Asian universities are ranked amongst the very best in the world according to the QS Quacquarelli Symonds. In 2009, University of Tokyo is rated 1st in the region and 22nd globally, followed by University of Hong Kong (24th internationally), Kyoto (25th), National University of Singapore (30th), HKUST (35th), Osaka (43rd), Chinese University of HK (46th), Seoul National Uni (47th), Tsinghua University (49th).

According to the THES-QS World University Ranking 2007, a total of 13 Asian universities made into the World's Top 100 list, with the Univ of Tokyo ranked 1st in Asia (World position: 17th) and U of Hong Kong ranked 2nd regionally (World position: 18th).

Regional Rank, University Name, World Rank

1 University of Tokyo - 17th

2 University of Hong Kong- 18th

3 Kyoto University - 25th

4 National University of Singapore - 33rd

5 Peking University China - 36th

6 The Chinese University of Hongkong - 38th

7 Tsinghua University - 40th

8 Osaka Univ- 46th

9 Seoul National Univ - 51st

10 Hongkong Univ of Science And Technology - 53rd

11 Nanyang Technological Univ - 69th

12 Fudan Univ China - 85th

13 Tokyo Institute of Technology- 90th

Source: THES-QS World University Ranking 2007

The criteria used by THES-QS are as follows :
  • Research Quality - 60%

  • Graduate. Employability - 10%

  • International Outlook - 10%

  • Teaching Quality - 20%
* Next: Top Universities in Asia 2011-2012
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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek