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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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                                                    19 Ways to Improve Creative Thinking Skills in the Workplace

                                                    19 Ways to Improve Creative Thinking Skills in the Workplace

                                                    Our world is changing at faster pace than ever. In order to keep up, we are continually adapting to new technology and the changing industries.

                                                    Employers are looking for employees who can solve problems, think creatively and be a leader in every situation.

                                                    These 19 tips will help you find ways to improve creative thinking skills. You can also use these skills to gain credibility as a leader in the workplace:

                                                    1. Set limitations

                                                    In order to increase your own creative thinking, it helps to set limits for yourself, so you have to think outside the box to come up with solutions.

                                                    Set deadlines, budgets or any other type of limitation to increase your creative problem solving. This will build your credibility as a creative problem solver as you come up with innovative solutions.

                                                    2. Change things up

                                                    If you find yourself falling into a rut and doing the same thing every single day, then you will likely struggle to come up with new ideas. This is why it is important to change things up in your routine and break out of your rut.

                                                    Get your creative juices flowing by exercising at a different time, or trying something new for lunch. Move your desk to a different position or change your personal workspace.

                                                    Any of these changes will help spark your mind and get the new ideas pumping again.

                                                    3. Listen and care about others

                                                    When you show that you care about others and listen to their ideas and thoughts, they will trust you more.

                                                    “Leaders who listen are able to create trustworthy relationships that are transparent and breed loyalty. You know the leaders who have their employees’ best interests at heart because they truly listen to them.” — Glenn Llopis

                                                    Listening to your coworkers allows them to be more open with you and feel that they can take risks and be creative.

                                                    Discussing ideas with your coworkers will not only help you improve creative thinking techniques, but also set the environment for a more creative office.

                                                    4. Find good mentors/critics

                                                    If you want your creative work to improve, then you need to find a good mentor or critic who can give you positive feedback and help you to keep moving forward.

                                                    As your work improves over time because of your dedication and your mentor, people will hold you in greater respect.

                                                    Every type of creative work takes several drafts before it is ready to go. With your mentors, you can find ways to continually improve your work. Ed Catmull, president of Pixar said:[1]

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                                                    “Early on, all of our movies suck. That’s a blunt assessment, I know, but I… choose that phrasing because saying it in a softer way fails to convey how bad the first versions of our films really are. I’m not trying to be modest or self-effacing by saying this. Pixar films are not good at first, and our job is to make them go… from suck to non-suck. We are true believers in the iterative process – reworking, reworking and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its throughline or a hollow character finds its soul.”

                                                    Use your mentor’s knowledge to bring your first drafts to life.

                                                    5. Try and fail, a lot

                                                    The best way to get better at things is to keep trying and failing until you improve. This enhances your creative thinking and shows your coworkers that you don’t give up easily and are willing to improve.

                                                    The ability to take failure and turn it around is one of the best qualities of any leader.

                                                    The Harvard Business Review reported:[2]

                                                    “Darden Professor Saras Sarasvathy has shown through her research about how expert entrepreneurs make decisions, they must make lots of mistakes to discover new approaches, opportunities, or business models. She frequently references Howard Schultz who, when he started Il Giornale in Seattle, the company that Schultz used to later buy the original Starbucks brand and assets, the store had nonstop opera music playing, menus written in Italian, and no chairs. As Schultz has often said, “We had to make a lot of mistakes” before discovering a model that worked.”

                                                    6. Be consistent (no tortured artists here)

                                                    When you think of creativity, an image of a broken-hearted artist or alcoholic writer may come to mind. Many people today associate creativity with isolation, despair, alcohol and inconsistency.

                                                    Just picture Jay Gatsby.

                                                    While that is good for drama, that’s not really how creativity works. Creativity is fostered through consistent effort. Put in the work everyday and you will find your creative muscles and credibility will grow.

                                                    As a leader in your workplace, you need to show consistency in everything you do, not just your own work, but throughout the company to build your business’s credibility.

                                                    7. Be honest to yourself and others

                                                    Acting dishonestly is one of the fastest ways for you to lose your credibility. Always be honest to the people around you and to yourself.

                                                    If your coworkers feel that they can trust you, then they rely on you more and work with you better. Honesty is what builds a solid foundation for a successful workplace.[3]

                                                    During the creative process, it is important to be honest to yourself. It’s easy to get carried away with fantastic ideas but you will need to learn to be honest with yourself about what is and is not possible.

                                                    8. Collaborate

                                                    The best work usually comes from teamwork. Katherine W. Phillips said,[4]

                                                    “The fact is that if you want to build teams or organizations capable of innovating, you need diversity. Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving.”

                                                    Show your coworkers that you value their efforts and perspective. By working together, you can create new ideas and make something better than you ever have before.

                                                    Collaborating will not only improve your own creative thinking but will create a bond between you and your team.

                                                    9. Use humor

                                                    As a leader, you want your coworkers to feel comfortable to be creative and open-minded.

                                                    Humor has been proven to help people to relax and feel more willing to try something new and helps foster creativity.[5]

                                                    To improve your own credibility and help others gain confidence in their own creative thinking, use an appropriate sense of humor to lighten the mood when needed and to get those creative juices flowing.

                                                    10. Be vulnerable

                                                    This goes along with being honest with yourself and others. To be a creative thinker, then you have to be willing to fail, admit your failures and be open to receiving critique.

                                                    This can be difficult especially in a workplace where you want to show your strengths instead of weaknesses, but by admitting yo ur weaknesses and being open to others, your credibility will grow as your coworkers know that you listen and are adaptable.

                                                    Take a look at this article to find out Why Showing Vulnerability Actually Proves Your Strength.

                                                    11. Have meaningful conversations

                                                    Creative people love to have meaningful conversations. This is the best way to gain a new perspective.

                                                    You have had a certain amount of experiences that have shaped the way that you see the world. But everyone around you may have different perspectives. By engaging with these people, you can learn more about their views. Try to walk in their shoes and understand their perspectives, especially if you disagree.

                                                    Steer clear of shallow small talk and discuss bigger and more meaningful topics with those around you. Ask about their experiences, their hopes, their opinions and you will gain new perspectives that will assist your creative thinking.

                                                    12. Be constantly learning new things

                                                    Some of the greatest minds in the world (Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerburg) have said they dedicate at least five hours every week to learning new things.

                                                    They are passionate about growing their minds and learn about everything from nuclear physics to politics. As they learn about different topics, they look for ways to apply what they have learned to their own industry.

                                                    Start your own educational journey today by finding some books you would like to read or finding high-quality articles online about each topic.

                                                    Keep in mind your own industry and how you can apply what you learn to your job. You never know all the different ways astronomy can help your marketing efforts.

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                                                    13. Experience it all

                                                    Steve Jobs once said that creativity comes from experience.[6] The more experiences you have, the better connections you will be able to make to find solutions.

                                                    Try to experience as many things as possible. You don’t have to go on some huge trip around the world to have more experience; simply meeting new people and trying new things will give you more experience that will build your creative skills.

                                                    14. Give yourself some love

                                                    When I was younger, I was given the advice to take the time everyday before I went out for the day to ensure I felt good about myself and fully confident. Sometimes this took the shape of wearing a new pair of shoes or writing in my journal that morning.

                                                    I was told if I could take the time to prepare myself for the day, then I could focus all of my energy on the people around me. This is something that great leaders do today.

                                                    Take the time to rest and prepare for the next day, so you can throw yourself into your creative work and help those around you.

                                                    Self-care can be whatever it is that you need: a hot bath, going to the gym, walking your dog, reading, the list goes on and on. Figure out what energizes you, and do it as often as needed.

                                                    15. Take ownership

                                                    Accountability fosters your creative thinking because you know that others will see your work and know whether you did it well or not.

                                                    Creativity works best under some pressure, so take your projects seriously by taking responsibility for them.

                                                    Your coworkers will have greater respect for you as you take ownership for your work projects, even if you are disappointed in the results.

                                                    16. Be reflective

                                                    Hindsight is 20-20, so by looking back at past successes and failures, you can get new ideas for your work.

                                                    Reflecting is a part of the creative process and will help you as you continue to create and work. Learning from the past sets an example for your coworkers and will improve your credibility among your colleagues.[7]

                                                    “Creativity requires us to be confident in our areas of practice, whatever they may be. And reflection is an indispensable part of observing, developing, digesting and being in dialogue with our creative ’self’.”

                                                    17. Communicate

                                                    Communication is key to any good relationship and this includes the relationships between you and your coworkers.

                                                    Notice how your coworkers handle critique and find the best way to give them constructive criticism. Notice how your coworkers handle conflict, and find a positive way to help each of them through it.[8]

                                                    “Effective communication is one of the key prerequisites for a thriving workplace. It drives fast, clear and precise flow of information between individuals and groups. A lack of proper communication can greatly decrease productivity.”

                                                    Communication is a skill that is vastly underestimated and incredibly useful in the workplace. As you develop this skill, you can become an impressive creative leader.

                                                    18. Meet deadlines

                                                    We have all experienced those coworkers who can’t meet a deadline with their projects. It can be frustrating and throw off everyone else’s work.

                                                    To be a credible leader, don’t be that person.

                                                    I’ve already mentioned that creativity works best with a little bit of pressure. When you try to meet deadlines, you force yourself to come up with creative ideas.

                                                    Use your creative thinking to finish your projects on time, so you can meet your deadlines.

                                                    Your coworkers will know that they can count on you to get the job done on time, which will likely lead to you getting more projects.

                                                    19. Respect others

                                                    No matter how brilliant you are, if you don’t show respect for the people around you, your credibility in your workplace will suffer.

                                                    The opposite is true as well, if you show respect to each of your coworkers, your credibility as a leader will grow.

                                                    Michigan Ross Professor Jane Dutton who has conducted research on the impact that mutual respect has on creativity said:[9]

                                                    “Across our studies, we demonstrate that respectful engagement is more than simply a nice way to interact, but is a catalyst and cultivator of creativity.”

                                                    By creating a friendly workplace, not only your creative thinking will improve but also everyone around you. With a work environment of mutual respect, ideas can develop into something incredible.

                                                    The bottom line

                                                    Creative thinking and leadership abilities are some of the top skills that employers are looking for. Start applying these 19 tips to your work, and you will see great results in your own work and with your coworkers’ work.

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