World's Top 100 Universities (Under 50)

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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.

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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

2014 rank

2013 rank

2013-14 WUR

Founded

Institution

Country

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

About Avik Mallick

Avik Mallick is a content writer and curator, who has an affinity for reading. In a former life, he was a trainee at a manufacturing industry. A writer by day and a reader by night, he is a lover of literary works of any kind. When not within the confines of a four-wall enclosure, head buried in a book, he likes to devote all of his energies to playing football, cooking, listening, and criticising music.
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