THE Young University Rankings 2020: results announced

Universities in Hong Kong and Singapore top list of world’s best universities founded during the past half-century

June 24, 2020
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Asia is home to the world’s leading two young universities for the first time, according to Times Higher Education’s latest ranking.

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology tops the THE Young University Rankings for the third consecutive year, while Nanyang Technological University, Singapore ranks second, up from third last year.

Both universities have very similar profiles, excelling in the areas of international outlook and citation impact, but also achieving high scores for research environment and knowledge transfer.

The ranking features only institutions that are aged 50 years or under.

Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne ranked second in last year’s table but dropped out of the list after reaching its 51st birthday this year.

However, while Asian universities take the top two spots, overall the top 10 is split between institutions in Asia and Europe. France’s Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris, Italy’s Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa, and South Korea’s Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) complete the top five.

The University of Paris is the highest new entry in the ranking, featuring at 11th place following a merger last year.

The UK is the most represented nation, with 36 institutions, while Spain has 27 and France and India each have 26.

However, Australia once again boasts more entries than any other nation in the top echelons of the ranking. Seventeen Australian institutions feature in the top 100, up from 15 last year. Only France comes near matching this feat, with 14 entries. The UK has five.

India, meanwhile, achieves its strongest ever performance in the ranking, with two institutions in the top 70 for the first time: Indian Institute of Technology Ropar makes its debut at joint-62nd place, while Indian Institute of Technology Indore is 64th, up from 68th.

Overall, the ranking includes more than 400 universities from 66 territories. The Young University Rankings are based on the same metrics as the THE World University Rankings. But the weightings are recalibrated to reflect young universities’ missions, with less emphasis on reputational surveys and more on factors such as research productivity, staff-student ratios, institutional income and doctoral education.

THE Young University Rankings 2020: the top 10

2020 rank 2019 rank Institution Country/region Foundation year
1 1 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong 1991
2 3 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore 1991
3 4 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France 2010
4 7 Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa Italy 1987
5 6 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea 1971
6 10 Maastricht University Netherlands 1976
7 5 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1984
8 8 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea 1986
9 9 Sorbonne University France 2018
10 11 Pompeu Fabra University Spain 1990

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