Best universities in Asia 2022

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The 2022 Asia University Rankings reveal the best colleges and universities in Asia, featuring institutions from 31 territories.

Japan leads the way with 118 universities in the ranking, while China comes second, with 97 ranked institutions. India is the third most represented country, with 71 universities.

Hong Kong and China are the most represented regions in the top 10, with three universities each. 

The Asia University Rankings are based on the same 13 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

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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 science, 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 have murals on the ceiling 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 25 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, 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. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

English is the main language of instruction at the University of Hong Kong, located in Pokfulam.

It was founded by the British governor in 1911 but began to integrate Chinese culture and education into its courses by 1927, when the first degree in Chinese was offered.

The buildings on the main campus in the Mid-Levels neighbourhood of Hong Kong Island are some of the only remaining examples of British colonial architecture. The Main Building, completed in 1912, is the oldest structure and has been declared a national monument.

Admissions are extremely selective: there are about 12 applications for every place for an international undergraduate. For students from mainland China, only one student gets a place for every 31 applications.

Undergraduate courses take four years to complete, with a further year or two for medical programmes. All local students are now required to take English and Chinese language courses.

HKU graduates have been fundamentally involved in building modern China’s political, economic and cultural landscape. Many are also in senior positions in the private sector.

5. 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 2022 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 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.

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The best universities in Asia 2022: the top 100

Asia Rank 2022 Asia Rank 2021 University Country/region World University Rank 2022
1 1 Tsinghua University China =16
2 2 Peking University China =16
3 3 National University of Singapore Singapore 21
4 4 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong =30
5 5 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore 46
6 6 The University of Tokyo Japan =35
7 7 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 49
8 9 Seoul National University South Korea =54
9 8 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 66
10 11 Fudan University China 60
11 12 Zhejiang University China =75
12 10 Kyoto University Japan 61
13 16 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China 84
14 13 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea =99
15 23 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong 91
16 15 University of Science and Technology of China China =88
17 17 Nanjing University China =105
18 14 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea =122
19 26 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China =162
20 21 Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) South Korea =178
=21 20 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan =113
=21 24 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea =151
23 18 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea =185
24 19 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong =151
25 41 Wuhan University China 157
26 34 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 181
27 22 Korea University South Korea 201–250
28 28 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia =190
29 30 Taipei Medical University Taiwan 201–250
30 25 Tel Aviv University Israel 201–250
=31 29 Kyung Hee University South Korea 251–300
=31 27 Tohoku University Japan 201–250
33 38 University of Macau Macao 201–250
34 31 Alfaisal University Saudi Arabia 201–250
35 64 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan 301–350
36 32 Macau University of Science and Technology Macao 251–300
37 =42 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates 351–400
38 =39 Sun Yat-sen University China 251–300
39 44 Central South University China 301–350
40 36 Beijing Normal University China 251–300
41 46 Sejong University South Korea 251–300
42 37 Indian Institute of Science India 301–350
43 47 Tongji University China 301–350
=44 53 King Saud University Saudi Arabia 351–400
=44 NR National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Taiwan 301–350
46 35 Qatar University Qatar 301–350
47 =42 Hanyang University South Korea 351–400
48 =84 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia 351–400
49 48 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan 301–350
50 52 Nagoya University Japan 351–400
=51 =50 American University of Beirut Lebanon 301–350
=51 61 East China Normal University China 301–350
53 63 Osaka University Japan 301–350
54 83 Shenzhen University China 351–400
=55 49 University of Malaya Malaysia 301–350
=55 =56 Nankai University China 301–350
=57 59 Babol Noshirvani University of Technology Iran 351–400
=57 33 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel 301–350
59 54 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan 351–400
60 =39 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates 351–400
61 =50 South China University of Technology China 401–500
=62 60 Universiti Brunei Darussalam Brunei Darussalam 351–400
=62 67 Tianjin University China 401–500
64 45 Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences Iran 351–400
65 NR JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research India 351–400
66 =133 Sichuan University China 401–500
67 NR University of Hail Saudi Arabia 351–400
=68 55 Indian Institute of Technology Ropar India 351–400
=68 NR Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences Iran 351–400
70 58 Sharif University of Technology Iran 401–500
71 159 Southern Medical University China 401–500
72 =148 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates 401–500
73 NR Ton Duc Thang University Vietnam 401–500
74 65 Hunan University China 401–500
75 =80 Cankaya University Turkey 401–500
=76 73 Koç University Turkey 501–600
=76 72 Xi’an Jiaotong University China 401–500
=78 =139 Asia University, Taiwan Taiwan 501–600
=78 =68 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan 401–500
=78 =68 Sabancı University Turkey 501–600
81 =74 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology South Korea 501–600
82 =84 Beihang University China 501–600
83 66 University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan Japan 401–500
=84 92 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China 501–600
=84 96 Xiamen University China 401–500
86 71 Southeast University China 501–600
=87 =78 Indian Institute of Technology Indore India 401–500
=87 =80 Northwestern Polytechnical University China 501–600
89 NR An-Najah National University Palestine 401–500
90 70 Amirkabir University of Technology Iran 501–600
=91 NR Duy Tan University Vietnam 401–500
=91 62 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong 401–500
93 =87 University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka 401–500
94 =152 Yokohama City University Japan 401–500
95 =111 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia 501–600
=96 76 Iran University of Science and Technology Iran 601–800
=96 NR University of Tabuk Saudi Arabia 401–500
98 =80 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel 401–500
=99 201–250 Capital Medical University China 501–600
=99 89 Zhejiang Normal University China 501–600

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