Tuesday, May 07, 2013
This example of a subject–verb agreement error is from the online version of The Straits Times (11 April 2013).
The third-person singular present tense –s marker on the highlighted verb is wrong because NUS and NTU form a plural subject.
They cannot collectively be thought of as a single entity; otherwise they would not be occupying two different positions in the ranking.
A good test of this would be to replace NUS and NTU with an appropriate pronoun and see which works best – it should be obvious that the plural they rather than the singular it is needed here.