University rankings 2020: HKU back on top, while PolyU the big improver

University rankings 2020: HKU back on top, while PolyU the big improver


University of Hong Kong has regained bragging rights this year after being ranked the city’s top tertiary institute.

HKU was pipped at the post in 2019 for the first time by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) but has reclaimed top spot in the SAR – as well as coming in at fourth in Asia – according to the British-based Times Higher Education annual ratings.

HKUST dropped to third spot – overtaken by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – while City University boasted fourth spot in the city’s rankings

Globally, Poly University (PolyU, pictured above) jumped an impressive 42 spots – from 171 to 129.

Entering the regional table with a bang is Macau University of Science and Technology, debuting in 32nd place on the back of strong scores for international outlook and citation impact, while the University of Macau climbed five places to 37th.

China again holds top spot in the region rankings, with Tsinghua University occupying pole for the second year (20th globally), while Peking University has risen three places to second.

The National University of Singapore – which led the Asia ranking between 2016 and 2018 – has slipped one rung to third.

The University of Science and Technology of China is the only new entry in the top 10, having climbed two places to joint tenth with South Korea’s Sungkyunkwan University. Mainland China now has seven universities in the top 20.

In world rankings, Oxford University secured to spot, followed by Stanford University, with Harvard coming in third.

Asia University Rankings 2020: the top 10

top 10 unis asia

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