The main trend of this year's rankings is the continued rise of China, which now claims nearly one in five places on the table. It uses the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings, but they are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia's institutions. The universities are judged across all of their core missions - teaching, research, knowledge transfer and global outlook - to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available.
The varsity was placed in the 120-130 band in previous year's rankings, but has climbed nearly 50 places on the back of the strength of its citations and an improved score for teaching.
Both NUS and NTU achieved high scores in all areas of the ranking, in particular on citation impact and worldwide outlook.
"It is a fantastic achievement that India now has 42 universities in the Asia rankings".
However, four Pakistani universities saw their rankings falling and were placed in bands lower than last years'. The top Indian universities on the list are the Indian Institute of Science (29), Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (44), IIT-Kharagpur (60), IIT-Roorkee (65) and IIT-Kanpur (81).
"NTU continues to make overall progress including in the areas of research, global outlook and industry engagement", he said, adding that NTU holds the top spot among Singapore universities in three areas - citations per paper, industry income and worldwide outlook.
Chinese Universities further upgraded their overall learning system to provide best possible education to students from Pakistan and other regional countries. It also picked up points in other areas such as research productivity, even though it lagged behind on research environment. Its only area of decline was teaching reputation, the rankings analysis found.
California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, last year's second and third top university, are now tied in third place, while Massachusetts Institute of Technology remains in fifth spot.
"The South Asian region has increased its representation in the 2018 "THE" Asia University Rankings, but is struggling to maintain its standing in the face of competition from the East and South-East Asia", said Baty.