The 2019 QS Asia University Rankings released last week saw Singapore being the only Asean country with academic institutions in the top ten of the ranking with the National University of Singapore (NUS) claiming back pole position from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) which was also leapfrogged by The University of Hong Kong and slipped down to third. Tsinghua University and Peking University rounded out the top five.

In what was certainly an encouraging sign for China, five of their universities made it to the top twenty, all five of them improved on their position from a year ago, and 23 entered the top 100. In comparison, only 17 Asean universities were among the top 100, spearheaded by Malaysia with six universities, followed by three each from Singapore and Indonesia. Thailand had two universities on the list while the Philippines and Brunei each had one.

The 2019 QS Asia University Rankings is the latest in a line of rankings in recent years that highlight Singapore’s dominance in the education field. Constantly leading the charge for Asia, NUS and NTU have consistently ranked within the top 20 of various global university rankings, recent rankings have reaffirmed Singapore’s standing as a global education hub and the high quality of manpower Singapore contributes to the global community.