Best ‘Golden Age’ universities 2017

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

April 5 2017

View the results of the Young University Rankings 2017

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.


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Golden Age university ranking 2017: full results

Golden Age ranking Name Country Foundation Year
1 University of California, San Diego United States 1960
2 Australian National University Australia 1946
3 Seoul National University South Korea 1946
4 Monash University Australia 1958
5 Free University of Berlin Germany 1948
6 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1963
7 University of New South Wales Australia 1949
8 University of Warwick United Kingdom 1965
9 University of California, Irvine United States 1965
10 University of Mannheim Germany 1946
11 University of Southampton United Kingdom 1952
12 University of Exeter United Kingdom 1955
13 University of York United Kingdom 1963
14 Lancaster University United Kingdom 1964
15 University of California, Santa Cruz United States 1965
16 University of Sussex United Kingdom 1961
=17 University of Science and Technology of China China 1958
=17 University of Twente Netherlands 1962
=19 University of California, Riverside United States 1954
=19 University of East Anglia  United Kingdom 1963
21 University of Gothenburg Sweden 1954
22 University of Waterloo Canada 1957
23 Eindhoven University of Technology Netherlands 1956
24 Newcastle University United Kingdom 1963
25 University of Konstanz Germany 1966
26 University of Calgary Canada 1966
27 Brandeis University United States 1948
28 University of Illinois at Chicago United States 1965
29 University of Bergen Norway 1946
30 Tel Aviv University Israel 1956
31 Stony Brook University United States 1957
32 Simon Fraser University Canada 1965
33 University of Trento Italy 1962
34 University of South Florida United States 1956
35 University of Newcastle Australia 1965
36 University of Oulu Finland 1958
37 Macquarie University Australia 1964
38 University of Bath United Kingdom 1966
39 University of Southern Denmark Denmark 1966
40 University of Surrey United Kingdom 1966
41 Umeå University Sweden 1965
42 Ruhr University Bochum Germany 1965
43 University of Victoria Canada 1963
=44 Loughborough University United Kingdom 1966
=44 University of Essex United Kingdom 1964
46 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russian Federation 1946
47 York University Canada 1959
48 University of Kent United Kingdom 1965
49 Brunel University London United Kingdom 1966
50 University of Navarra Spain 1952
51-100 University of the Andes Colombia 1948
51-100 Aston University United Kingdom 1966
51-100 Bar-Ilan University Israel 1955
51-100 Binghamton University, State University of New York United States 1946
51-100 China University of Geosciences (Beijing) China 1952
51-100 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan 1958
51-100 City, University of London United Kingdom 1966
51-100 East China Normal University China 1951
51-100 East China University of Science and Technology China 1952
51-100 Flinders University Australia 1966
51-100 University of Guelph Canada 1964
51-100 Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom 1966
51-100 Hiroshima University Japan 1949
51-100 Hong Kong Baptist University Hong Kong 1956
51-100 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China 1953
51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India 1958
51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India 1961
51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India 1959
51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India 1951
51-100 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India 1959
51-100 University of Ioannina Greece 1964
51-100 Jadavpur University India 1955
51-100 Johannes Kepler University of Linz Austria 1966
51-100 Keele University United Kingdom 1949
51-100 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia 1963
51-100 King Saud University Saudi Arabia 1957
51-100 Kyung Hee University South Korea 1949
51-100 University of Malaya Malaysia 1949
51-100 Marche Polytechnic University Italy 1959
51-100 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States 1966
51-100 Massey University New Zealand 1964
51-100 Middle East Technical University Turkey 1956
51-100 University of Nantes France 1961
51-100 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan 1958
51-100 National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon) France 1957
51-100 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan 1946
51-100 University of Nice Sophia Antipolis France 1965
51-100 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation 1959
51-100 Pusan National University South Korea 1946
51-100 University of Salento Italy 1955
51-100 Sharif University of Technology Iran 1966
51-100 Université de Sherbrooke Canada 1954
51-100 Sogang University South Korea 1960
51-100 State University of Campinas Brazil 1966
51-100 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom 1964
51-100 Taipei Medical University Taiwan 1960
51-100 Tampere University of Technology Finland 1965
51-100 Tata Institute of Fundamental Research India 1945
51-100 University of Waikato New Zealand 1964
51-100 University of the Western Cape South Africa 1959
51-100 Yeungnam University South Korea 1947

 

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