World's Top 100 Universities (Under 50)

What makes up a great alma mater when you look back and reflect upon your time in an institute of higher learning? Great institutes of higher education need not necessarily be revered as such because they have been in existence since time immemorial or because their brick and mortar structures were scarred by the seasonal winds of a hundred years. In the 20th century itself, a number of great universities which came into existence not any longer than 50 years ago have established themselves as a global powerhouse when it comes to institutes for higher learning.

These young universities, generally known as the Golden Age universities were founded on or after 1966. Being unbound by tradition has given these universities the leeway to build their own history and has given them room to innovate and discover. The composite scores which are a factor of citations, industry income, international outlook, research, and teaching are among the highest in the world. Having relatively little to no history has allowed these universities to break free from convention.

One such example is that universities like these take a more interdisciplinary approach towards learning instead of the theory oriented learning practices at the older universities. Another distinct advantage of this practice is that the coursework and syllabus is built to meet the ever-changing demands of the industry today as opposed to the rigid structures of the syllabus and coursework at the older universities. For example; the UC San Diego, whose model is built on education around issues rather than education around discipline. These young universities also benefit from having had enough time to build a little history while still being comparatively novel and young by world standards. The huge increase in college-age population and the number of people going to college coupled with the government’s precedence over any other consideration in favour of higher education and the enormous amount of investments has resulted in the expansion of higher education around the globe.

 

Young University Trends

Given below is the latest ranking for year 2017 of the top 100 universities that are less 50 years old, according to Times Higher Education. The list is decided based on composite scores which are calculated after taking factors such as citations, industry income, international outlook, research, and teaching into account. 

The ranking provides a new outlook by examining the new breed of global universities – those that have managed to join the world’s best in a matter of decades rather than centuries, and have the potential to become future global leaders.

Young University Rankings

Rank

Name

No. of FTE students

No. of students per staff member

International students

Female:Male Ratio

1

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

9,750

11.2

54%

27:73

2

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

11,960

27.3

38%

N/A

3

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

25,278

16.1

32%

49:51

4

Pohang University of Science and Technology

3,017

10.0

4%

22:78

5

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

9,327

9.5

9%

20:80

6

Maastricht University

16,030

18.3

47%

58:42

7

 City University of Hong Kong

9,871

11.6

30%

52:48

8

 Ulm University

10,370

27.3

12%

47:53

=9

 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

25,948

24.5

17%

27:73

=9

 Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna

679

13.1

13%

38:62

11

 University of Luxembourg

5,219

17.2

55%

51:49

12

Pierre and Marie Curie University 

28,473

8.0

17%

48:52 

=13

University of Antwerp 

16,445

35.8

15%

54:46 

=13

 University of Duisburg-Essen

41,002

53.0

12%

49:51 

15

 University of Technology, Sydney

25,069

44.0

35%

52:48 

16

 University of Dundee

11,266

14.7

24%

61:39 

17

 Pompeu Fabra University

10,791

20.1

12%

59:41 

18

 Autonomous University of Barcelona

31,095

12.4

11%

59:41 

19

 Paris-Sud University

26,642

14.1

17%

55:45 

20

 Hong Kong Polytechnic University

21,907

25.6

25%

54:46 

21

 University of Texas at Dallas

17,825

25.0

25%

44:56 

22

 Bielefeld University

22,279

69.6

8%

57:43 

23

 Aalborg University

 19,286

17.4

15%

48:52 

 24

Queensland University of Technology 

 34,398

36.3

17%

54:46 

25

 King Abdulaziz University

37,178

8.3

21%

55:45

 26

 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology

1,575

10.7

7%

23:77 

 27

Aalto University 

12,653

20.1

20%

34:66

 28

 Paris Descartes University

32,978

24.4

15%

63:37

 29

 University of Bayreuth

12,709

37.8

7%

46:54

 30

 University of Wollongong

16,581

25.5

24%

50:50

 31

 Paris Diderot University – Paris 7

27,836

14.8

17%

63:37 

 32

 University of South Australia

19,996

29.6

33%

57:43

 33

 Rush University

1,987

2.2

3%

71:29

 34

Charles Darwin University 

6,096

21.3

25%

66:34

 35

 Griffith University

31,031

22.3

20%

56:44 

=36

 Koç University

4,793

14.6

9%

52:48 

=36

 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

3,838

4.6

4%

68:32

38

 James Cook University

12,004

22.9

13%

63:37

39

 Central European University

1,298

5.8

77%

51:49

40

CentraleSupélec 

4,130

11.4

32%

22:78

41

University of Bremen 

18,904

34.8

11%

50:50

42

 Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

2,813

4.1

16%

67:33 

43

Deakin University 

34,968

31.1

17%

59:41

44

 Sabancı University

2,999

17.7

8%

39:61

45

 TU Dortmund University

30,998

100.3

10%

46:54

46

University of Stirling 

8,028

15.1

20%

61:39

=47

 University of Bordeaux

52,169

19.5

12%

58:42

=47

George Mason University 

27,337

17.4

8%

54:46 

49

 Maynooth University

 7,850

28.8

12%

55:45

50

Aix-Marseille University 

74,345

19.6

13%

60:40

51

University of Calabria

30,219 36.4 3% 59:41

=52

University of Cyprus

7,025

 22.5

8%

69:31

=52

Grenoble Alpes University

37,815

16.3

15%

53:47

54

University of Eastern Finland

11,098

17.7

6%

63:37

55

University of Milan-Bicocca

32,892

65.8

6%

62:38 

=56

La Trobe University

22,422

29.6

25%

63:37 

=56

Victoria University

15,270

32.5

22%

55:45

58

University of Crete

14,518

26.7

4%

62:38

59

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)

8,070

19.0

 11%

31:69

60

Linköping University

18,966

8.2

11%

51:49

61

Swinburne University of Technology

13,606

26.4

27%

39:61

62

University of Kaiserslautern

14,226

53.7

15%

37:63

63

Montpellier University

39,313

19.7

14%

54:46

64

Toyota Technological Institute

505

11.2

3%

7:93 

65

Plymouth University

18,508

19.3

14%

52:48

66

Autonomous University of Madrid

26,969

12.4

16%

60:40

67

University of Macau

8,981

14.6

33%

58:42

=68

Murdoch University

16,391

33.2

45%

59:41

=68

University of Siegen

19,139

54.4

11%

50:50

=68

 University of Texas at San Antonio

25,870

21.4

7%

48:52

71

 University of Salerno

37,862

56.3

1%

61:39

72

 Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

93,250

23.3

19%

54:46

73

 Hasselt University

4,913

16.8

10%

46:54

=74

 Dublin City University

8,856

24.9

18%

50:50

=74

 Veltech University

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

=76

Bilkent University 

9,761

14.1

4%

46:54 

=76

Örebro University

8,698

15.9

2%

61:39

=76

University of Rovira i Virgili

12,637

 13.0

10%

60:40

=79

University of Tsukuba

16,271

12.6

17%

38:62

=79

Western Sydney University

30,734

28.6

13%

57:43

=81

University of Aveiro

10,641

17.7

9%

51:49

=81

          University of Rome III

35,290

59.0

4%

59:41

=81

Verona University

24,390

18.7

6%

64:36

84

Curtin University

31,353

18.4

36%

53:47

85

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1

35,944

17.2

8%

50:50

86

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

12,180

12.0

12%

60:40

87

RMIT University

30,795

17.3

26%

47:53

88

Cyprus University of Technology

3,012

18.9

 6%

57:43

89

Florida International University

33,983

25.8

7%

56:44

90

Central Queensland University

12,300

26.6

28%

57:43

91

University of Canberra

11,287

31.0

28%

53:47

=92

Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4

21,488

27.9

19%

70:30 

=92

University of Rome II – Tor Vergata

31,393

18.4

6%

51:49

94

University of Bergamo

15,849

49.2

6%

63:37 

95

University of Brescia

14,616

26.4

7%

46:54

96

Higher School of Economics

16,170

9.1

5%

N/A

97

Université du Québec à Montréal

28,830

26.1

19%

61:39

=98

Atılım University

6,394

27.2

8%

N/A

=98

University of Portsmouth

18,949

16.4

25%

45:55 

100

Tokyo Metropolitan University

9,294

9.6

4%

35:65

Reference: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2017/young-university-rankings#!/page/0/length/25/sort_by/rank/sort_order/asc/cols/scores

 

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