Best universities in the emerging economies: top 100

The best universities in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2021

March 9 2021
Best universities in the emerging economies


Chinese universities dominate the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings 2021.

Out of more than 600 ranked universities, China took 91 places, with Tsinghua University claiming the top spot overall, followed by Peking University in second place. India was the second most represented country, with 63 universities.

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The ranking shines a spotlight on universities in 48 countries classed as emerging economies, including Brazil, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

All the universities in the top 10 also appear in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

The Emerging Economies Ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings, measuring teaching, research, research impact, industry income and international outlook, but the weightings are adjusted to reflect the specific characteristics of this group of universities. The full methodology can be found here.

Only institutions in countries in the FTSE Group’s Country Classification Process are eligible to be included in this ranking.

Best universities in the emerging economies 2021

1. Tsinghua University, China

Since 1911, Tsinghua University has aimed to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western culture, sciences and humanities, and ancient and modern knowledge.

Although the institution has particular strengths in science and technology, it conducts research and teaching across 20 schools and 54 departments, from management to art.

Many successful people in politics, academia and industry have graduated from Tsinghua University, including two Nobel prizewinners, physicists Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen Ning Yang.  

2. Peking University, China

Peking University is a member of the C9 league, which is similar to the Ivy League in the US, and is generally one of the highest ranked institutions in China.

The university campus is known as “Yan Yuan” – the garden of Yan – and is located in a suburb of Beijing near the Summer Palace.

Many of its academics are members of prestigious research academies and direct groundbreaking research in China.

Peking’s students have the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects, from humanities to applied sciences. There is also a significant focus on professional skills to provide students with the foundation to transition into careers.

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3. Zhejiang University, China

Zhejiang University is part of China’s elite C9 group of universities. Founded in 1887, it is one of the oldest and most selective universities in the country.

The university has seven campuses across Hangzhou: Yuquan, Xixi, Haining International, Huajiachi, Zhijiang, Zijin’gang and Zhoushan.

The university has partnerships with more than 180 institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide, including Imperial College London, the University of Sydney and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

4. Fudan University, China

Fudan University has four campuses in downtown Shanghai: Handan, Fenglin, Zhangjiang and Jiangwan.

The university takes a liberal arts approach to teaching, with a focus on developing students’ understanding of different cultures and independent research skills.

Many of Fudan’s courses are taught in English and the university has developed partnerships with more than 200 institutions worldwide. Students at Fudan University are encouraged to take advantage of these partnerships and participate in a study abroad exchange.

5. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Shanghai Jiao Tong University is a major research university in Shanghai. It is also one of the oldest universities in China, having been established in 1896. 

The institution offers 67 undergraduate programmes across economics, law, literature, science, engineering, agriculture, medicine, management and arts. It also offers a wide range of master’s and doctoral programmes. 

The Shanghai Jiao Tong University Students’ Union provides a range of student clubs and associations that students can get involved with, and organises a variety of events throughout the year, such as on Halloween and New Year’s Eve.

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Top 100 universities in the Emerging Economies Ranking 2021

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Emerging Economies Rank 2021 World University Rank 2021 University  Country
1 =20 Tsinghua University China
2 23 Peking University China
3 =94 Zhejiang University China
4 =70 Fudan University China
5 100 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
6 =174 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
7 =87 University of Science and Technology of China China
8 97 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
9 =111 Nanjing University China
10 =155 University of Cape Town South Africa
11 201–250 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Russian Federation
12 201–250 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
13 201–250 University of São Paulo Brazil
=14 301–350 Indian Institute of Science India
=14 251–300 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
16 201–250 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
=17 301–350 Beijing Normal University China
=17 301–350 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
=17 301–350 Wuhan University China
=20 351–400 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
=20 301–350 Taipei Medical University Taiwan
=20 401–500 Tongji University China
23 251–300 Stellenbosch University South Africa
=24 251–300 HSE University Russian Federation
=24 251–300 Sun Yat-sen University China
26 301–350 Qatar University Qatar
27 251–300 Alfaisal University Saudi Arabia
=28 351–400 Central South University China
=28 401–500 Harbin Institute of Technology China
=28 401–500 National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Russian Federation
31 301–350 University of Malaya Malaysia
32 351–400 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
33 301–350 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
34 401–500 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
35 301–350 Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University Russian Federation
36 351–400 East China Normal University China
37 251–300 University of Tartu Estonia
38 401–500 Tianjin University China
39 401–500 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
=40 501–600 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
=40 401–500 South China University of Technology China
=40 501–600 Southeast University China
43 401–500 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan
44 501–600 Sabancı University Turkey
=45 401–500 University of Iceland Iceland
=45 501–600 ITMO University Russian Federation
47 501–600 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
48 401–500 University of Campinas Brazil
49 501–600 Tomsk State University Russian Federation
50 301–350 Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
=51 501–600 Beihang University China
=51 401–500 Koç University Turkey
=53 351–400 Nankai University China
=53 501–600 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Chile
55 301–350 Reykjavík University Iceland
56 501–600 Beijing Institute of Technology China
57 351–400 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
58 501–600 Northwestern Polytechnical University China
59 601–800 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
60 501–600 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
61 501–600 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia
62 601–800 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia
63 401–500 Bauman Moscow State Technical University Russian Federation
=64 401–500 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
=64 501–600 University of Cyprus Cyprus
=64 401–500 Saint-Petersburg Mining University Russian Federation
=64 401–500 Semmelweis University Hungary
=68 351–400 University of Crete Greece
=68 601–800 Shandong University China
70 401–500 Shenzhen University China
71 351–400 Indian Institute of Technology Ropar India
=72 401–500 Hunan University China
=72 401–500 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
=72 501–600 Renmin University of China China
75 401–500 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
76 501–600 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China
77 401–500 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
78 601–800 Universiti Putra Malaysia Malaysia
79 401–500 Indian Institute of Technology Indore India
80 601–800 Mahidol University Thailand
=81 501–600 Soochow University China
=81 501–600 Xiamen University China
83 401–500 University of the Philippines Philippines
84 601–800 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil
85 501–600 Zhejiang Normal University China
86 401–500 Cankaya University Turkey
=87 801–1000 Asia University ,Taiwan Taiwan
=87 601–800 Sichuan University China
89 601–800 Bilkent University Turkey
=90 601–800 Chongqing University China
=90 401–500 University of Desarrollo Chile
=90 401–500 Diego Portales University Chile
=90 401–500 Durban University of Technology South Africa
=94 401–500 Mansoura University Egypt
=94 601–800 National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) Russian Federation
=94 401–500 Pontifical Javeriana University Colombia
=97 601–800 Dalian University of Technology China
=97 501–600 North-West University South Africa
=97 601–800 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation
100 601–800 Saint Petersburg State University Russian Federation

Read more: See the full Emerging Economies Ranking 2021 here

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