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QS Asia University Rankings 2021: 3 IITs in top 50; National University of Singapore topped

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QS Asia University Rankings 2021The global higher education think-tank, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released the QS Asia University Rankings 2021 in association with King Abdulaziz University (KAU) , Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) for the Asia’s best higher education institutions in 2021. The ranking has been topped by National University of Singapore (NUS) for the 3rd consecutive year. On Indian front, three Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have made it to the top 50 viz. IIT-Bombay (37), IIT-Delhi (47) and IIT-Madras (50) but no Indian university got placed in top-10 list.

  • This ranking compared 650 Asian institutions from 18 locations based on 11 key parameters making it the QS’s biggest Asia Ranking that ever published.
  • Out of the 650 institutions 124 were from Mainland China, followed by 107 from India, 105 from Japan, 88 from South Korea, 43 from Taiwan, 40 from Pakistan, 35 from Malaysia, and 30 from Indonesia.

Following table shows top 5 Asian Institutes:

1National University of Singapore (NUS)Singapore
2Tsinghua University


China (Mainland)


3Nanyang Technological University (NTU)Singapore
4University of Hong Kong (HKU)


Hong Kong
5Zhejiang UniversityChina (Mainland)


Key Points-India:

–Out of the 107 Indian educational institutions that were ranked, only eight institutions were among the top 100 of Asia.

–Only 31 institutions featured in the top 250 out of which 12 were IITs.

–The reason of Indian institutes being behind other countries’ educational institutes is due to the research quality not matching its quantity.

–The teaching capacity and employability scores of Indian universities are also a reason behind the low rankings.

–On the research productivity front, six Indian universities are named in top10 of Asian institutes.

–It should be noted that in June 2020, the QS World University Rankings 2021 for higher education institutes across the world were released and no Indian institute had secured a position among the top 100 universities of the world.

Following table shows the top 8 Indian Institutes among top 100:

56Indian Institute of Science
71University of Delhi (DU)
81Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

About QS Asia University Rankings:

Published annually since 2009, the QS Asia University Rankings highlights the top universities in Asia on the basis of 11 parameters viz: Academic reputation, Employer reputation, Faculty/student ratio, Faculty/student ratio, Citations per paper (10%) and papers per faculty (5%), Staff with a PhD, Proportion of international faculty and proportion of international students, Proportion of inbound exchange students and proportion of outbound exchange students (2.5%).

About Quacquarelli Symonds (QS):

Headquarter– London, United Kingdom (UK)