As part of the 2018 Young University Rankings, Times Higher Education has created three subset rankings: Generation X (universities that were established between 1968 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 the 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 THE World University Rankings, although the weightings were recalibrated to reflect the missions of young universities. The full methodology can be viewed here.
Below are the top 10 universities in each of the three subsets.
Generation X universities are defined as those established between 1968 and 1985.
Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne tops the Generation X ranking, maintaining it’s first-place position from last year. There are also two new entries in the top 10, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (fifth place) and the University of Passau (10th place), neither of which were ranked last year. The top 10 includes universities from across Europe, Asia and the US.
|Gen X Rank 2018||Gen X Rank 2017||University||Country/region||Foundation year|
|1||1||École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne||Switzerland||1969|
|3||2||Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)||South Korea||1971|
|4||4||City University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong||1984|
|5||NR||University of Alabama at Birmingham||United States||1969|
|6||8||Autonomous University of Barcelona||Spain||1968|
|7||6||Pierre and Marie Curie University||France||1971|
|10||NR||University of Passau||Germany||1978|
The Generation Y universities were set up between 1986 and 1999. Overall, 17 Asian universities feature in the full Gen Y list (scroll down for the link to the complete results) including universities in India, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Pakistan. The top three positions are claimed by Asian universities in Hong Kong, Singapore and South Korea.
|Gen Y Rank 2018||Gen Y Rank 2017||University||Country/region||Foundation year|
|1||1||Hong Kong University of Science and Technology||Hong Kong||1991|
|2||2||Nanyang Technological University||Singapore||1991|
|3||3||Pohang University of Science and Technology||South Korea||1986|
|4||4||Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna||Italy||1987|
|5||6||Pompeu Fabra University||Spain||1990|
|6||5||University of Technology, Sydney||Australia||1988|
|7||NR||University of Potsdam||Germany||1991|
|8||7||Hong Kong Polytechnic University||Hong Kong||1994|
|9||8||Queensland University of Technology||Australia||1989|
|10||NR||Vita-Salute San Raffaele University||Italy||1996|
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 nine universities in the ranking. Scroll down for a link to the full results.
Paris Science & Lettres – PSL University, a collegiate university in France made up of nine different institutions, tops the Millennial subset.
|Millenial Rank 2018||Millenial Rank 2017||University||Country/region||Foundation year|
|1||NR||Paris Sciences & Lettres – PSL University||France||2010|
|2||2||University of Luxembourg||Luxembourg||2003|
|3||3||University of Antwerp||Belgium||2003|
|4||3||University of Duisburg-Essen||Germany||2003|
|6||NR||Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology||South Korea||2009|
|7||NR||Medical University of Vienna||Austria||2004|
|8||NR||Medical University of Graz||Austria||2004|
|9||NR||Charles Darwin University||Australia||2003|
|10||9||Grenoble Alpes University||France||2016|