The Times Higher Education 200 Universities Under 50 Rankings 2017 will be launched on 5 April.
The sixth annual list of the world’s best young universities will be published at 14:01 (BST) on 5 April (00.01 Sydney time on 6 April) during the THE Young Universities Summit at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
For the first time, THE will provide a deeper, more comprehensive analysis, comprising new tables focusing on different generations of institutions. This will include what THE is calling the “Golden Age” universities, founded between the years of 1945 and 1966.
Summit delegates will be given exclusive access to the rankings results several hours before the global release time.
The ranking of the top universities under 50 years old will include 200 institutions, up from 150 last year. It uses the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship THE World University Rankings but these are recalibrated to give less weight to reputation.
The fourth THE Young Universities Summit, which will be held between 5 and 7 April 2017 and hear from university vice-chancellors, scholars, government officials and industry figures, will be on the theme “Disruptive, dynamic, distinctive: young universities rising to the challenges of tomorrow”.
Martin Paul, president of Maastricht University, will deliver a keynote speech on new models of collaboration for universities, while Daniela Rus, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, will explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), design and creativity.
There will also be keynote speeches from Maria Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College, and Timothy W. Tong, president of Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Meanwhile, Jane den Hollander, vice-chancellor and president of Deakin University; Wolfram Ressel, rector of the University of Stuttgart; and Lee Sing Kong, vice-president (alumni and advancement) at Nanyang Technological University, will discuss old and new partnerships as part of a panel debate, and Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University, and Greg Stone, head of digital services, Australasia at Arup, will explore new models of university-business collaboration.
Anne Kelso, chief executive officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council Australia, and Terry Speed, bioinformatics laboratory head at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, will debate diversity in leadership.
The event will include a drinks reception and gala dinner at Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) and a masterclass on the 200 Universities Under 50 Rankings 2017 results with THE rankings editor Phil Baty and data and analytics director Duncan Ross.