THE Awards Asia 2020


"Times Higher Education is renowned across the globe for its World University Rankings, but data cannot capture everything that is great about a university, and they cannot always identify focused or niche pockets of excellent practice inside an institution as complex and multifaceted as a university.

It was because of the great depth and diversity of Asian higher education that we chose to launch our first overseas awards on the continent in 2019, following 15 years showcasing excellence in the UK, where our awards event is widely known as the sector’s “Oscars”.

In this second year, with twice as many categories and hundreds of entries coming in from across the continent, we were once again hugely impressed by the quality of the submissions, and ultimately those selected as winners are very worthy of the spotlight THE is delighted to give them."

– Phil Baty, chief knowledge officer, THE


The winners were announced on 17 November 2020.



Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

Alfaisal University

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Faculty of Applied and Creative Arts (winner)

National Dong Hwa University

O.P. Jindal Global University

Peking University, Research Centre for Ethnic Music and Musical Theatre

Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Tiangong University


International Strategy of the Year

Sponsored by: Western Union Business Solutions

Abdullah Gül University

Amity University

King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, UNIMAS Global

Showa Women's University

Southern University of Science and Technology (winner)

Tianjin University, International Engineering Institute

Xiamen University


Outstanding Leadership and Management Team

Sponsored by: Elsevier

Al-Balqa Applied University

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University

Beijing University of Technology

King Faisal University

National Dong Hwa University

O.P. Jindal Global University

Seoul National University

Tsinghua University (winner)


Outstanding Support for Students

Hebrew University of Jerusalem

International Medical University (Kuala Lumpur)

Katalyst, in collaboration with the College of Engineering Pune (winner)

King Abdulaziz University

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate

Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences

Singapore Institute of Technology

Vellore Institute of Technology


Regional or Societal Impact Award

This category did not require institutions to send in submissions. The shortlist is compiled after analysis of data collected by Times Higher Education for our suite of rankings, but reveal interesting and important aspects of university performance that are not part of our published rankings results.

For this Regional or Societal Impact Award, we examined the scores from the inaugural 2019 edition of the THE Impact Ranking in the three specific SDG areas that saw the most university entries from the continent.

Alfaisal University

Hanyang University

King Abdulaziz University

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Kyung Hee University

Soochow University

Sungkyunkwan University (winner)

The University of Tokyo


Student Recruitment Campaign of the Year

Sponsored by: The Access Platform

Independent University, Bangladesh

National University of Sciences & Technology

National University of Singapore

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (winner)

Qatar University

Southern University of Science and Technology

Universiti Teknologi Petronas

Tokyo University of Science


Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year

An-Najah National University (winner)

Fujita Health University

Ho Chi Minh City Open University

National Taipei University of Education

National Yunlin University of Science and Technology

Singapore Management University

Tiangong University

Tianjin University


Technological Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by: Coursera

Chiang Mai University

Chitkara University

City University of Hong Kong

Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Singapore Institute of Technology

Tongji University

Tokyo University of Science

Tsinghua University (winner)


THE DataPoints Merit Award

This category did not require institutions to send in submissions. The shortlist is compiled after analysis of data collected by Times Higher Education for our suite of rankings, but reveal interesting and important aspects of university performance that are not part of our published rankings results.

For this THE DataPoints Merit Award, we dug into the data underlying the THE World University Rankings to look for Asian universities that could be considered to be “unsung heroes” – those whose research excellence outpaces the recognition of their strength among the 10,000+ academics polled across the globe in our annual Reputation Survey.

American University of Beirut

Hunan University

King Abdulaziz University (winner)

Nankai University

University of the Philippines

Soochow University

Southern University of Science and Technology

Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology


Workplace of the Year

Baiko Gakuin University

Beijing University of Technology

Istanbul Aydin University

Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology (winner)

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

University of Management and Technology

National Dong Hwa University

O.P. Jindal Global University

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