The universities in the Times Higher Education “Golden Age” ranking were established between 1945 and 1966. 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 less than 80), they fall outside the parameters of our overall Young University Rankings, which look at institutions under 50. They make up a unique group of higher education institutions that have embedded their 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 taking ninth place. The US has 10 universities in the ranking overall.
The UK’s sole representative in the top 10 is the University of Warwick. However, the UK had a strong presence across the ranking with 18 universities making the list, including the University of York, the University of Surrey and Keele University.
India has five institutions in the ranking owing to the creation of multiple technology universities in the country in this time period.
Many of the universities featured in this ranking scored highly for teaching and research.
This new ranking was launched 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.