As part of the 2017 Young University Rankings, Times Higher Education has created three subset rankings: Generation X (universities that were established between 1967 and 1985), Generation Y (established between 1986 and 1999) and Millennials (established between 2000 and the present day).
Each of these subsets were filtered from Times Higher Education’s Young University Rankings, breaking down how universities fared across the three different age groups. These results were determined through the same methodology used for the World University Rankings, although the weightings were recalibrated to reflect the mission of young universities. The full methodology can be viewed here.
See below for the Top 10 universities in each of the three subsets.
Generation X universities are defined as those established between 1967 and 1985. According to the analysis by THE, the universities in this subset generally performed well across the entire Young University Rankings, and had more representatives on that list than either of the other two subsets.
Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne tops the Generation X ranking (as well as the overall Young University Rankings). The top 10 includes universities from across the globe, in Europe, Asia and the US.
|Gen X rank||Institution||Country||Year Founded|
|1||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland||1969|
|2||Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)||South Korea||1971|
|4||City University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong||1984|
|6||Pierre and Marie Curie University||France||1971|
|7||University of Dundee||United Kingdom||1967|
|8||Autonomous University of Barcelona||Spain||1968|
|10||University of Texas at Dallas||United States||1969|
The Generation Y universities were all set up between 1986 and 1999. Overall, 20 Asian universities make the top 50 list (scroll down for the link to full results), including universities in India, Taiwan, Pakistan, Thailand and Turkey. The top three positions lead the Asian representation with universities from Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
Generation Y universities did not perform as well in teaching and research in comparison with the universities in Generation X. However, where Generation Y excelled was in “internationalisation”, which looks at (among other things) the proportion of international students studying at the institution.
|Gen Y rank||Institution||Country||Year Founded|
|1||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong||1991|
|2||Nanyang Technological University||Singapore||1991|
|3||Pohang University of Science and Technology||South Korea||1986|
|4||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna||Italy||1987|
|5||University of Technology Sydney||Australia||1988|
|6||Pompeu Fabra University||Spain||1990|
|7||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Hong Kong||1994|
|8||Queensland University of Technology||Australia||1989|
|9||Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology||South Korea||1993|
|10||University of South Australia||Australia||1991|
Millennial universities are the youngest of the bunch, set up since the turn of the century, from 2000 until the present day. France has the highest number of universities in this list of schools established in the 21st century, with seven universities occupying places in the ranking. Scroll down for a link to the full results.
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany tops the Millennial subset, which was formed as a merger of two institutions in 2009. Millennial universities generally performed well in producing international research.
|Millennials rank||Institution||Country||Year Founded|
|1||Karlsruhe Institute of Technology||Germany||2009|
|2||University of Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2003|
|=3||University of Antwerp||Belgium||2003|
|=3||University of Duisburg-Essen||Germany||2003|
|7||University of Bordeaux||France||2014|
|9||Grenoble Alpes University||France||2016|