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Who has the best universities in south-east Asia according to QS World University Rankings

by on July 14, 2017 | Top Stories, University Rankings

Who has the best universities in south-east Asia according to QS World University Rankings® 2018?

We know that the top 10 universities in the world are mainly from the US and the UK. But which are the best universities of each country? The QS World University Rankings® 2018 has released a list of the top universities in the world by location.

This year, the QS World University Rankings® 2018 has released a list of the top universities in the world by location. This list could be particularly useful for students who are looking for higher education opportunities in a particular country or region.

Coming closer to home, here are the countries in south-east Asia and the corresponding top university for each country:

Corresponding top university for each country in South-East Asia
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Singapore: Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
ranked 11th

Universiti Malaya (UM)

Malaysia: Universiti Malaya (UM) – ranked joint 114th

Chulalongkorn University

Thailand: Chulalongkorn University – ranked joint 245th

University of Indonesia

Indonesia: University of Indonesia – ranked joint 277th

University of Brunei Darussalam

Brunei Darussalam: University of Brunei Darussalam – ranked joint 349th

University of the Philippines

Philippines: University of the Philippines – ranked joint 367th

Note: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam were not ranked


Overall, notable universities in Asia were dominated by Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. The top 10 universities in Asia are (world ranking indicated in brackets):

  1. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Singapore (#11)
  2. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore (#15)
  3. Tsinghua University, China (#25)
  4. The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong (#26)
  5. The University of Tokyo, Japan (#28)
  6. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong (#30)
  7. Seoul National University, South Korea (#36)
  8. Kyoto University, Japan (#36)
  9. Peking University, China (#38)
  10. Fudan University, China (#40)


Top universities of each country in other parts of Asia are shown below:

China: Tsinghua University – ranked 25th


Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong (HKU) – ranked 26th


Japan: University of Tokyo – ranked joint 28th


South Korea: Seoul National University (SNU) – ranked joint 36th


Taiwan: National Taiwan University (NTU) – ranked joint 76th


Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem – ranked 145th


India: Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) – ranked 172nd


Saudi Arabia: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) – ranked joint 173rd


Lebanon: American University of Beirut (AUB) – ranked 235th


Kazakhstan: Al-Farabi Kazakh National University – ranked joint 236th


Qatar: Qatar University – ranked joint 349th


United Arab Emirates: United Arab Emirates University – ranked 390th


Bahrain: Arabian Gulf University – ranked 411-420


Turkey: Bilkent University – ranked 421-430


Pakistan: National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Islamabad – ranked 431-440


Oman: Sultan Qaboos University – ranked 451-460


Iran: Sharif University of Technology – ranked 471-480


Iraq: University of Baghdad – ranked 501-550


Macao, S.A.R., China: University of Macau – ranked 501-550


Jordan: University of Jordan – ranked 551-600


Kuwait: Kuwait University – ranked 651-700


Azerbaijan: Khazar University – ranked 701-750


Bangladesh: University of Dhaka – ranked 701-750


Sri Lanka: University of Colombo – ranked 751-800


Palestine: Birzeit University – ranked 801-1000



Source: QS World University Rankings®

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