Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region 2017

The top universities in the Asia-Pacific region according to data from Times Higher Education 

July 4 2017

Times Higher Education has launched its first Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017 to reflect the region’s growing strength in the higher education sector.

THE’s Asia-Pacific University Ranking 2017 analysed universities across 38 nations in East Asia, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The overall ranking features just over 200 universities from 13 different nations. 

The ranking uses the same performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings 2016-17, however the weightings were adjusted to reflect the younger profile of some of the universities in the region. The full methodology can be found here.

Japan is the most-represented nation with 69 universities featured. China is in second place with 52 universities. Other countries with a strong presence in the ranking are Australia (35 universities), Taiwan (26), South Korea (25) and Thailand (nine).

Universities from China and Singapore dominate the top five places. The only university outside Asia to appear in the top five is the University of Melbourne in third place. The other four universities are the National University of Singapore (in first place), Peking University (second place), Tsinghua University (fourth place) and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (fifth place).


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Top five universities in Asia-Pacific region

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1. National University of Singapore 

The National University of Singapore is a highly international university with more than half the student body made up of international students. It has overseas colleges in many different locations including Israel, Germany, the US and Sweden. It has also formed collaborations with leading US institutions Duke University and Yale University.

The university has 17 schools across three campuses in Singapore and regularly ranks highly in both the Asia University Rankings and the THE World University Rankings.

The university started as a medical school in 1905 and has since developed to be one of Asia’s flagship universities. It was established as the National University of Singapore after the merger of the University of Singapore and Nanyang University in 1980.

2. Peking University

The university was founded in 1898 and was the first national university in Chinese modern history. The teaching language for undergraduates is English, while graduate-level programmes are taught in either English or Chinese. It is the leading liberal arts university in China and also has a large mathematics and science faculty. The university consists of 31 colleges and 14 departments.

It has the largest university library in China containing more than 4 million volumes, including more than 1 million thread-bound Chinese books.

Many of the buildings on campus retain their original Chinese-style design and structure including traditional houses, gardens and pagodas, as well as many notable historic buildings and structures.

3. University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is a public research institution and Australia’s second-oldest university. Four Australian prime ministers have graduated from the institution and nine Nobel laureates have been associated with it.

The undergraduate curriculum is unusual for Australia since it offers nine generalised three-year degrees instead of more specialised undergraduate courses. This style of teaching has been labelled the “Melbourne Model”. The university also offers postgraduate courses.

Melbourne is one of the leading research universities in Australia and some of the research developed there has been adapted throughout the world. In the 1970s, research at the institution led to the first successful cochlear implant. Since 1984, more than 220,000 people worldwide have received a cochlear implant.

4. Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University is one of the most selective institutions in the world and a comprehensive research university. Its 20 schools and 54 departments cover subjects in art, economics, education, engineering, history, management, medicine, law, literature, philosophy and the sciences.

Tsinghua has more than 110 student associations and groups covering five areas: science and technology, physical training, humanities, arts and public welfare.

Tsinghua campus is in northwest Beijing, in the Haidian district, which was traditionally reserved specifically for universities and other academic institutes.

5. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore is a relatively young research-intensive institution and is considered Singapore’s main science and technology university. It was formally established in 1991 through the merger of Nanyang Technological Institute and the National Institute of Education.

The university has three campuses: Yunnan Garden, NTU @one-north, and Novena. Yunnan Garden is the biggest in Singapore and has been voted one of the top 15 most beautiful campuses in the world. Yunnan is also an eco-friendly campus and the university has pledged to become the greenest campus in the world by 2022.

Best universities in the Asia-Pacific region

Asia-Pacific rank 2017 THE World University rank 2016-17 University Country/region
1 24 National University of Singapore Singapore
2 29 Peking University China
3 =33 University of Melbourne Australia
4 35 Tsinghua University China
5 54 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
6 =43 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
7 49 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
8 47 Australian National University Australia
9 39 University of Tokyo Japan
10 =60 University of Queensland Australia
11 =60 University of Sydney Australia
12 74 Monash University Australia
13 =89 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
14 =72 Seoul National University South Korea
15 =104 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
16 =78 University of New South Wales Australia
17 76 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
18 119 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
19 125 University of Western Australia Australia
20 142 University of Adelaide Australia
21 =137 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
22 =91 Kyoto University Japan
23 =153 University of Science and Technology of China China
24 =165 University of Auckland New Zealand
25 155 Fudan University China
26 201—250 University of Technology Sydney Australia
27 =192 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
28 201—250 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
29 201—250 Zhejiang University China
30 201—250 Korea University South Korea
31 201—250 University of Otago New Zealand
32 201—250 Queensland University of Technology Australia
33 =195 National Taiwan University Taiwan
34 201—250 Nanjing University China
35 201—250 University of Newcastle Australia
36 251—300 University of South Australia Australia
37 201—250 Tohoku University Japan
=38 251—300 Charles Darwin University Australia
=38 251—300 Macquarie University Australia
40 251—300 University of Wollongong Australia
41 251—300 Yonsei University South Korea
42 251—300 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
=43 251—300 Griffith University Australia
=43 251—300 James Cook University Australia
45 301—350 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
46 251—300 Osaka University Japan
47 251—300 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
48 301—350 University of Tasmania Australia
49 251—300 Deakin University Australia
50 301—350 Nagoya University Japan
51 351—400 Kyung Hee University South Korea
52 351—400 Hanyang University South Korea
53 401—500 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
54 351—400 University of Canterbury New Zealand
55 351—400 Victoria University Australia
56 351—400 Toyota Technological Institute Japan
57 401—500 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
=58 351—400 La Trobe University Australia
=58 351—400 Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand
60 351—400 Swinburne University of Technology Australia
61 351—400 University of Macau Macao
=62 351—400 Kyushu University Japan
=62 401—500 Murdoch University Australia
64 351—400 Flinders University Australia
=65 401—500 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
=65 401—500 Sun Yat-sen University China
=67 351—400 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong
=67 401—500 Wuhan University China
=69 401—500 Curtin University Australia
=69 401—500 Western Sydney University Australia
71 401—500 Lincoln University New Zealand
72 401—500 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) Japan
=73 401—500 Ewha Womans University South Korea
=73 401—500 RMIT University Australia
75 401—500 University of Tsukuba Japan
76 401—500 Hokkaido University Japan
77 401—500 Central Queensland University Australia
78 401—500 University of Waikato New Zealand
79 401—500 Chung-Ang University South Korea
80 501—600 Tongji University China
=81 401—500 University of Canberra Australia
=81 401—500 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
83 501—600 University of Ulsan South Korea
84 501—600 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan
85 401—500 Massey University New Zealand
86 401—500 Tokyo Metropolitan University Japan
=87 501—600 Soochow University China
=87 501—600 Southeast University China
89 401—500 Renmin University of China China
90 501—600 Harbin Institute of Technology China
91 501—600 East China Normal University China
=92 501—600 Southern Cross University Australia
=92 501—600 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
94 501—600 Tianjin University China
95 501—600 East China University of Science and Technology China
96 501—600 Edith Cowan University Australia
=97 501—600 Bond University Australia
=97 401—500 Xiamen University China
99 501—600 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
100 501—600 Pusan National University South Korea
101–110 501—600 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
101–110 501—600 China Agricultural University China
101–110 501—600 Hiroshima University Japan
101–110 501—600 Mahidol University Thailand
101–110 601—800 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
101–110 501—600 Sejong University South Korea
101–110 501—600 Sogang University South Korea
101–110 601—800 South China University of Technology China
101–110 501—600 University of the Sunshine Coast Australia
101–110 601—800 Taipei Medical University Taiwan
111–120 601—800 Australian Catholic University Australia
111–120 601—800 Chiba University Japan
111–120 601—800 Dalian University of Technology China
111–120 601—800 Kanazawa University Japan
111–120 601—800 Keio University Japan
111–120 601—800 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Thailand
111–120 601—800 Nanjing Medical University China
111–120 601—800 National Central University Taiwan
111–120 501—600 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
111–120 601—800 Yeungnam University South Korea
121–130 601—800 Beijing Institute of Technology China
121–130 601—800 Chang Gung University Taiwan
121–130 601—800 China University of Geosciences (Wuhan) China
121–130 601—800 China University of Petroleum (Beijing) China
121–130 601—800 Ehime University Japan
121–130 601—800 Nanjing Agricultural University China
121–130 601—800 Osaka City University Japan
121–130 601—800 Universiti Putra Malaysia Malaysia
121–130 601—800 Sichuan University China
121–130 601—800 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Malaysia
131–140 601—800 Inha University South Korea
131–140 601—800 Kobe University Japan
131–140 601—800 Kochi University Japan
131–140 601—800 Konkuk University South Korea
131–140 601—800 Kumamoto University Japan
131–140 601—800 Northeast Normal University China
131–140 601—800 Northwestern Polytechnical University China
131–140 601—800 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia
131–140 601—800 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology Japan
131–140 601—800 Waseda University Japan
141–150 601—800 Chulalongkorn University Thailand
141–150 601—800 Feng Chia University Taiwan
141–150 601—800 Hunan University China
141–150 601—800 Jilin University China
141–150 601—800 Juntendo University Japan
141–150 601—800 Nagoya City University Japan
141–150 601—800 Northeastern University China
141–150 601—800 Okayama University Japan
141–150 601—800 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia
141–150 601—800 University of Science and Technology Beijing China
141–150 601—800 University of Southern Queensland Australia
141–150 601—800 Yokohama City University Japan
151–160 601—800 Ajou University South Korea
151–160 601—800 Capital Medical University China
151–160 601—800 Kaohsiung Medical University Taiwan
151–160 601—800 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Malaysia
151–160 601—800 National Taiwan Ocean University Taiwan
151–160 601—800 Shantou University China
151–160 601—800 Tokushima University Japan
151–160 601—800 Tokyo University of Science Japan
161–170 601—800 Chiang Mai University Thailand
161–170 601—800 Chonbuk National University South Korea
161–170 601—800 Chonnam National University South Korea
161–170 601—800 Chung Yuan Christian University Taiwan
161–170 > 800 King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang Thailand
161–170 601—800 Kyungpook National University South Korea
161–170 601—800 Nanjing Normal University China
161–170 601—800 National Chung Cheng University Taiwan
161–170 601—800 National Chung Hsing University Taiwan
161–170 601—800 Toyohashi University of Technology (TUT) Japan
171–180 601—800 Asia University, Taiwan Taiwan
171–180 > 800 Chongqing University China
171–180 601—800 Jikei University School of Medicine Japan
171–180 601—800 Kindai University Japan
171–180 601—800 Nagoya Institute of Technology Japan
171–180 > 800 National Taipei University of Technology Taiwan
171–180 601—800 Shinshu University Japan
171–180 601—800 Suranaree University of Technology Thailand
171–180 601—800 Yamagata University Japan
171–180 601—800 Yuan Ze University Taiwan
181–190 > 800 Central South University China
181–190 > 800 Nagaoka University of Technology Japan
181–190 601—800 Nagasaki University Japan
181–190 601—800 Niigata University Japan
181–190 > 800 Ocean University of China China
181–190 > 800 Shanghai University China
181–190 > 800 University of Toyama Japan
181–190 > 800 Xidian University China
181–190 601—800 University of Yamanashi Japan
181–190 > 800 Yokohama National University Japan
191–200 > 800 China University of Mining and Technology China
191–200 > 800 Chuo University Japan
191–200 > 800 Gifu University Japan
191–200 > 800 Jinan University China
191–200 > 800 Khon Kaen University Thailand
191–200 > 800 Nanjing Tech University China
191–200 > 800 Osaka Prefecture University Japan
191–200 > 800 Prince of Songkla University Thailand
191–200 > 800 Saitama University Japan
191–200 > 800 Saitama Medical University Japan
191–200 > 800 Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology Japan
191–200 > 800 Xiangtan University China
200+ > 800 Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) Indonesia
200+ > 800 Chiba Institute of Technology Japan
200+ > 800 Chungnam National University South Korea
200+ > 800 Doshisha University Japan
200+ > 800 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China
200+ > 800 Fu Jen Catholic University Taiwan
200+ > 800 Gunma University Japan
200+ > 800 Hallym University South Korea
200+ > 800 Hosei University Japan
200+ > 800 I-Shou University Taiwan
200+ > 800 University of Indonesia Indonesia
200+ > 800 Iwate University Japan
200+ > 800 Jiangsu University China
200+ > 800 Kansai University Japan
200+ > 800 Kasetsart University Thailand
200+ > 800 Kwansei Gakuin University Japan
200+ > 800 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) Japan
200+ > 800 Meiji University Japan
200+ > 800 Ming Chuan University Taiwan
200+ > 800 National Chengchi University Taiwan
200+ > 800 Oita University Japan
200+ > 800 University of the Philippines Philippines
200+ > 800 Ritsumeikan University Japan
200+ > 800 University of Seoul South Korea
200+ > 800 Shaanxi Normal University China
200+ > 800 Shibaura Institute of Technology Tokyo Japan
200+ > 800 Shimane University Japan
200+ > 800 Shizuoka University Japan
200+ > 800 Showa University Japan
200+ > 800 Sophia University Japan
200+ > 800 Southwest Jiaotong University China
200+ > 800 Tamkang University Taiwan
200+ > 800 Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia
200+ > 800 Tokai University Japan
200+ > 800 Tokyo City University Japan
200+ > 800 Tokyo Denki University Japan
200+ > 800 Tottori University Japan
200+ > 800 Universiti Utara Malaysia Malaysia
200+ > 800 Utsunomiya University Japan
200+ > 800 Wuhan University of Technology China
200+ > 800 Yamaguchi University Japan

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