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25 Best Universities in Asia You’ll Be Interested in Studying In

25 Best Universities in Asia You’ll Be Interested in Studying In

When thinking about university, there are a variety of things that contribute to your decision, such as the programs on offer, rankings, and campus activities. Everyone has different priorities so the decision of which university to attend in unique to you. Studying abroad is a perfect way to incorporate travel into your university experience. If you have ever considered applying to universities in Asia – and even if you haven’t! – find below some highly recognized universities along with the reasons for their popularity.

1. Bogazici University, Turkey

Located in the beautiful city of Istanbul in Turkey, this university has so much to offer. Granted, Turkey is in between Europe and Asia, so it could belong to the European universities category as well. The campuses are also spread on both the Asian and European sides, which is one of the coolest thing it has to offer. Not everyone can say they shuffle between continents to get to classes. Aside from the campus, it also has a wide variety of courses offered and a distinguished faculty, including renowned Turkish writers, politicians, CEOs, film directors, and musicians. It is ranked as the number one American university outside of the Unites States of America.

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    2. University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

    Known primarily for its engineering programs, University of Sharjah lies in Sharjah, one of the largest cities in the United Arab Emirates. Although it may not be the oldest university, it has 80 different programs and almost 11,000 students from all over the world, creating a melting pot of different cultures that make the university experience there unique.

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      3. American University of Beirut, Lebanon

      Coming in second to Bogazici, American University of Beirut, or affectionately known to its students as AUB, is the second ranked American university outside of the United States. Located in Lebanon’s capital, Beirut, this university has over 60 buildings and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. It collaborates with many universities in the US, including Columbia University and Johns Hopkins University. It’s well-known for it’s accredited Health, Nursing, Business, Engineering and Architecture programs.

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        4. American University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

        If you’re looking for a vibrant university experience where you’ll constantly be surrounded by energy and livelihood, AUD is the place for you. It sits in Dubai, one of the most populated cities in the United Arab Emirates. Campus life is very busy and full of activities, from the Week of Welcome to the Winter Ball to Thanksgiving Day to the Ramadan Tent. The different cultural celebrations help bring a sense of community to the diverse campus and keep students on their toes. It also has a range of accredited undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from.

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          5. Shanghai University, China

          Shanghai University sits in the heart of Shanghai, which is known for its high energy. The university offers a range of programs for graduate and undergraduate studies. Currently, there are almost 3,000 faculty members and more than 35,000 students at the university. It’s well-known as a large research university.

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            6. University of Malaya, Malaysia

            Breaking the top 200 list of the QS World Ranking, University of Malaya lies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With over 10,000 publications, University of Malaya stands as one of the best research centers. Along with its great academic standing, the University of Malaya has a Museum of Asian Art, Museum of Zoology, Botanical Gardens, and a Symphony Orchestra located on its campus.


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              7. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

              Standing at number 15 on the QS Asian University rankings and number 68 on the QS World University rankings, this university has well-established alumni. With a wide range of research labs and facilities, it stands as one of the greatest science and technology universities in the world.

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                8. Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, Qatar

                What makes this university unique is that it sits in Education City within Doha, the capital of Qatar. This allows students to be around people attending many other universities as well as to take classes in these universities providing them a rare experience. It doesn’t hurt that the architecture of the campus is beautiful.

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                  9. Northwestern University in Qatar, Qatar

                  Situated next to Carnegie Mellon in Qatar, within Education City in Doha, Northwestern University in Qatar has a number of features that attract students from across the world. It’s primarily known for its Media program, considered one of the world’s best. Campus life is bustling with different clubs and activities that range from photography to sports games and teams. The student body isn’t large and this allows a more intimate relationship between students and faculty, which helps with networking and post-graduate opportunities.

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                    10. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

                    The University of Hong Kong is the oldest such establishment in Hong Kong, dating back to 911. The medical researchers in the University of Hong Kong were the first to identify coronavirus during the SARS outbreak. They have well-established research and teaching centers and have a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses on offer. The buildings’ architecture is beautiful and the university structures are spread out across the city.

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                      11.  Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University, Saudi Arabia

                      Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University holds the reputation for being the largest women’s university in the world and it lies in the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh. It offers up a wide range of undergraduate programs, from Medicine to Fashion Design. Saying the campus is large would be an understatement as it holds not only the regular campus buildings but also preschools and a library with over 2 million books. It is so large that it has its very own metro system within the campus!

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                        12. Seoul National University, South Korea

                        Seoul National University is the first national university in Korea and was founded in 1946. The campus is vast, with its very own Museum of Art, unique pieces of architecture and historically significant locations such as the Acropolis, which were grounds for several Korean Democratic movements. It’s welcoming to international students, having a center known as FANCO where all international students can mingle and learn the Korean language.

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                          13. Peking University, China

                          Located in Mainland China, Peking University holds the 57th position in the QS World Ranking and 8th position on the QS Asian University Ranking. It is prominently known for its high employment rate after graduation, which is definitely a strength. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs but primarily dominates in the scientific and mathematical fields. It also has a wide range of research labs and centers which allows students to immerse themselves in their field.

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                            14. Bilkent University, Turkey

                            Bilkent University is located in the city of Ankara and is the first private university in Turkey. It falls into the top 200 in the QS World Ranking and is known for its strengths in engineering and technology. The campus is the center of the activity in Ankara, holding several shopping areas, parks, and museums. Its location in Ankara is reason enough to join as Ankara has gorgeous natural as well as historical attractions. It’s a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in Turkish culture while getting an education.

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                              15. The University of Tokyo, Japan

                              Several buildings of the University of Tokyo campus are surrounded by scenic landmarks that enable students to tour the city while in school. The University of Tokyo stands at number 31 in the QS World Ranking and has a wide variety of research opportunities. Not only is the education well rounded, but the university also encourages students to learn the Japanese language, which provides for a great cultural experience as well as a useful way of communicating around town.

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                                16. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India

                                Primarily a school for science and technology, IITD is located in South Delhi and is surrounded by natural beauty as well as prominent monuments. It is a leading research university and is undergoing several engineering research projects that are particularly interesting for science students. They promote interaction between students and faculty members, which is great for networking. Along with its rich academic structure it also holds many events that help students relieve stress.

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                                  17. National University of Singapore, Singapore

                                  Another research-oriented university is the National University of Singapore. It has a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses to choose from but is well known for its Yale-NUS College which provides a liberal arts program that has connections to Yale University in the United States of America. The National University of Singapore is an opportunity for students to attend a QS World Ranked university and enjoy the city of Singapore for all it has to offer.

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                                    18. Osaka University, Japan

                                    Osaka, being one of Japan’s largest cities, provides a perfect location for this university. Coming in at number 55 on the QS World Ranking, it stands out from other universities by providing support to students who are graduating by helping them find employment and internship opportunities. It also has a long list of well-known alumni.

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                                      19. Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar, Qatar

                                      A branch of Cornell University in the United States of America, Weill Cornell Medical College is situated within Education City in Doha amongst other well-known universities. It allows students to have a unique medical school experience as it offers the MD program that can only be obtained in universities in the North American continent as well as some other areas in the Western Hemisphere. The program condenses the pre-medical program needed in North America in order to enter medical school. This allows for a six-year intensive program for students to get their MD. Studying medicine is a vigorous task and there’s no better place to do it than Doha, with its pleasant weather and energetic lifestyle.

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                                        20. New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

                                        NYUAD is a Liberal Arts and Science university located in the capital of the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi. Having connections with New York University in the USA, this university provides a diverse learning experience, which enables students to have an American education in an Arabian environment. It has campuses in Abu Dhabi as well as one in New York. This cultural fusion is only part of NYUAD’s charm. It also boasts absolutely stunning architecture. Located on Sadiyat Island of Abu Dhabi, the aesthetic design of the buildings will leave you breathless.

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                                          21. The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

                                          Another university in Hong Kong is the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Its location makes it fitting for students seeking to experience life in Hong Kong and submerge themselves in its culture. CUHK’s campus provides a safe environment for students to explore the city and get a feel of the culturally rich life in Hong Kong. It also encourages students to play a role in energy conservation and take control of caring for the environment.

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                                            22. Koç University, Turkey

                                            Located in Istanbul, Turkey, this university has a campus that overlooks the Black Sea. The picturesque campus isn’t the only thing that attracts students to this university. It is also known for its interaction with international universities. There are also a variety of festivals and events that keep students engaged and allow them to blend into the culture.

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                                              23. Panjab Univeristy, India

                                              Panjab University holds a position in the top 200 of the QS World Ranking and is one of the oldest universities in India. The campus is residential and is located in the city of Chandigarh. It has a uniquely shaped students center surrounded by lush greenery. The university offers a variety of programs ranging from Women’s Studies and Development to Medical Physics. It’s perfect for students who want to experience nature while in university.


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                                                24. University of Jordan, Jordan

                                                The University of Jordan is located in Amman, Jordan’s capital. Amman is a prominent tourist location and makes for a good place to have a university. This is the right place for students who are looking for a university experience that has a good balance of entertainment and education. Amman has a wide variety of activities for students to keep themselves busy, ranging from nightclubs to malls. The University of Jordan is known for its strength in sciences, humanities, and medicine. There are several concerts and activities on campus that provide students with an entertaining as well as academic experience.

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                                                  25. Kyoto University, Japan

                                                  Kyoto University has a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and is one of the oldest universities in Japan. It is located in a city called Kyoto, which is on the island of Honshu in Japan. It has a wide range of graduate as well as undergraduate programs and holds a list of successful alumni including Nobel Prize winners. What makes Kyoto University special is how they dedicate programs to helping international students feel at home and ease them into integrating with the culture through many activities offered on campus.

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                                                    10 Essential Soft Skills That Will Help Advance Your Career

                                                    10 Essential Soft Skills That Will Help Advance Your Career

                                                    What’s the secret of professional success? Some of it lies in the mastery of your discipline and all the technical skills you have to carry out your job; but a much bigger part lies in the soft skills list you possess.

                                                    Soft skills are your people or relationship skills—how well you get along with others and your ability to communicate and collaborate—as well as the personal characteristics you bring to the job, such as optimism, a can-do attitude and the motivation to work hard. These skills are not always easy to point out, but their absence can cause serious problems and negatively affect the whole work atmosphere.

                                                    They say that hard skills will help you get the job, but soft skills will help you get along—and get ahead. With that in mind, here’s the top-10 essential soft skills list to help you advance your career.

                                                    1. Communication Skills

                                                    Communication skills are hands-down the most sought-after soft skill that bosses want, and this one ability covers a lot of ground.

                                                    To communicate well, you have to listen carefully, interpret the context of the conversation, express yourself clearly, persuade others of your point of view, check your body language and use an engaging presentation style that won’t intimidate or bore your audience. That’s a big ask!

                                                    Your personality traits can influence the way you communicate with others. For instance, some people get straight to the point and center their arguments around facts and logic; others are cooperative and sensitive to how others feel. Both these approaches are equally valuable but there can be misunderstandings if you don’t understand where the other person is coming from.

                                                    Taking a comprehensive personality test can help you understand why you communicate the way you do and where your blind spots are. It can also help you understand other communication styles is so you can tailor your communication to the person you’re dealing with.

                                                    After all, connecting with your conversation partner is the hallmark of good communication.

                                                    2. Flexibility

                                                    Change is an essential part of any business. Companies need employees who are flexible enough to work with new initiatives, open to new ideas, and generally are able to tough it out when things don’t go as planned.

                                                    Research has found a link between job performance and flexibility over the long term because there will be times when you have to step outside your routine and rise to fresh challenges that didn’t exist before.

                                                    Being flexible doesn’t mean you have to hop into a new task or job role like an expert. Rather, it’s about showing you’re willing to accept new responsibility and learn different things.

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                                                    Bosses look for people who are prepared to step outside their comfort zones and are open to alternative solutions when their first idea doesn’t work.

                                                    3. Being a Team Player

                                                    Working on a team can be challenging but learning to do it well can definitely help you get ahead in your career. Employers look for people who can negotiate, cooperate and manage conflicts with other people to achieve a common goal. That includes the ability to build lasting relationships with customers and clients.

                                                    What makes a good team player? Essentially, it’s someone who knows the goal and knows her role. Employers look for evidence that you know your strengths, your responsibilities and how you can best contribute to the team, then put those skills into action by sharing ideas and communicating in a respectful manner. That’s the definition of being a good team player.

                                                    This is another area where taking a personality test can help you get ahead. When teams work together, each member brings a unique set of skills and qualities to the group. Research has shown that different combinations of personalities affect how teams collaborate and how productive they are.

                                                    Knowing who you are, and how you work on a team, can drive new insights and open the door to better teamwork.

                                                    4. Positive Mental Attitude

                                                    There are plenty of things you can’t change at work, like the people you work with or the fact that the printer is broken again. The one thing you can change is how much you let these things bother you.

                                                    Bosses like people who are calm, rational and upbeat—those who diffuse tensions in the workplace, not get all grouchy and go around slamming doors.

                                                    Studies show that people who maintain a sunny disposition have better relationships at work, are happier in their jobs and make better decisions than those who whine and complain. Some suggest that a positive mental attitude can also make you live longer—which means it’s beneficial for every area of your life![1]

                                                    It’s not always easy to keep a “glass half full” mentality when work is stressful and the deadlines are piling up. But there are some things you can do to help maintain a positive attitude. Laughing at your unfortunate circumstances keeps the work environment positive, and taking “sanity” breaks can help you keep your cool in high-pressure situations.

                                                    Managers look for positive mental attitude in a team member that is ready for a promotion, so it really does pay to keep your cool in challenging situations.

                                                    5. A Strong Work Ethic

                                                    People with a strong work ethic are committed to the role, persevere when things get tough and are inspired by challenge. These people are ambassadors for the organization, and will always be seen as top talent and ideal candidates.

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                                                    If you can exhibit this skill, then expect to be seen as a great candidate, eligible for new opportunities and positions throughout your career.

                                                    Since a strong work ethic can mean different things to different people, it helps to show specific examples of your exceptional work ethic during a performance appraisal or interview. For instance, you might talk about:

                                                    • A time when you persisted in the face of challenges and did not shy away from hard work.
                                                    • How you volunteered to help with projects even though these tasks did not form part of your job description.
                                                    • The networking, workplace learning and skills betterment you’ve undertaken, which shows ambition and drive (people with a strong work ethic have those qualities in spades).
                                                    • How you own your mistakes and never, ever point the finger of blame at others.

                                                    For help with building a strong work ethic, check out these tips: How to Build a Reliable Work Ethic

                                                    6. Public Speaking

                                                    Who’s terrified of public speaking? Pretty much everyone, since public speaking is America’s number one fear, ahead of death at number five and loneliness at number seven.

                                                    Yet, according to Warren Buffett, mastering this one skill you could increase your personal value by 50 percent.[2] That’s huge!

                                                    If you’re not natural at public speaking, you’re in good company. Buffett had to work hard to overcome his stage fright and once dropped out of a public-speaking course before it started—because he was afraid of public speaking! He eventually realized that he needed to build up his confidence by just doing it; over and over in front of small groups.

                                                    For a more structured approach, Toastmasters International teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a variety of pathways. Membership of this non-profit looks good on your resume but the real payoff will come when you can put your newfound skills to use on the job or in the interview room.

                                                    Or, you can check out this advice: The Ultimate Public Speaking Tips to Hook and Impress Any Audience

                                                    7. Integrity

                                                    From a manager’s point of view, the two integrity skills that will set you apart are:

                                                    • Always doing what you say you will do
                                                    • Owning an error instead of minimizing or hiding it

                                                    …even when no one is around to check up on you.

                                                    There are lots of people who have climbed the ladder without scruples, but they are not the people who others trust, respect and support when promotion time comes around.

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                                                    Behaving with integrity is a safe and consistent way to enhance your reputation and achieve your professional goals.

                                                    8. Managing Your Time

                                                    Phone calls, texts, Slack pings, meetings, huddles, side projects, multitasking—we are busier today than any generation before us. There’s no denying the workplace is an incredibly distracting place to be.

                                                    A lot of us have traded effectiveness for busyness which we wear as a badge of honor, both as a proxy for productivity and to show our value to the company. But what bosses want, what they really, really want, is someone who actually gets stuff done on time.

                                                    Time management is not merely the art of being on time, but of managing your time so you focus on the projects that really matter and add value to the business. This means prioritizing well, sticking to schedules, delegating, and not getting distracted by tasks that are easier to perform or less important. It means planning ahead and learning when it’s appropriate to say no.

                                                    Time management can be a tough skill to maintain, but not a difficult one to pick up. Monitor your actions for a few days—how long do your tasks take to finish? What’s interrupting you? What causes you to lose focus? Once you have the answers to these questions, you can set a schedule for yourself to make sure you’re spending your time wisely and this valuable asset is never wasted.

                                                    These 20 Quick Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity are also great to try.

                                                    9. Assertiveness

                                                    In any workplace, you typically will find people with the following conflict styles:

                                                    • Passive: Those who go out of their way to avoid conflict.
                                                    • Passive-aggressive: Those who express their negative feelings through actions rather than words.
                                                    • Aggressive: Those who respond to conflict in a hostile and rude manner. These people get their opinion heard but they won’t make any friends in the process.
                                                    • Assertive: People who stick up for their rights while still respecting the rights of others.

                                                    Managers look for assertiveness above all other styles because it allows decisions to be made without conflict or alienating people.

                                                    How do you use this information for yourself?

                                                    It starts with understanding your personality so you can anticipate how you will react when conflict arises and address your own shortcomings. Then, you can start influencing the team for top results, and securing your own career advancement in the process.

                                                    Learn how to be assertive and gain respect:

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                                                    10. Creative Thinking

                                                    LinkedIn recently analyzed over 50,000 skills that employers search for when looking for candidates to find out what skills are currently in demand.[3] Taking the number-one slot on the 2019 soft skills list was creativity: the ability to solve problems and think outside the box.

                                                    Creativity is about bringing fresh, and sometimes unorthodox, ideas to the table. This helps companies to innovate, and companies that do not innovate will not survive very long.

                                                    How do you showcase your creative thinking skills? The golden rule is to participate.

                                                    Be brave and share your ideas during group brainstorming sessions. Volunteer to run a society, networking event or recruitment drive. Ask “what if” questions: “What if we add this information to the client welcome pack?” “What if we eliminate step 3 from the process?”

                                                    These activities demonstrate that you’re prepared to go beyond “business as usual” towards creative problem solving—an ability that will serve you every day, all throughout your career.

                                                    You can learn to unleash your creativity power:

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                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    The good news? Every item on this soft skills list can be learned. Although you may feel lacking in certain areas, taking an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses will allow you to focus in on the areas that you’ll benefit from developing.

                                                    So take an inventory of your personality, skills, and talents. This will give you a baseline for your communication style, attitude to change, conscientiousness and more. You can then identify your weak areas and develop strategies for improving your team-building, assertiveness and conflict skills.

                                                    The better news? The effort is worth it. Developing your soft skills opens the door to a new job or a promotion, and helps you succeed once you get there.

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