Ok, maybe on face value, maybe the top American universities are living on their past glories while NUS and NTU are what they are today by today's standard. The good American universities were good in the past but no longer. Time has changed. For the well informed, the comments are different and some are outright cynical of the outcome with good reasons. Below are some comments taken from the onlinecitizen.
'On Thursday (8 June), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) was named Asia’s top university in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, surpassing the National University of Singapore (NUS).
- A dubious Star ranking system, where universities pay to be evaluated. (Conflicts of interest anyone?)
- ‘Branding Opportunities’ for $80,000 with QS Showcase
- A highly lucrative ‘consultancy service’ to help universities rise up the rankings