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Top 30 Asia-based universities in the world [2025 rankings]

Top 30 Asia-based universities in the world [2025 rankings]

The National University of Singapore and University of Hong Kong rank in the top 10.

The National University of Singapore (NUS) remains in the 8th position in the latest QS World University Rankings 2025, released on 5 June 2024 (Wednesday), continuing to stand as the top Asian university among institutions ranked.

This year’s edition of the ranking features more than 1,500 universities across 105 higher education systems.   

Here are the top 10 universities ranked in the Asia market: 

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) 
  2. Peking University 
  3. Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU Singapore)  
  4. Cornell University 
  5. The University of Hong Kong  
  6. The University of Sydney 
  7. Tsinghua University  
  8. Technical University of Munich  
  9. Seoul National University  
  10. The University of Tokyo  

Focusing on the Asian markets, the following Asia-based universities have earned their place on the list: 

List is not exhaustive. Numbers in brackets represent global rankings.

Singapore 

  • National University of Singapore (8)  
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) (15) 
  • Singapore University of Technology and Design (440)  
  • Singapore Management University (585)  

Malaysia 

  • Monash University (37) 
  • Universiti Malaya (UM) (60) 
  • Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (138) 
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) (146) 
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) (148) 
  • Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (181) 
  • Taylor's University (251) 
  • UCSI University (265) 
  • Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) (269) 
  • INTI International University (516) 

Thailand 

  • Chulalongkorn University (229) 
  • Mahidol University (368) 
  • Chiang Mai University (567)  
  • Thammasat University (596) 
  • Kasetsart University (781-790) 
  • Khon Kaen University (951-1000) 
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (951-1000) 
  • Prince of Songkla University (951-1000) 
  • King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok (1201-1400) 
  • King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (1201-1400) 

Indonesia 

  • Universitas Indonesia (206) 
  • Gadjah Mada University (239) 
  • Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) (256) 
  • Airlangga University (308) 
  • IPB University (aka Bogor Agricultural University) (426) 
  • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS Surabaya) (585)  
  • Universitas Padjadjaran (UNPAD) (596) 
  • Diponegoro University (721-730) 
  • Universitas Brawijaya (801-850) 
  • Bina Nusantara University (BINUS) (951-1000) 

Vietnam 

  • Duy Tan University (495) 
  • Ton Duc Thang University (711-720) 
  • Vietnam National University, Hanoi (851-900) 
  • Viet Nam National University Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) (901-950) 
  • Hanoi University of Science and Technology (1201-1400) 
  • Hue University (1201-1400)  

Philippines  

  • University of the Philippines (336) 
  • Ateneo de Manila University (516) 
  • De La Salle University (641-650) 
  • University of Santo Tomas (851-900) 
  • University of San Carlos (1401+) 

India  

  • Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) (118)  
  • Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) (150) 
  • Indian Institute of Science (211) 
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) (222) 
  • Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) (227) 
  • Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) (263) 
  • University of Delhi (328) 
  • Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) (335) 
  • Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) (344) 
  • Anna University (383) 

Hong Kong 

  • The University of Hong Kong (17) 
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (36) 
  • The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (47) 
  • The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (57) 
  • City University of Hong Kong (62) 
  • Hong Kong Baptist University (252) 
  • Lingnan University, Hong Kong (711-720) 

Global top 10:

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  2. Imperial College London
  3. University of Oxford
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Cambridge
  6. Stanford University
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
  8. National University of Singapore (NUS)
  9. UCL (University College London)
  10. California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Click here for the full ranking, and here for the full methodology. 


READ MORE: 2024 Asian university rankings

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