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Universities in Hong Kong

HKUST ranked No 3 university in Asia, ahead of HKU

Total of four Hong Kong universities made it to top 10 in regional rankings, though Singapore institutions took first and second place

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 10:03am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 October, 2017, 10:20am

Four Hong Kong universities have been listed among the top 10 institutions in Asia in the latest regional version of the QS World University Rankings, released on Tuesday.

And for the first time since 2013, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has overtaken the University of Hong Kong as the city’s premier institution.

The top position in the region was occupied by a Singaporean university for the fifth consecutive year. The remaining top 10 schools comprised one more institution from Singapore, three from China and one from South Korea.

QS University Rankings 2018: Asia is the localised version of the World Rankings compiled by education information firm Quacquarelli Symonds,

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Unlike the world version, the Asia rankings also look at the number of research papers produced, the number of staff with PhDs and the number of inbound and outbound exchange students at these institutions.

HKUST was ranked third in Asia, up from fourth last year, behind Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore.

HKU was ranked fifth – dropping three places from last year – while City University and Chinese University were ranked eighth and 10th respectively.

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Three other Hong Kong institutions made it to the top 100: Polytechnic University (27), Baptist University (64) and Lingnan University (100).

The announcement comes a day after the Financial Times ranked HKUST’s Executive MBA programme as the best in the world, while HKU’s claimed second place.

Top 10 Asian universities

1. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

2. National University of Singapore (Singapore)

3. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)

4. KAIST – formerly Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (South Korea)

5. University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

6. Tsinghua University (China)

7. Fudan University (China)

8. City University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

9. Peking University (China)

10. Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)