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Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology was founded in 1971 as the first research-orientated science and engineering university in South Korea. It’s located in Daejeon, a city known for its innovation in science and education, and also has a campus in capital city Seoul. KAIST currently has around 10,600 students, with a larger proportion of postgraduates than undergraduates.
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Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is another one of the youngest top universities in Asia in this list, having been founded in 1991, and places second after NTU in the QS Top 50 Under 50. HKUST has around 14,200 students and boasts an attractive 60-hectare campus in an area of natural beauty on the Clear Water bay peninsula, a short drive from central Hong Kong.
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National University of Singapore (NUS) is down one place to rank second in Asia in 2018, but nonetheless receives the highest score in the entire ranking for employer reputation, and is only one place behind NTU for citations per faculty member. NUS was founded in 1905 as the King Edward VII College of Medicine and today has around 38,600 students, almost 10,000 of whom are studying at postgraduate level. NUS is featured among the world’s best for 36 subjects, including positions in the top 10 for chemical and civil engineering, chemistry, materials science, architecture and statistics.
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Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is now the highest-ranked university both in Singapore and Asia. NTU receives the highest score in the whole ranking for citations per faculty member (a measure of research impact). NTU is a young university, established in 1991, and has consistently been ranked first in the QS Top 50 Under 50, a ranking of the top universities in the world under 50 years old. NTU has a student population of about 32,400 and has the largest university campus in Singapore, at 200 hectares. NTU also features among the world’s best for 31 subjects, including top 10 positions for chemical and civil engineering.
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University of Hong Kong (HKU) is nonetheless consistently one of the top universities in Asia. HKU is Hong Kong’s oldest university, having been established in 1911, and has since gained international recognition for its achievements as a research-led comprehensive university. HKU has an enrollment of 28,744 students, including 9,215 international students.
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Tsinghua University is down one place in the Asian rankings this year but is nonetheless the highest-ranked Chinese university, achieving top-five scores for both academic and employer reputation. Also established in 1911, Tsinghua is based in the Chinese capital Beijing and is a member of the prestigious C9 League of Chinese universities. It’s currently ranked among the top 10 universities in the world to study civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering, as well as materials sciences.
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Established in 1898 in Beijing, Peking is another member of the prestigious C9 League, and is also well known for the beautiful traditional Chinese architecture on its campus grounds. Peking is currently ranked in the global top 15 for linguistics, modern languages, chemistry, and dentistry.
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City University of Hong Kong is another young, fast-growing institution, established in 1984 as the City Polytechnic of Hong Kong. City University of Hong Kong features among the world’s top 50 universities for civil engineering, mathematics, accounting & finance, communication & media studies and social policy & administration. As well as over 50 bachelor’s degree programs, it offers dual degree programs with other prestigious universities such as Columbia University in the US.
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Established in 1905 as Fudan Public School, Fudan is located in Shanghai, and is considered one of the most selective Chinese universities. It has about 31,900 students, of whom 3,000 are international, and is ranked among the world’s top 50 universities to study modern languages, mechanical engineering, chemistry, materials sciences and politics.
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CUHK receives its highest scores for the proportion of inbound exchange students and academic reputation, and offers a large range of programs, most of which are taught in English. Founded in 1963, CUHK is currently Hong Kong’s only collegiate university.