Singaporeans are keenly interested in education, and fixated on ranking and assessment schemes of all sorts. Little wonder then that the recent release of the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings of the world’s leading universities was big news in the island city-state.

National University of Singapore (NUS) was ranked 11th worldwide and top in Asia. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) fell from 11th to 13th and was second in Asia. Singapore Management University (SMU) fell from 477th position last year, to the 511-520 band. But before immersing themselves in the data marshalled, parents and students would benefit by looking under the hood, as it were, and question the arbitrary assumptions and questionable methodology upon which the QS findings are based.

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