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 (older 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 haven’t 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 joint eighth place. The US has 19 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 24 universities making the list, including the University of York, the University of Surrey and Keele University.
India is another well-represented country in the ranking, with 15 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.