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Best universities in Asia 2024

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April 30 2024
Best universities in Asia


The best universities in Asia 2024: the top 10

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Asia Rank 2024Asia Rank 2023UniversityCountry/regionWorld University Rank 2024
11Tsinghua UniversityChina12
22Peking UniversityChina14
33National University of SingaporeSingapore19
45Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore32
58The University of TokyoJapan29
64University of Hong KongHong Kong35
7=9Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina43
8=9Fudan UniversityChina44
912Zhejiang UniversityChina=55
106Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong53

The 2024 Asia University Rankings reveal the best colleges and universities in Asia, featuring institutions from 31 territories.

Japan leads the way with 119 universities in the ranking, while India comes second with 91 ranked institutions. China is the third most-represented country, with 86 universities.

China is the best represented region in the top 10, with four universities present.

The Asia University Rankings are based on the same 18 performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but these have been recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia’s universities. Here’s the methodology in full.

Top five universities in Asia

1. Tsinghua University, China

Tsinghua University has been committed to a multidisciplinary system for more than 30 years, having undergone many changes since its establishment in 1911.

It is known as one of the most elite universities in China, admitting only those students who score extremely highly in the national exams.

The university offers 51 undergraduate programmes and more than 200 postgraduate degrees.

Tsinghua, which features in the top 20 in the overall THE World University Rankings, also achieves a top 40 position in all 11 of Times Higher Education’s subject rankings. 

The campus is in northwest Beijing in a district specifically designated as a university hub. Its buildings feature examples of both traditional Chinese architecture and Western styles. Built on the former site of the Qing dynasty royal gardens, the campus has been named one of the most beautiful in the world.

Many graduates become influential at home and abroad, most notably in Chinese politics. Particle physicist Chen-Ning Yang is a Nobel prizewinner associated with the university.

2. Peking University, China

Peking University was the first modern national university in China, founded at the end of the 19th century.

Now it is known as a centre for progressive thought and research excellence. It has 216 research centres, two of which are national engineering institutions.

Although the university teaches and researches across the sciences, the social sciences and humanities, it particularly stands out internationally for physical sciences and engineering.

The university library is the largest of its kind in Asia, holding 11 million books and other resources.

After relocating in 1952, the main campus is now on the former site of the Qing dynasty imperial gardens and still has some of the original features and landscaping, including gardens, pagodas and historic buildings.

The entrance gates to the campus feature murals that are attractions in their own right.

On campus, there are specific dormitories for the 2,000 international students.

Many prominent thinkers in China are alumni of Peking University. Three Nobel prizewinners are also associated with the institution.

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3. National University of Singapore, Singapore

The oldest institution in Singapore and the largest by student numbers, the National University of Singapore combines research excellence and innovation.

It ranks in the top 20 in the world overall, with particularly high scores for research and international outlook, and a standout performance in engineering and technology, law and computer science. 

The entrepreneurial focus at the university dates back three decades to the formation of a dedicated centre for innovation and technopreneurship.

NUS uses Oxbridge-style teaching through small-group tutorials, and US-style course credits to make up the degree requirements. Degree programmes are more flexible than those in the UK; as in the US system, students may transfer between courses early in their degree programme and take modules across different faculties, and are required to have a broad, cross-disciplinary selection of courses.

Many students live on campus in one of the 6,000 residential places across various halls, all served by an internal shuttle bus to take them around campus.

Notable alumni include four Singaporean prime ministers and presidents, two Malaysian prime ministers and many other politicians, businesspeople and local luminaries.

4. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore is a research-intensive university with three campuses in Singapore.

As well as featuring in the top five in the 2024 Asia University Rankings, the institution also ranks highly for engineering and technology, and computer science courses.

It consists of six colleges and schools as well as several research institutes, including Singapore’s National Institute of Education and the Earth Observatory of Singapore.

Spread over 80 hectares (200 acres), the Yunnan Garden Campus is the largest university campus in Singapore and is often considered one of the most beautiful campuses in the world.

5. The University of Tokyo, Japan

The University of Tokyo climbs three positions to enter into the top five this year. It is the highest ranking Japanese university in the Asia Rankings and the World University Rankings. 

It was the first national university when it was established in 1877.

It provides courses across the academic spectrum and has 10 faculties, 15 graduate schools, 11 affiliated research institutes (including the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology), 13 university-wide centres, three main libraries and three institutes for advanced study. 

The university has a slightly unusual course structure in that students follow a liberal arts programme at one campus during their first two years before transferring to another campus to study their chosen major.

The University of Tokyo can boast eight Nobel prizewinners, 15 Japanese prime ministers and five astronauts among its alumni.

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The best universities in Asia 2024: the top 100

Asia Rank 2024Asia Rank 2023UniversityCountry/regionWorld University Rank 2024
11Tsinghua UniversityChina12
22Peking UniversityChina14
33National University of SingaporeSingapore19
45Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore32
58The University of TokyoJapan29
64University of Hong KongHong Kong35
7=9Shanghai Jiao Tong UniversityChina43
8=9Fudan UniversityChina44
912Zhejiang UniversityChina=55
106Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong53
1115University of Science and Technology of ChinaChina57
127The Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong=64
1318Kyoto UniversityJapan=55
1411Seoul National UniversitySouth Korea62
1516City University of Hong KongHong Kong82
1619Nanjing UniversityChina73
1713Yonsei University (Seoul campus)South Korea76
1817Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)South Korea83
1914The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong=87
2034Tohoku UniversityJapan=130
2122Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)South Korea149
2224Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)South Korea=145
23=29Sichuan UniversityChina=150
2455Harbin Institute of TechnologyChina=168
2525Huazhong University of Science and TechnologyChina=158
26=29National Taiwan University (NTU)Taiwan=152
2741Tongji UniversityChina=185
2847Osaka UniversityJapan=175
2956Tokyo Institute of TechnologyJapan=191
=3027Korea UniversitySouth Korea201–250
=3026Wuhan UniversityChina=164
3248Indian Institute of ScienceIndia201–250
3321Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)South Korea=199
=3442Beijing Normal UniversityChina=177
=34=61Tianjin UniversityChina201–250
3637University of MacauMacao=193
37=29King Fahd University of Petroleum and MineralsSaudi Arabia201–250
3832Tel Aviv UniversityIsrael201–250
39=95Xi’an Jiaotong UniversityChina251–300
40=45Khalifa UniversityUnited Arab Emirates251–300
41=49Nagoya UniversityJapan201–250
42=35Kyung Hee UniversitySouth Korea251–300
43=57Hanyang UniversitySouth Korea301–350
4444Sun Yat-sen UniversityChina201–250
45=57South China University of TechnologyChina251–300
4623Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)China201–250
47=92Beijing Institute of TechnologyChina251–300
48=78Southeast UniversityChina301–350
4991Beihang UniversityChina301–350
5039Sejong UniversitySouth Korea251–300
5190Northwestern Polytechnical UniversityChina301–350
=52108Kyushu UniversityJapan301–350
=5228Qatar UniversityQatar251–300
=5263Universiti Teknologi PetronasMalaysia301–350
55=61Nankai UniversityChina251–300
=5633China Medical University, TaiwanTaiwan301–350
=5664Sharif University of TechnologyIran301–350
=58NRDaegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)South Korea351–400
=58=69East China Normal UniversityChina301–350
=58=35Macau University of Science and TechnologyMacao251–300
=5840United Arab Emirates UniversityUnited Arab Emirates301–350
6294Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST)South Korea401–500
63105Hong Kong Baptist UniversityHong Kong301–350
6485National Yang Ming Chiao Tung UniversityTaiwan401–500
6566University of MalayaMalaysia251–300
66=86University of Electronic Science and Technology of ChinaChina351–400
67=119Chongqing UniversityChina351–400
68=119Amirkabir University of TechnologyIran351–400
=6952Koç UniversityTurkey351–400
=6989Middle East Technical UniversityTurkey351–400
=71=137National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)Taiwan401–500
=71=95National Tsing Hua UniversityTaiwan401–500
73=78Southern Medical UniversityChina351–400
74123Chung-Ang UniversitySouth Korea401–500
=75=49Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael301–350
=7576Sabancı UniversityTurkey351–400
7781Xiamen UniversityChina301–350
78=166Dalian University of TechnologyChina401–500
=79=134Hokkaido UniversityJapan351–400
=7974Iran University of Science and TechnologyIran401–500
8167Hunan UniversityChina351–400
82=131University of TsukubaJapan351–400
8343Taipei Medical UniversityTaiwan401–500
8420King Abdulaziz UniversitySaudi Arabia251–300
85=161Universiti Teknologi MalaysiaMalaysia401–500
86=124Technion Israel Institute of TechnologyIsrael351–400
87=177Kyungpook National UniversitySouth Korea501–600
88=71Shenzhen UniversityChina351–400
8959Abu Dhabi UniversityUnited Arab Emirates251–300
90112Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)Japan401–500
91=113Ajou UniversitySouth Korea501–600
92=149Istanbul Technical UniversityTurkey501–600
93251–300Pusan National UniversitySouth Korea501–600
94=159National Cheng Kung University (NCKU)Taiwan501–600
95=183Shanghai UniversityChina501–600
96=45University of SharjahUnited Arab Emirates351–400
9738King Saud UniversitySaudi Arabia401–500
98201–250China University of Petroleum, BeijingChina501–600
99=170Universiti Sains MalaysiaMalaysia401–500
100=157University of TehranIran401–500

The Asia University Rankings 2024: full results

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