Best young universities 2017: Millennials, Generation X and Generation Y

To complement its ranking of the top universities under 50, Times Higher Education has produced three more tables looking at the performances of universities in particular age ranges

April 5 2017

View the full results of the Young University Rankings 2017

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

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
3 Maastricht University Netherlands 1976
4 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong 1984
5 Ulm University Germany 1967
6 Pierre and Marie Curie University France 1971
7 University of Dundee United Kingdom 1967
8 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain 1968
9 Paris-Sud University France 1971
10 University of Texas at Dallas United States 1969

Generation Y 

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

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
5 Aalto University Finland 2010
6 CentraleSupélec France 2015
7 University of Bordeaux France 2014
8 Aix-Marseille University France 2012
9 Grenoble Alpes University France 2016
10 Montpellier University France 2015

Full Young University Ranking 2017 subset results
Generation X universities
Generation Y universities
Millennial universities

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