The role of Asia-Pacific universities in reforming higher education is undoubtedly immense. Without considering many of these universities, you cannot conclude a discussion on quality education. For many years, American and European universities have been the focal point of international higher education. But, tides have changed and students are beginning to consider universities in the Asia Pacific region as strongly as American and European. In fact, there is significant student migration from the latter to the former.
I welcome you to another listicle, and this time it will be about what elite universities in the Asia-Pacific region are. Unquestionable in terms of reputation, these 5 universities serve as the finest examples of exemplary academic and research development and are looked up to by many. With this note, let us find out what these universities are.
- Tsinghua University, China
A star in the Chinese higher education system, Tsinghua University is a dream of many Chinese students. It is one of the C9 League universities and has a strong focus on research. Ever since its foundation in the year 1911, it has covered many degree programs, from business to science. Its research activities are top-rated and regularly funded by the government. More than a thousand projects are conducted by the university annually. Most of these projects are in the area of science and technology. Its alumni include a Nobel laureate, the incumbent President, Xi Jinping, and former President, Hu Jintao. Tsinghua University was ranked No. 29 globally among 500 universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020.
- University of Melbourne, Australia
The top-rated university in Australia, the University of Melbourne is a well-acclaimed public research institution that is a member of many prestigious university associations around the world such as Sandstone Universities and McDonnell International Scholars Academy. Its academic structure comprises 10 faculties including the Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, Melbourne Law School, and Melbourne School of Engineering. Firmly fixated at conducting qualitative research, it has established many centers and institutes such as the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental health, the Grattan Institute, and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. As many as 4 Australian Prime Ministers and 10 Nobel Laureates have either studied at or been associated with the university. The University of Melbourne was ranked No. 33 globally among 500 universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020.
- The National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
The National University of Singapore was established in the year 1905 and is the oldest university in the country. Known for its stellar performance in academics and research, it has managed to retain top spots in the regional and international rankings consistently. There is so much to explore here as the university offers many options to choose from: its faculties and schools include that of Arts and Sciences, Law, Dentistry, Engineering, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, and Medicine. What makes the university stand out from many of its counterparts is its multi-disciplinary approach and international faculties which contribute to the diversification of thought-processes and encourage critical thinking. Many political leaders, businessmen, and big names in international affairs have been its alumni. National University of Singapore (NUS) was ranked No. 39 globally among 500 universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020.
- The University of Hong Kong (HKU), Hong Kong
The commercial hotspot of Asia is home to two great universities in the world. One of them is the University of Hong Kong. Having started as the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese in the year 1911, it now stands as the oldest higher education institution in the region. It is one of those universities which are truly international in form and spirit and attracts students from all over the world. Among all the faculties it offers, it is best known for biomedicine, law, business administration, political science, and social sciences. It is a member of Universitas 21 indicates that it is regularly involved in high-output research. A large amount of fund is injected into its research from the government. Its alumni include the founder of the Republic of China, Dr Sun Yat-sen and many well-established politicians and businessmen. The University of Hong Kong was ranked No. 27 globally among 500 universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020.
- Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
The other university in Hong Kong is the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which as the name suggests, is focussed largely on promoting research in the field of science, technology, and related fields. It is one of the fastest-growing universities in the world, considering the fact that it was only founded in the year 1991 and is already one of Asia’s best. Aside from courses on science and technology, it also offers degree programs in humanities and social sciences. Under its aegis are 2 research institutes and centers, namely Guangzhou HKUST Fok Ying Tung Research Institute and Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study. In a short period of time, it has produced many personalities in academia, politics, and entertainment. HKUST was ranked No. 106 globally among 500 universities, according to the CEOWORLD magazine University Ranking 2020.