Which are the best young global universities?

In QS’s annual ranking of the best universities in the world under 50 years old, Asian universities take six of the ten top spots

Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, founded in 1991, again takes the global top spot.

It is followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – HKUST (2nd, founded 1991) and KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (3rd, founded 1971).

Hong Kong’s young universities perform very strongly in a year filled with rankings successes for Asian universities. Three of its universities occupy places in the top six, and four are featured in the top 50.

The UK’s University of Bath (pictured below) breaks back into the top 10, coming 7th this year. In doing so, it is one of five UK-based universities under 50-years-old to place in the rankings.

Joining the University of Bath are Loughborough University (16th), Heriot-Watt University (32nd), Brunel University (37th, and Aston University (40th). The UK’s performance is particularly noteworthy because these rankings are typically populated by countries with an up-and-coming higher education programme, rather than the UK’s established one.

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European universities feature more regularly than Asian universities across the top 50, with 24 placed universities to Asia’s 13.

Australia is the most-featured country in the rankings this year, with eight placed ‘top 50 under 50’ universities. It is followed by the UK, home to top QS WUR universities like the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London, and Spain. Both are home to five top-50 young universities this year. 

The QS World University Rankings is an annual league table of the top universities in the world. Compiled by the QS Intelligence Unit in close consultation with an international advisory board of leading academics, they are based on four key pillars; research, teaching, employability and internationalisation and the methodology consists of six indicators: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), faculty student ratio (20%), citations per faculty (20%), international students (5%), and international faculty (5%).

 Video courtesy of https://www.ntu.edu.sg/

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