universities make the top 50 than in 2010, with IIT Kanpur (36) overtaking IIT Bombay, which drops two places to 38. Government investment has increased access to university and research productivity, but low scores for citations suggest Indian research is not yet as influential as that of other leading Asian countries.
Six out of seven Malaysian universities have improved on their 2010 ranking.

The dynamism of the region is confirmed by the fact that 20% of the top 50 universities are less than 50 years old, including HKUST which has just celebrated its twentieth anniversary.

Notes for Editors

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QS Asian University Rankings™
Published for the first time in 2009, the QS Asian University Rankings is published annually and ranks Asia’s top 200 universities based on relevant criteria including:

QS Asian University Rankings™


Academic peer review


Recruiter review


Student/faculty Ratio


Papers per faculty


Citations per paper


International faculty review


International student review


Student exchange inbound


Student exchange outbound


QS World University Rankings™
The QS World University Rankings™ is arguably the best-known and most widely referenced university ranking of its kind. Published annually, it ranks the world’s top 500 universities based on relevant criteria which include:

QS World University Rankings


Peer Academic Review


Recruiter Review


International Faculty Ratio


International Student Ratio


Student Faculty Ratio


Citations per Faculty (citation data supplied by Scopus)


Ben Sowter
Ben Sowter is the Head of Research at QS, QS Intelligence Unit. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Nottingham, where he was also awarded the Union Prize for outstanding contribution to the student union and served as chairman of the Nottingham University Debating Society. Ben is fully responsible for the operational management of all major QS research projects and is actively involved in all the collection, compilation and tabulation of all the data that lead to, amongst others the World University Rankings® research in which he has been involved since its initial inception in 2004. A frequent contributor to the press, Ben’s opinion on global education trends and his expertise is used regularly by major global publications.

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