Best universities in the emerging economies: top 100 2018

The best universities in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2018 

May 9 2018
Best universities in the emerging economies

Chinese universities dominate the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings 2018. 

Out of more than 350 ranked universities, China took 63 places, with Peking University claiming the top place overall, followed by Tsinghua University in second place. India was the second most represented country with 42 universities. 

The ranking shines a spotlight on universities in 42 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 2018

The Emerging Economies Rankings 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 characteristics of this group of universities. The full methodology can be found here

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

Best universities in the emerging economies 2018

1. Peking University, China

Peking’s campus is known as Yan Yuan – the garden of Yan – and is located in a suburb of Beijing, near the Summer Palace.

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

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.

2. Tsinghua University, China

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

Although the university has particular strengths in science and technology, it conducts research and teaching across 14 schools and 56 different departments, from management to art.

Its motto is “Self-discipline and social commitment”, and this is achieved through a focus on integrity and action.


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3. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

More than 40,000 postgraduate students and about 7,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at Moscow’s state university.

Approximately 4,000 students come from outside Russia each year, and the university also offers specialist distance courses for Chinese students to learn Russian.

The university boasts four museums with a strong emphasis on natural sciences, and one of the largest library systems in Russia.

4. Fudan University, China

Fudan University is one of the most selective and prestigious universities in China. The admissions exams are considered some of the hardest of any Chinese university.  

The institution has established exchange relationships with more than 200 universities and research institutions around the world. These include Columbia University, Durham University, the University of Sydney, National University of Singapore and Sciences Po Paris. 

Fudan was also one of the first Chinese universities to enrol international students in the 1950s. Since then it has accepted more than 10,000 foreign students from 100 countries. 

5. University of Science and Technology of China, China

The university was established in 1958 to provide world-leading interdisciplinary education in science and technology.

It is currently located in Hefei, the capital of Anhui Province, south of Beijing.

Emphasis at the university has always been on the quality of research and teaching. Students receive a grounding in fundamental scientific theories before being immersed in emerging research and interdisciplinary fields of study.


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Top 100 universities in the Emerging Economies Ranking 2018

Emerging Economies Rank 2018 Emerging Economies Rank 2017 World University Rank 2018  University Country/Region
1 1 =27 Peking University China
2 2 30 Tsinghua University China
3 3 194 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
4 6 116 Fudan University China
5 5 132 University of Science and Technology of China China
6 9 =177 Zhejiang University China
7 7 =188 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
8 11 =169 Nanjing University China
9 4 171 University of Cape Town South Africa
10 10 =198 National Taiwan University Taiwan
11 12 251–300 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russian Federation
12 8 251–300 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
13 14 251–300 Indian Institute of Science India
14 13 251–300 University of São Paulo Brazil
15 NR 301–350 Khalifa University of Science and Technology United Arab Emirates
16 15 301–350 Koç University Turkey
17 21 401–500 Wuhan University China
18 18 351–400 Sabancı University Turkey
19 19 401–500 National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Russian Federation
20 17 301–350 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
21 56 301–350 Tomsk Polytechnic University Russian Federation
=22 23 401–500 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
=22 =24 401–500 Tongji University China
24 20 401–500 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
25 31 351–400 Sun Yat-sen University China
26 26 351–400 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
27 NR 351–400 University of Malaya Malaysia
28 =24 301–350 University of Tartu Estonia
29 41 501–600 Harbin Institute of Technology China
30 29 401–500 University of Cyprus Cyprus
31 22 501–600 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
32 48 351–400 Higher School of Economics Russian Federation
33 28 401–500 State University of Campinas Brazil
34 =44 501–600 Tianjin University China
35 75 401–500 Qatar University Qatar
36 =60 501–600 Tomsk State University Russian Federation
37 =52 351–400 Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
38 42 351–400 Stellenbosch University South Africa
39 34 351–400 University of Crete Greece
40 =44 501–600 Southeast University China
=41 58 401–500 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
=41 =49 501–600 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
43 38 401–500 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation
44 30 401–500 Saint Petersburg State University Russian Federation
=45 37 401–500 Bilkent University Turkey
=45 =46 401–500 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
=45 71 501–600 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
48 =39 401–500 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
49 =32 501–600 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India
50 57 501–600 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
=51 NR 501–600 Shandong University China
=51 =60 601–800 Taipei Medical University Taiwan
53 43 501–600 Renmin University of China China
=54 =39 401–500 Boğaziçi University Turkey
=54 =52 501–600 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan
56 =62 501–600 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India
57 27 501–600 ITMO University Russian Federation
=58 NR 601–800 Beihang University China
=58 =52 501–600 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
60 66 401–500 Kazan Federal University Russian Federation
=61 55 601–800 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil
=61 65 401–500 Semmelweis University Hungary
63 =32 501–600 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
64 51 601–800 Istanbul Technical University Turkey
65 67 501–600 Soochow University China
66 74 601–800 University of Pretoria South Africa
67 59 501–600 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Chile
=68 36 601–800 Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education Mexico
=68 =46 601–800 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
=70 35 601–800 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
=70 =85 501–600 South China University of Technology China
72 72 501–600 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
=73 =62 501–600 East China Normal University China
=73 =119 401–500 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
75 81 601–800 Beijing Institute of Technology China
76 76 501–600 Mahidol University Thailand
=77 94 501–600 Athens University of Economics and Business Greece
=77 73 601–800 East China University of Science and Technology China
=77 =91 601–800 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia
80 77 501–600 University of Ioannina Greece
81 =82 401–500 Xiamen University China
82 NR 501–600 Central China Normal University China
83 =96 501–600 Masaryk University Czech Republic
84 =91 601–800 Sichuan University China
=85 =82 601–800 Dalian University of Technology China
=85 128 401–500 Quaid-i-azam University Pakistan
=87 =78 601–800 China Agricultural University China
=87 =78 501–600 University of Warsaw Poland
=89 =123 501–600 Diego Portales University Chile
=89 80 601–800 Middle East Technical University Turkey
91 =68 601–800 University of the Andes, Colombia Colombia
=92 =89 501–600 Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) Brazil
=92 =141 601–800 University of Johannesburg South Africa
=92 =91 601–800 King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi Thailand
95 =68 501–600 Federico Santa María Technical University Chile
96 =100 601–800 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
97 70 501–600 Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece
98 NR 601–800 Federal University of Itajubá Brazil
=99 163 601–800 National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) Russian Federation
=99 140 601–800 Tezpur University India

Read more: See the full Emerging Economies Ranking 2018 here

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