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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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                                                    Last Updated on August 20, 2019

                                                    How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                                                    How to Find New Growth Opportunities at Work

                                                    Career advancement is an enticement that today’s companies use to lure job candidates. But to truly uncover growth opportunities within a company, it’s up to you to take the initiative to move up.

                                                    You can’t rely on recruiter promises that your company will largely hire from within. Even assurances you heard from your direct supervisor during the interviewing process may not pan out. But if you begin a job knowing that you’re ultimately responsible for getting yourself noticed, you will be starting one step ahead.

                                                    Accomplished entrepreneur and LinkedIn Co-Founder Reid Hoffman said,

                                                    “If you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backward.”

                                                    It’s important to recognize that taking charge of your own career advancement, and then mapping out the steps you need to succeed, is key to moving forward on your trajectory.

                                                    Make a Point of Positioning Yourself as a Rising Star

                                                    As an employee looking for growth opportunities within your current company, you have many avenues to position yourself as a rising star.

                                                    As an insider, you’re able to glean insights on company strategies and apply your expertise where it’s most needed. Scout out any skills gaps, then make a point to acquire and apply them. And, when you have creative ideas to offer, make it your mission to gain the ear of those in the organization who can put your ideas to the test.

                                                    Valiant shows of commitment and enterprise make managers perk up and take notice, keeping you ahead of both internal and external competitors.

                                                    Employ these other useful tips to let your rising star qualities shine:

                                                    1. Promote Your Successes to Your Higher-Ups

                                                    When your boss casually asks how you’re doing, use this valuable moment to position yourself as indispensable: “I’m floating on clouds because three clients have already commented on how well they like my redesign of the company website.”

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                                                    Tell your supervisors about any and all successes. Securing a new contract or signing a new customer should be a cause for celebration. Be sure to let your bosses know.

                                                    2. Cultivate Excellent Listening Skills

                                                    Listen well, and ask great questions. Realize that people love to talk about themselves.

                                                    But if you’re a superb listener, others will confide in you, and you’ll learn from what they share. You may even find out something valuable about your own prospects in the company.

                                                    If others view you as even-minded and thoughtful, they’ll respect your ideas and, in turn, listen to what you have to say.

                                                    Check out these important listening skills: 13 Powerful Listening Skills to Improve Your Life at Work and at Home

                                                    3. Go to All Office Networking Events

                                                    Never skip the office Christmas party, your coworker’s retirement party, or any office birthday parties, wedding showers, or congratulatory parties for colleagues.

                                                    If others see you as a team player, it will help you rise in your company. These on-site parties will also help you mingle with co-workers whom you might not ordinarily have the chance to see. For special points, help organize one or two of these get-togethers.

                                                    Take the Extra Step to Show Your Value to the Company

                                                    Managers and HR staff know that it can be less risky – and a lot less costly — to promote from within. As internal staff, you likely have a good grasp of the authority structure and talent pool in the company, and know how to best navigate these networks in achieving both the company’s goals and your own.

                                                    The late Nobel-Prize winning economist, Gary Becker, coined the term “firm-specific,” which describes the unique skills required to excel in an individual organization. You, as a current employee, have likely tapped into these specific skills, while external hires may take a year or more to master their nuances.

                                                    Know that your experience within the company already provides value, then find ways to add even more value, using these tips:

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                                                    4. Show Initiative

                                                    Commit yourself to whatever task you’re given, and make a point of going above and beyond.

                                                    Position yourself so that you’re ready to take on any growth opportunities that present themselves. If you believe you have skills that have gone untapped, find a manager who will give you a chance to prove your worth.

                                                    Accept any stretch assignment that showcases your readiness for advancement. Stay late, and arrive early. Half of getting the best assignments is sticking around long enough to receive them.

                                                    5. Set Yourself Apart by Staying up on Everything There Is to Know About Your Company and Its Competitors

                                                    Subscribe to and read the online trade journals. Become an active member in your industry’s network of professionals. Go to industry conferences, and learn your competitors’ strategies.

                                                    Be the on-the-ground eyes and ears for your organization to stay on top of industry trends.

                                                    6. Go to Every Company Meeting Prepared and Ready to Learn

                                                    A lot of workers feel meetings are an utter waste of time. They’re not, though, because they provide face-time with higher-ups and those in a position to give you the growth opportunities you need.

                                                    Go with the intention of absorbing information and using it to your advantage — including the goals and work styles of your superiors. Respect the agenda, listen more than you speak, and never beleaguer a point.

                                                    Accelerate Your Career Growth Opportunities

                                                    A recent study found that the five predictors of employees with executive potential were: the right motivation, curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination. These qualities help you stand out, but it’s also important to establish a track record of success and to not appear to be over-reaching in your drive to move up in your company.

                                                    Try to see yourself from your boss’s position and evaluate your promote-ability.

                                                    Do you display a passion and commitment toward meeting the collective goals of the company? Do you have a motivating influence with team members and show insight and excellence in all your work?

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                                                    These qualities will place you front and center when growth opportunities arise.

                                                    Use these strategic tips to escalate your opportunities for growth:

                                                    7. Find a Mentor

                                                    With mentorship programs fast disappearing, this isn’t always easy. But you need to look for someone in the company who has been promoted several times and who also cares about your progress.

                                                    Maybe it’s the person who recommended you for the job. Or maybe it’s your direct supervisor. It could even be someone across the hall or in a completely different department.

                                                    Talk to her or him about growth opportunities within your company. Maybe she or he can recommend you for a promotion.

                                                    Not sure how to find the right mentor? Here’s How to Find a Mentor That Will Help You Succeed.

                                                    8. Map out Your Own Growth Opportunity Chart

                                                    After you’ve worked at the company for a few months, work out a realistic growth chart for your own development. This should be a reasonable, practical chart — not a pie-in-the-sky wish list of demands.

                                                    What’s reasonable? Do you think being promoted within two years is reasonable? What about raises? Try to inform your own growth chart with what you’ve heard about other workers’ raises and promotions.

                                                    Once you’ve rigorously charted a realistic path for your personal development within the company, try to talk to your mentor about it.

                                                    Keep refining your chart until it seems to work with your skills and proven talents. Then, arrange a time to discuss it with your boss.

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                                                    You may want to time the discussion around the time of your performance review. Then your boss can weigh in with what he feels is reasonable, too.

                                                    9. Set Your Professional Bar High

                                                    Research shows that more than two-thirds of workers are just putting in their time. But through your active engagement in the organization and commitment to giving your best, you can provide the contrast against others giving lackluster performances.

                                                    Cultivate the hard skills that keep you on the cutting edge of your profession, while also refining your soft skills. These are the attributes that make you better at embracing diverse perspectives, engendering trust, and harnessing the power of synergy.

                                                    Even if you have an unquestionably left-brain career — a financial analyst or biotechnical engineer, for example — you’re always better off when you can form kind, courteous, quality relationships with colleagues.

                                                    Let integrity be the cornerstone of all your interactions with clients and co-workers.

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    Growth opportunities are available for those willing to purposely and adeptly manage their own professional growth. As the old adage says,

                                                    “Half of life is showing up.”

                                                    The other half is sticking around so that when your boss is looking for someone to take on a more significant role, you are among the first who come to mind.

                                                    Remember, your career is your business!

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