Best young universities 2018: 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

June 6 2018
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As part of the 2018 Young University RankingsTimes 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

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
2 3 Maastricht University Netherlands 1976
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
8 9 Paris-Sud University France 1971
9 12 Aalborg University Denmark 1974
10 NR University of Passau Germany 1978

Generation Y 

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. 

There are two new entries in the top 10, the University of Potsdam (seventh place) and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University (10th place). 

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

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
5 5 Aalto University Finland 2010
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

Full Young University Ranking 2018 subset results:
Generation X and Generation Y universities
Millennial universities


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