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South Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) is the best young university in the world for the third year in a row, according to a new league table.

Four of the top five unis in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2014 - which ranks the world's top 100 universities under 50 years of age - are based in east Asia.

Institutions from South Korea, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore head the list. The top 10 is made up of institutions from eight different nations, with the highest-ranking UK institution being Lancaster University in 10th.

Top 10 unis in the THE 100 Under 50
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2014 rank2013 rank2013-14 World University RankingsFounded InstitutionCountry/region
11601986Pohang University of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
22371968École Polytechnique Fédérale de LausanneSwitzerland
33561971Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologySouth Korea
44571991Hong Kong University of Science and TechnologyHong Kong
58761991Nanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
66=981976Maastricht UniversityNetherlands
75931965University of California, IrvineUS
810=1141971Université Paris-SudFrance
99961971Université Pierre et Marie CurieFrance
10141371964Lancaster UniversityUK

The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2014 full table


Overall, the table features institutions from 29 different countries, including Iran, Brazil, Portugal and Taiwan. Best represented are the UK and Australia with 14 institutions each. But although the UK has done well it is on a downward trend - it featured 18 universities in the list last year. Australia's tally is up from 13 last year

THE says its ranking "looks to the future by examining a new breed of global universities – those that have managed to join the world elite in a matter of decades rather than centuries, and those with the potential to become the next generation’s Harvard or Oxford."

Unlike the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the 100 Under 50 lists only universities founded in 1964 or later.

More about the THE 100 Under 50 methodology

• Foundation dates: if an institution was purpose-built as a university, in general the foundation date shall be the year it was founded. If the institution has changed status from another type of body, the foundation date in general shall be taken to be the year the institution was given degree-awarding powers
• Fifty million citations analysed and compared with the world average from the same field
• World’s largest academic reputation survey (10,500 academics)
• Thirteen indicators across five areas – research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity – were taken into account. They are:

Industry income – innovation
1. Research income from industry/academic staff

Teaching – the learning environment
2. Reputation survey – teaching
3. Staff-to-student ratio
4. PhDs awarded/undergraduate degrees awarded
5. PhDs awarded/academic staff
6. Institutional income/academic staff

Citations – research influence
7. Citation impact (normalised average citations per paper)

Research – volume, income and reputation
8. Reputation survey – research
9. Research income/academic staff
10. Scholarly papers/(academic and research staff)

International outlook – staff, students and research
11. International students/total students
12. International academic staff/total academic staff
13. Scholarly papers with one or more international co-authors/total scholarly papers


Phil Baty, rankings editor, Times Higher Education, says: “The UK shares the accolade of being the best-represented nation in the 100 Under 50, with 14 institutions. Given that the country is globally renowned for its venerable universities – both the ancient Oxbridge elite and the Victorian redbricks – this demonstrates the strength in depth of the UK system, showing that the 1960s generation are thriving on the world stage, often exceeding the performance of their elders (but not betters).

“But there are warning signs. All but two of the UK’s representatives in the list were founded in the 1960s while the ranking is dominated by much younger and higher-placed institutions from strengthening economies that have focused resources on building world-class universities, developing genuine global competitors such as the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea. Competition is only going to intensify as more nations and institutions join the race: the UK must work hard not to be left behind.”

Full 100 rankings

2014 rank 2013 rank 2013-14 World University Rankings Founded Institution Country/region
1 1 60 1986 Pohang University of Science and Technology South Korea
2 2 37 1968 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
3 3 56 1971 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
4 4 57 1991 Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
5 8 76 1991 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
6 6 =98 1976 Maastricht University Netherlands
7 5 93 1965 University of California, Irvine US
8 10 =114 1971 Université Paris-Sud France
9 9 96 1971 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
10 14 137 1964 Lancaster University UK
11 11 136 1965 University of California, Santa Cruz US
12 13 141 1965 University of Warwick UK
=13 19 =191 1965 University of Illinois at Chicago US
=13 25 =164 1990 Pompeu Fabra University Spain
15 15 =188 1969 University of Texas at Dallas US
16 - 201-225 1967 Universität Ulm Germany
=17 18 201-225 1984 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
=17 17 =178 1970 Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 France
19 =23 201-225 1966 University of Calgary Canada
20 =20 226-250 1966 Universität Konstanz Germany
21 =23 226-250 1998 University of Milan-Bicocca Italy
22 =29 251-275 1964 University of Essex UK
23 22 226-250 1968 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
=24 =26 226-250 1965 Simon Fraser University Canada
=24 33 251-275 1977 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
26 32 251-275 1970 Université Montpellier 2 France
27 47 251-275 1966 Sharif University of Technology Iran
28 =40 251-275 1965 University of Newcastle Australia
29 44 251-275 1966 Brunel University UK
30 =34 251-275 1994 Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
=31 39 226-250 1984 Bilkent University Turkey
=31 26 276-300 1989 Queensland University of Technology Australia
33 43 276-300 1975 University of Wollongong Australia
=34 =34 276-300 1966 University of Bath UK
=34 36 276-300 1964 Macquarie University Australia
36 =49 251-275 2004 Medical University of Vienna Austria
=37 38 276-300 1966 University of Southern Denmark Denmark
=37 28 301-350 1966 State University of Campinas Brazil
39 =29 301-350 1965 Umeå University Sweden
40 37 301-350 1980 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
41 31 276-300 1993 Koç University Turkey
=42 =53 276-300 1992 Plymouth University UK
=42 45 351-400 1974 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology Taiwan
=44 =49 301-350 1973 University of Tsukuba Japan
=44 46 301-350 1964 University of Waikato New Zealand
46 51 301-350 1975 Linköping University Sweden
47 83 301-350 1988 University of Technology, Sydney Australia
48 =53 301-350 1973 University of Crete Greece
=49 =40 301-350 1975 Universität Bayreuth Germany
=49 48 301-350 1991 University of South Australia Australia
51 =40 301-350 1969 Universität Bielefeld Germany
52 63 301-350 1966 Heriot-Watt University UK
53 =61 301-350 1969 University of Eastern Finland Finland
54 =57 301-350 1971 Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 France
55 =71 301-350 1974 Aalborg University Denmark
56 =61 351-400 1967 University of Stirling UK
57 59 351-400 1972 George Mason University US
58 52 301-350 1968 Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
59 =66 301-350 1974 Deakin University Australia
=60 75 301-350 1992 University of Hertfordshire UK
=60 =57 301-350 1973 Murdoch University Australia
=60 - 351-400 1965 Ruhr-Universität Bochum Germany
63 =71 351-400 1966 University of Surrey UK
64 56 351-400 1968 University of Tromsø Norway
65 60 351-400 1966 University of Maryland, Baltimore County US
66 - 351-400 1991 University of Rovira i Virgili Spain
=67 69 351-400 2003 Universität Duisburg-Essen Germany
=67 74 351-400 1997 National University of Ireland, Maynooth Republic of Ireland
69 =77 351-400 1989 Charles Darwin University Australia
70 64 351-400 1966 Johannes Kepler Universität Linz Austria
=71 68 351-400 1967 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
=71 65 351-400 1966 Loughborough University UK
=73 =84 - 1965 Florida International University US
=73 55 351-400 1964 University of Guelph Canada
75 76 351-400 1973 University of Minho Portugal
76 =77 351-400 1989 University of Vigo Spain
77 80 351-400 1968 Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain
78 79 - 1964 University of Strathclyde UK
79 =66 - 1973 Aveiro University Portugal
80 97 - 1965 University of Kent UK
81 96 - 1966 Aston University UK
=82 87 - 1987 Curtin University of Technology Australia
=82 =71 - 1966 Flinders University Australia
=84 86 - 1971 Griffith University Australia
=84 - - 1969 Université du Québec à Montréal Canada
86 82 - 1968 Université Paris Dauphine France
=87 - - 1994 Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati India
=87 92 - 1973 New University of Lisbon Portugal
=87 - - 1989 University of Western Sydney Australia
90 81 - 1964 Massey University New Zealand
91 70 - 1969 University of Texas at San Antonio US
=92 =84 - 1989 Dublin City University Republic of Ireland
=92 - - 1977 Isfahan University of Technology Iran
94 - - 1992 Dublin Institute of Technology Republic of Ireland
95 =99 - 1971 Polytechnic University of Catalonia Spain
=96 - - 1974 Concordia University Canada
=96 98 - 1975 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
98 93 - 1965 Tampere University of Technology Finland
99 - - 2001 Asia University, Taiwan Taiwan
=100 =88 - 1967 La Trobe University Australia
=100 - - 1992 University of Rome III Italy
The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 2014 full table


I find these rankings rather interesting - a nice snapshot of the up-and-coming unis. What do other people think?
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I find these rankings rather interesting - a nice snapshot of the up-and-coming unis. What do other people think?
Lancaster will be off the list next. Of the four British universities that fell off the list this year how many "grew up"?

The Paris entries are misleading. They are simply parts of the historic University of Paris (the second oldest university in the world) that became independent universities following the student disturbances in 1968. The University of Paris still has some sort of nebulous existence.

On that measure Imperial, Cardiff, Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor are unquestionably under 50 years old, and UCL, KCL, SOAS, RHUL, LSE and QMUL are arguably under 50 years old.

Most of the US institutions are new branch campuses of statewide university systems. Is there a fundamental difference between University of California at Irvine and University of Durham at Stockton, University of Exeter at Falmouth or University of Kent at Medway?

In a way this is an award for Jonny come latelies. Mostly these are countries with wholly insufficient university provision that have redressed this by the provision of new universities.

The THES methodology has inbuilt biases. The research influence measure is heavily biased towards scientific journals rather than arts journals and monographs. A university is better when it has a high number of PhD students to undergraduates. That enormously favours small Scandinavian research universities rather than say large Indian teaching universities. Likewise, universities are favoured which have a high proportion of international students which is not necessarily the national aim of the country concerned.
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I find these rankings rather interesting - a nice snapshot of the up-and-coming unis. What do other people think?[/QUOTE]

I actually have a question about some of the new Uni's I know of. The University colleges in The Netherlands (Amsterdam univeristy college, Maastricht, Middelburg, Groningen and Utrecht) tend to be better than any other Uni's in The Netherlands yet I never see them in any rankings. They are all quite new (less then 5 years most of them) could this be one of the reasons? Is prestige/fame a big factor in the rankings of a 'good' university?
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i'm quite surprised how they can put henriot watt, plymouth and kent above oxbridge
Maybe because Oxford and Cambridge are centuries old and this is a league table of universities founded in 1964 or later?
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Where is University of East London? UEL? Surely that tops the list? :P
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i'm quite surprised how they can put henriot watt, plymouth and kent above oxbridge
seriously?

it's a list of unis that have been considered to be less than 50 years old - oxbridge didn't qualify.
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would you consider these rankings any good or just a load of rubbish?
I don't really think I'm in a position to comment on that. I've never been to any of the universities in question, let alone seen any of their research departments, lectures or student satisfaction ratings.
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I would like to see who owns the new universities. There is an excellent degree course at University of St Mark and St John with a satellite student group at Exeter College, which is being discontinued because, rumour has it, it is not 'cost effective.'
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I'm surprised that POSTECH is higher than KAIST; KAIST is met with a "Wow", in South Korea.

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I'm surprised that POSTECH is higher than KAIST; KAIST is met with a "Wow", in South Korea.

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Yeah KAIST is a wow school.
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