Best ‘Golden Age’ universities 2018

The Golden Age ranking uses Times Higher Education data to cast a spotlight on the best universities established for more than 50 years, but less than 80 years

June 6 2018
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The universities in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” ranking were established between 1945 and 1967. The ranking takes its name from what was a Golden Age in global higher education, characterised by rapid university expansion and increasing investment in research. 

Because of the age of these universities (more than 50 years old but under 80), they fall outside the parameters of our overall Young University Rankings that looks at institutions under 50 years of age. They make up a unique group of higher education institutions that have embedded academic practices but that have not been around for hundreds of years. 

There are two appearances in the top 10 from the University of California System, with the University of California, San Diego topping the list and the University of California, Irvine in ninth place. The US has 14 universities in the ranking overall. 

The UK’s sole representative in the top 10 is the University of Warwick. However, the UK has a strong presence in the ranking with 23 universities making the list, including the University of York, the University of Surrey and Keele University


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India is another well-represented country in the ranking with 11 institutions owing to the creation of multiple technology universities in the country during this time period. 

Many of the universities in this ranking score highly for teaching and research. 

This ranking has been released in conjunction with the Young University Rankings, which lists the best universities under 50 years old. This ranking was produced using the same methodology as the World University Rankings, which can be viewed here.


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Golden Age university ranking 2018: Top 100

Golden Age Ranking 2018 Golden Age Ranking 2017 University Country/Region Foundation year
1 1 University of California, San Diego United States 1960
2 2 Australian National University Australia 1946
3 6 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1963
4 3 Seoul National University South Korea 1946
5 4 Monash University Australia 1958
6 7 University of New South Wales Australia 1949
7 5 Free University of Berlin Germany 1948
8 8 University of Warwick United Kingdom 1965
9 9 University of California, Irvine United States 1965
10 10 University of Mannheim Germany 1946
11 11 University of Southampton United Kingdom 1952
12 12 University of Exeter United Kingdom 1955
13 =17 University of Science and Technology of China China 1958
14 13 University of York United Kingdom 1963
15 23 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands 1956
16 16 University of Sussex United Kingdom 1961
17 14 Lancaster University United Kingdom 1964
18 NR Ulm University Germany 1967
19 15 University of California, Santa Cruz United States 1965
20 24 Newcastle University United Kingdom 1963
21 =17 University of Twente Netherlands 1962
22 NR University of Dundee United Kingdom 1967
23 =19 University of East Anglia United Kingdom 1963
=24 =19 University of California, Riverside United States 1954
=24 21 University of Gothenburg Sweden 1954
26 29 University of Bergen Norway 1946
27 22 University of Waterloo Canada 1957
28 26 University of Calgary Canada 1966
29 25 University of Konstanz Germany 1966
30 30 Tel Aviv University Israel 1956
31 27 Brandeis University United States 1948
32 NR King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia 1967
33 42 Ruhr University Bochum Germany 1965
34 32 Simon Fraser University Canada 1965
35 46 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russian Federation 1946
=36 28 University of Illinois at Chicago United States 1965
=36 34 University of South Florida United States 1956
=38 31 Stony Brook University United States 1957
=38 33 University of Trento Italy 1962
40 37 Macquarie University Australia 1964
41 38 University of Bath United Kingdom 1966
42 36 University of Oulu Finland 1958
43 39 University of Southern Denmark Denmark 1966
=44 =44 University of Essex United Kingdom 1964
=44 40 University of Surrey United Kingdom 1966
46 41 Umeå University Sweden 1965
47 35 University of Newcastle Australia 1965
48 51-100 Flinders University Australia 1966
49 NR University of Stirling United Kingdom 1967
50 50 University of Navarra Spain 1952
51 48 University of Kent United Kingdom 1965
=52 =44 Loughborough University United Kingdom 1966
=52 43 University of Victoria Canada 1963
54 47 York University Canada 1959
=55 51-100 Aston University United Kingdom 1966
=55 51-100 Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom 1966
57 51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India 1958
58 51-100 City, University of London United Kingdom 1966
59 NR La Trobe University Australia 1967
60 51-100 University of Waikato New Zealand 1964
61 49 Brunel University London United Kingdom 1966
62 51-100 Kyung Hee University South Korea 1949
63 51-100 Marche Polytechnic University Italy 1959
64 51-100 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong 1956
=65 51-100 Binghamton University, State University of New York United States 1946
=65 51-100 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom 1964
67 51-100 State University of Campinas Brazil 1966
68 51-100 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan 1958
69 51-100 Bar-Ilan University Israel 1955
70 51-100 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States 1966
71 51-100 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation 1959
72 51-100 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 1952
73 NR Quaid-i-azam University Pakistan 1965
74 51-100 Massey University New Zealand 1964
75 51-100 University of Ioannina Greece 1964
76 51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India 1951
=77 51-100 Keele University United Kingdom 1949
=77 51-100 Tampere University of Technology Finland 1965
79 51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India 1961
=80 51-100 Johannes Kepler University of Linz Austria 1966
=80 51-100 Université de Sherbrooke Canada 1954
82 51-100 King Saud University Saudi Arabia 1957
83 51-100 University of Nantes France 1961
84 51-100 East China Normal University China 1951
85 51-100 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan 1958
86 51-100 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan 1946
87 NR South China University of Technology China 1952
88 51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India 1959
89 51-100 University of Salento Italy 1955
90 51-100 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia 1963
91 51-100 University of the Andes, Colombia Colombia 1948
92 51-100 Sharif University of Technology Iran 1966
93 51-100 National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon) France 1957
94 NR University of Haifa Israel 1963
95 NR Amirkabir University of Technology Iran 1958
96 51-100 Taipei Medical University Taiwan 1960
97 51-100 Hiroshima University Japan 1949
=98 51-100 East China University of Science and Technology China 1952
=98 51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India 1959
100 51-100 Pusan National University South Korea 1946

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