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image7 Asian university rankings   Top universities in Asia 2008 rankings asia There are a few world university rankings that came out during the past few months and so it’s an opportunity to refresh my rankings watchlist for Asia’s best universities.

Various other rankings posts include:

QS’ Top Universities, formerly known as Times Higher Rankings, has just release their rankings for the year 2008. This is the last of the more well-known rankings  to announce their list for this year. According to QS, the top universities in Asia are:

Asia 2008/World 2008/World 2007/University Name/Country

  1. 19     17    University of TOKYO    Japan
  2. 25     25    KYOTO University    Japan
  3. 26     18    University of HONG KONG    Hong Kong
  4. 30=     33=    National University of SINGAPORE (NUS)    Singapore
  5. 39     53=    HONG KONG University of Science & Technology    Hong Kong
  6. 42     38=    The CHINESE University of Hong Kong    Hong Kong
  7. 44     46    OSAKA University    Japan
  8. 50=     36    PEKING University    China
  9. 50=     51=    SEOUL National University    Korea, South
  10. 56     40    TSINGHUA University    China
  11. 61     90=    TOKYO Institute of Technology    Japan
  12. 77     69    NANYANG Technological University    Singapore
  13. 93=     128    Hebrew University of JERUSALEM    Israel
  14. 112     102=    TOHOKU University    Japan
  15. 113     85=    FUDAN University    China
  16. 114     151=    TEL AVIV University    Israel
  17. 120     112=    NAGOYA University    Japan
  18. 124=     102=    National TAIWAN University    Taiwan
  19. 141     155=    University of Science and Technology    China
  20. 143     125    NANJING University    China
  21. 144=     163=    SHANGHAI JIAO TONG University    China
  22. 147=     149=    CITY University of Hong Kong    Hong Kong
  23. 154     307=    Indian Institute of Technology Delhi   India
  24. 158     136    KYUSHU University    Japan
  25. 174=     151=    HOKKAIDO University    Japan
  26. 174=     269    Indian Institute of Technology Bombay  India
  27. 188=     233    POHANG University of Science and Technology    Korea, South
  28. 199     197=    KOBE University    Japan

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds (www.topuniversities.com)

Shanghai’s Jiao Tung University recently their rankings for the year 2008 a few months ago. Following are the rankings for the top universities in Asia (Pacific removed) :

World Rank Institution* Regional Rank Country National Rank
19 Tokyo Univ 1 Japan 1
23 Kyoto Univ 2 Japan 2
65 Hebrew Univ Jerusalem 4 Israel 1
68 Osaka Univ 5 Japan 3
79 Tohoku Univ 7 Japan 4
101-151 Kyushu Univ 9-16 Japan 5-7
101-151 Nagoya Univ 9-16 Japan 5-7
101-151 Natl Univ Singapore 9-16 Singapore 1
101-151 Technion Israel Inst Tech 9-16 Israel 2-3
101-151 Tel Aviv Univ 9-16 Israel 2-3
101-151 Tokyo Inst Tech 9-16 Japan 5-7
152-200 Hokkaido Univ 17-22 Japan 8-9
152-200 Natl Taiwan Univ 17-22 Taiwan 1
152-200 Seoul Natl Univ 17-22 South Korea 1
152-200 Tsukuba Univ 17-22 Japan 8-9
152-200 Weizmann Inst Sci 17-22 Israel 4
201-302 Chinese Univ Hong Kong 23-41 China-hk 1-3
201-302 Hiroshima Univ 23-41 Japan 10-12
201-302 Hong Kong Univ Sci & Tech 23-41 China-hk 1-3
201-302 Keio Univ 23-41 Japan 10-12
201-302 Kobe Univ 23-41 Japan 10-12
201-302 Korea Advanced Inst Sci & Tech 23-41 South Korea 2-3
201-302 Nanjing Univ 23-41 China 1-6
201-302 Peking Univ 23-41 China 1-6
201-302 Shanghai Jiao Tong Univ 23-41 China 1-6
201-302 Tsinghua Univ 23-41 China 1-6
201-302 Univ Hong Kong 23-41 China-hk 1-3
201-302 Univ Sci & Tech China 23-41 China 1-6
201-302 Yonsei Univ 23-41 South Korea 2-3
201-302 Zhejiang Univ 23-41 China 1-6
303-401 Bar Ilan Univ 42-68 Israel 5-6
303-401 Ben Gurion Univ 42-68 Israel 5-6
303-401 City Univ Hong Kong 42-68 China-hk 4-5
303-401 Fudan Univ 42-68 China 7
303-401 Hanyang Univ 42-68 South Korea 4-7
303-401 Hong Kong Polytechnic Univ 42-68 China-hk 4-5
303-401 Indian Inst Sci 42-68 India 1-2
303-401 Indian Inst Tech – Kharagpur 42-68 India 1-2
303-401 Kanazawa Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
303-401 Korea Univ 42-68 South Korea 4-7
303-401 Nanyang Tech Univ 42-68 Singapore 2
303-401 Natl Cheng Kung Univ 42-68 Taiwan 2-4
303-401 Natl Chiao Tung Univ 42-68 Taiwan 2-4
303-401 Natl Tsing Hua Univ 42-68 Taiwan 2-4
303-401 Niigata Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
303-401 Okayama Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
303-401 Pohang Univ Sci & Tech 42-68 South Korea 4-7
303-401 Sungkyunkwan Univ 42-68 South Korea 4-7
303-401 Tokyo Med & Dental Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
303-401 Waseda Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
303-401 Yamaguchi Univ 42-68 Japan 13-18
402-503 Chang Gung Univ 69-100 Taiwan 5-7
402-503 Chiba Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 China Agr Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Dalian Univ Tech 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Ehime Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Gifu Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Gunma Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Harbin Inst Tech 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Huazhong Univ Sci & Tech 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Jilin Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Kagoshima Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Lanzhou Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Nagasaki Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Nankai Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Nara Inst Sci & Tech 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Natl Cent Univ 69-100 Taiwan 5-7
402-503 Natl Yang Ming Univ 69-100 Taiwan 5-7
402-503 Nihon Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Osaka City Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Osaka Prefecture Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Pusan Natl Univ 69-100 South Korea 8
402-503 Shandong Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Sichuan Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Tianjin Univ 69-100 China 8-18
402-503 Tokyo Metropolitan Univ 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Tokyo Univ Agr & Tech 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Univ Tokushima 69-100 Japan 19-31
402-503 Zhongshan Univ 69-100 China 8-18

Another research oriented one comes from the UTD Top 100 Worldwide Business School Rankings Based on Research Contributions:

(Rank    University    Articles    Score    Country)
31    Hong Kong University of Science and Technology     87    47.45    China
49    National University of Singapore (Business School)    57    27.40    Singapore
69    Nanyang Technological University (Nanyang Business School)    33    18.15    Singapore
75    Chinese University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Business Administration)    37    16.96    China
78    Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Graduate School of Business)    26    16.00    China
90    City University of Hong Kong (Faculty of Business)    27    12.40    China
95    Singapore Management University (Lee Kong Chian School of Business)    26    10.73    Singapore

Financial Times also releases a list of leading MBA programs. Here’s the list for Asia 2008 (Asia rank, world rank, school name):

  1. 11 Ceibs China
  2. 17 Hong Kong UST Business School
  3. 20 Indian School of Business
  4. 41 Shanghai Jiao Tong University, ACEM
  5. 46 Nanyang Business School

Financial Times also has a list for the leading EMBA programs. Following is the list for Asia 2008:

Current rank School name Country FT research rank
2 Kellogg / Hong Kong UST Business School China 14
6 Insead France / Singapore 10
7 University of Chicago GSB US / UK / Singapore 8
8 Washington University: Olin China 13
11 Chinese University of Hong Kong China 59
20 National University of Singapore Singapore 62
23 Ceibs China 63
27 OneMBA: CUHK/RSM/UNC/FGV São Paulo/EGADE China / Netherlands / US / Brazil / Mexico 53
31 University of Western Ontario: Ivey Canada / China 22
37 Tongji University/ENPC China 88
42 Arizona State University: Carey China 34
43 National Taiwan University – College of Management Taiwan 69
57 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan 89
67 Helsinki School of Economics Finland / S. Korea / Singapore 84
73 National Chengchi University Taiwan 86

Finally, Financial Times has a “Masters in management” rankings for 2008. Following is the very short list for Asia :

Current Rank School name Country
47 National Chengchi University Taiwan
49 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan

Economist Intelligence Unit of The Economist also has a list of the top 100 business schools in the world. The Asian universities on that list are :

  1. China Europe International Business School (CEIBS)
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — School of Business and Management – 11
  3. Hong Kong, University of — Faculty of Business and Economics – 58
  4. Chinese University of Hong Kong – 73
  5. Nanyang Technological University – Nanyang Business School – 81
  6. International University of Japan – Graduate School of International Management – 82
  7. National University of Singapore–The NUS Business School – 89
  8. Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad – 91

Another rankings list of somewhat less authority  that has released new rankings around the same month as Jiao Tung is the “Webometrics – Ranking Web of World Universities”. Following are their rankings for Asia 2008 :

1 University of Tokyo 54


2 National Taiwan University 70


3 Kyoto University 89


4 National University of Singapore 111


5 Beijing University 112


6 Chinese University of Hong Kong 123


7 University of Hong Kong 148


8 Keio University 165


9 University of Tsukuba 234


10 Tsinghua University China 238


11 National Chiao Tung University 239


12 National Sun Yat-Sen University 242


13 Nagoya University 256


14 Osaka University 266


15 Tohoku University 284


16 Shanghai Jiao Tong University 285


17 National Taiwan Normal University 307


18 Tokyo Institute of Technology 308


19 Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 309


20 National Cheng Kung University 310


21 Hong Kong University of Science & Technology 312


22 Seoul National University 332


23 University of Science & Technology of China 334


24 ZheJiang University 337


25 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan 338


26 Kyushu University 363


27 National Central University 373


28 Prince of Songkla University 384


29 Kobe University 394


30 Fudan University 418


31 City University of Hong Kong 438


32 Chulalongkorn University 444


33 Hong Kong Polytechnic University 456


34 Nanyang Technological University 474


35 Ritsumeikan University 482


36 National Chengchi University 486


37 United Nations University 498


38 Tamkang University 509


39 Pohang University of Science & Technology 518


40 National Chung Cheng University 519


41 Hiroshima University 524


42 Nanjing University 529


43 Shandong University 541


44 Kasetsart University 544


45 I-Shou University 559


46 Wuhan University 570


47 Hong Kong Baptist University 573


48 Indian Institute of Science Bangalore 605


49 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay 607


50 Korea University 630


51 Nankai University 643


52 Tokyo University of Science (Note 29) 646


53 Japan Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 668


54 Yonsei University 676


55 Xiamen University 691


56 Beijing Normal University 694


57 National Chung Hsing University 707


58 Hosei University 711


59 Waseda University 718


60 Harbin Institute of Technology 736


61 Mahidol University 740


62 Asian Institute of Technology Thailand 741


63 University of Electro-Communications 753


64 Xi’An Jiaotong University 769


65 Nara Institute of Science & Technology 774


66 Fu Jen Catholic University 777


67 Doshisha University 778


68 Renmin University of China 779


69 Yamagata University 780


70 Providence University 787


71 Okayama University 789


72 East China Normal University 794


73 Tokai University 812


74 Gadjah Mada University 819


75 Feng Chia University 821


76 Yuan Ze University 823


77 Ryukoku University 825


78 Institute of Technology Bandung 826


79 Nihon University 828


80 Shinshu University 832


81 Gunma University 834


82 Pusan National University 844


83 Niigata University 847


84 Thammasat University 850


85 Huazhong University of Science & Technology 859


86 Hanyang University 871


87 University of Tokushima 875


88 Chiang Mai University 877


89 Tunghai University 888


90 Mie University 897


91 Meiji University 901


92 Tongji University 911


93 Chiba University 916


94 Sungkyunkwan University 920


95 Assumption University of Thailand 921


96 Nagaoka University of Technology 926


97 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia 929


98 Khon Kaen University 937


99 Gifu University 946


100 Shih Hsin University 947

Disclaimer : These are not my rankings, they’ve been conducted by relatively high authority institutions that have their own special methodology and way of calculating university rankings. If you have something to say about the methodology, I suggest contacting them. If you have something to say about Asian academics – this would be a good place to discuss it. This list is simply provided as a service that attempts to give a general overview of academics in Asia and their rankings in the world.



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  • Ron

    Nice work !
    I was just checking about university ranking in Asia and got to your page from 2006. Then I found this new collection that is really nice.

    My comment is not on the list but on the organizations that make them. Most sources quotes only the Times ranking that is based on American criteria and the list looks accordingly. Most of the other list are not so different. I stil find it hard to believe that South Korea that is a world leader in some field of electronics and others have no university in the top of any of these lists. Japan is a leading world economy, economy that is based on technology and knowledge, and have only 1-3 universities in top 50 of the major lists. Even Israel that is a center for world research despite of it’s size, doesn’t have anything it the top of the lists.

  • Ron

    Nice work !
    I was just checking about university ranking in Asia and got to your page from 2006. Then I found this new collection that is really nice.

    My comment is not on the list but on the organizations that make them. Most sources quotes only the Times ranking that is based on American criteria and the list looks accordingly. Most of the other list are not so different. I stil find it hard to believe that South Korea that is a world leader in some field of electronics and others have no university in the top of any of these lists. Japan is a leading world economy, economy that is based on technology and knowledge, and have only 1-3 universities in top 50 of the major lists. Even Israel that is a center for world research despite of it’s size, doesn’t have anything it the top of the lists.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Ron – Thanks. I generally agree that those rankings have a strong bias towards western criteria for research and teaching, although you’d probably notice that one of those is actually done by a Chinese university.
    With that said, it is getting better with time… and there are a few that are making it slowly up there. NUS and some of the HK universities are a good example.
    I’m still looking for an alternative to help me understand universities in Asia.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Ron – Thanks. I generally agree that those rankings have a strong bias towards western criteria for research and teaching, although you’d probably notice that one of those is actually done by a Chinese university.
    With that said, it is getting better with time… and there are a few that are making it slowly up there. NUS and some of the HK universities are a good example.
    I’m still looking for an alternative to help me understand universities in Asia.

  • http://www.nust.edu.pk/Pages/Home.aspx asjadullah

    NUST..National university of science and technology has been added to the top 300 in the world but u havent updated it….pakistan

  • http://www.nust.edu.pk/Pages/Home.aspx asjadullah

    NUST..National university of science and technology has been added to the top 300 in the world but u havent updated it….pakistan

  • Nazmus Sakib

    Can’t I find the ranking of south asian univeritw? Actually Bangladeshies.

  • Nazmus Sakib

    Can’t I find the ranking of south asian univeritw? Actually Bangladeshies.

  • Rauf-Malaysia

    I think the list of ‘top u rankings for Asia 2008-Jiao Tung’ are (litte bit) bias, unfair,& not comprehensive – because:

    a. more to ‘chinese regions’ (e.g s’pore, japn, chn, hokg etc), whereas ‘other regions’(e.g India, Israel etc) also include ‘QS top u in the world’ ???

    b. The top u in Malaysia are UM, UKM, UPM & USM: almost every year (also based on the QS rankng 2008), why’s selected UTM as the top in Malaysia in ur list???

  • Rauf-Malaysia

    I think the list of ‘top u rankings for Asia 2008-Jiao Tung’ are (litte bit) bias, unfair,& not comprehensive – because:

    a. more to ‘chinese regions’ (e.g s’pore, japn, chn, hokg etc), whereas ‘other regions’(e.g India, Israel etc) also include ‘QS top u in the world’ ???

    b. The top u in Malaysia are UM, UKM, UPM & USM: almost every year (also based on the QS rankng 2008), why’s selected UTM as the top in Malaysia in ur list???

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  • sarah

    where is malasian universities in this ranking?????

  • sarah

    where is malasian universities in this ranking?????

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Armin – there are some discussions on that in Geoexpat (http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/forum71.html). Like – http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/thread41709.html
    It's suppose to be a very -local- university. As I'm currently with HKUST, I suggest you look into that. University of Hong Kong, Chinese U and City U are some of the more "international" options.

    Good luck. Let me know what you decided to do.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili An

    Armin – there are some discussions on that in Geoexpat (http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/forum71.html). Like – http://www.geoexpat.com/forum/thread41709.html
    It's suppose to be a very -local- university. As I'm currently with HKUST, I suggest you look into that. University of Hong Kong, Chinese U and City U are some of the more "international" options.

    Good luck. Let me know what you decided to do.

  • Armin

    Hi all, I have the opportunity to take a year abroad and among the possibilities there is the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I'm currently a student in International Business and Management so I wanted to ask if anybody has some informations/advices about it.
    Thanks!

  • Armin

    Hi all, I have the opportunity to take a year abroad and among the possibilities there is the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I'm currently a student in International Business and Management so I wanted to ask if anybody has some informations/advices about it.
    Thanks!

  • Armin

    Hi all, I have the opportunity to take a year abroad and among the possibilities there is the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I'm currently a student in International Business and Management so I wanted to ask if anybody has some informations/advices about it.
    Thanks!

  • Armin

    Hi all, I have the opportunity to take a year abroad and among the possibilities there is the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I'm currently a student in International Business and Management so I wanted to ask if anybody has some informations/advices about it.
    Thanks!

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Sure, no problem. Good luck, have fun.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili An

    Sure, no problem. Good luck, have fun.

  • Armin

    Thanks Fili for the quick and useful response!
    Since my university is only offering the polytechnic university as opportunity in Hong Kong I think I'll have to go for the opportunities in Canada or Danemark…

  • Armin

    Thanks Fili for the quick and useful response!
    Since my university is only offering the polytechnic university as opportunity in Hong Kong I think I'll have to go for the opportunities in Canada or Danemark…

  • facts China

    good collection ,good ranking

  • facts China

    good collection ,good ranking

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    may – If you follow the links and go into “methodology” they explain everything in great detail.

  • may

    do u know what standard they used to decide that rank?

  • may

    do u know what standard they used to decide that rank?

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    may – If you follow the links and go into “methodology” they explain everything in great detail.

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  • azrulzxeros

    WHERE UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA???

  • Maloni

    Hi, greeting from the Island kingdom of Tonga (South Pacific) how about the Uni from Malaysia such as UPM

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Azrulzxeros & Maloni – I'm afraid that when it comes to modern academics, the Malaysian universities are simply not doing well enough to be included in those rankings.

  • http://www.filination.com/blog/ Fili

    Azrulzxeros & Maloni – I'm afraid that when it comes to modern academics, the Malaysian universities are simply not doing well enough to be included in those rankings.

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