The Times Higher Education (THE) has published the fifth edition of THE 150 Under 50, a ranking of the world’s top universities under 50 years of age. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, founded in 1969 in Switzerland, takes the top spot, reflecting a European dominance of this forward-looking ranking of young universities.
Only one institution from India, IIT Guwahati, features on the list. Universities from 39 countries have been represented, with continental European and Asian universities taking 95 places overall. UK and USA take only three places in the top 40, reflecting a challenge to their traditional dominance.
East Asian institutions take four of the top five places. These include Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (2nd), Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (3rd), Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea (5th) and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea (6th). THE 150 Under 50 reveals those nations and regions challenging the traditional dominance of universities located in the US and UK, whose institutions occupy 30 places in the overall ranking. By contrast, Continental European and Asian institutions account for 95 of those placed in THE 150 Under 50, with a further 20 located in Australia or New Zealand, four in Canada and one in Brazil.
Phil Baty, Times Higher Education rankings editor, says: “The 150 Under 50 ranking is led by young, exciting and dynamic institutions with half of the universities in the top 10 are 30 years or under. Nations have invested heavily in creating world-class institutions, for example, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore. As the pendulum swings, the traditionally dominant US and UK will have to raise their games to continue to compete in future years.”