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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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                                                    How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                                                    How to Achieve Goals and Increase Your Chance of Success

                                                    Does it ever feel like the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.

                                                    If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.

                                                    Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.

                                                    In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer you success.

                                                    1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps

                                                    We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.

                                                    SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.

                                                    Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?

                                                    Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.

                                                    Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:

                                                    How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life

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                                                    2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life

                                                    It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.

                                                    To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.

                                                    Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.

                                                    You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.

                                                    3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion

                                                    Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?

                                                    Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.

                                                    Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.

                                                    Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.

                                                    4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action

                                                    If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.

                                                    The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.

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                                                    You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.

                                                    If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.

                                                    5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail

                                                    This is your road map for what success will look like. The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.

                                                    When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.

                                                    When you’re in the middle of trying to achieve a big goal, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals out of your mind and into the real world.

                                                    Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.[1]

                                                    If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.

                                                    6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception

                                                    You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.

                                                    You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.

                                                    Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.

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                                                    We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.

                                                    7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other

                                                    There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).

                                                    When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.

                                                    This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less likely to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.

                                                    8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines

                                                    Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.

                                                    Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.

                                                    Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.

                                                    In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:

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                                                    9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals

                                                    Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them.[2] Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.

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                                                    When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.

                                                    It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.

                                                    10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day

                                                    Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.

                                                    Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.

                                                    Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.

                                                    Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams out of obscurity and into the realm of possibility.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.

                                                    It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities. Change begins today.

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