Young University Rankings 2017: Millennial universities

A series of mergers have helped French universities to dominate a new table of universities founded in the 21st century

April 5, 2017
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France has the most world-leading universities that were founded in the 21st century, according to an analysis of the 2017 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings.

Seven Gallic institutions founded from 2000 to the present make the new table of the 200 best universities aged 50 years or under – more than any other nation.

France’s success in the “Millennials” group is due to a series of mergers that took place in the past five years, following the demerging of institutions in the 1970s. Two French ComUE – associations of universities and higher education institutions – also make the table, following new laws that came into effect in 2015.

Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which was also created from a merger of two institutions in 2009, is the leading Millennial university in the table, ranked joint ninth overall, followed by the University of Luxembourg at 11th.

Institutions in Belgium, Finland, Cyprus, Japan, New Zealand, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Brazil, South Africa and the UK are also home to some of the youngest universities in the world.

While the Millennial universities generally have low levels of income and research productivity compared with their older counterparts, they are the strongest age group when it comes to producing internationally co-authored research, when compared with “Generation X” (1967-1985) and “Generation Y” (1986-1999) universities, as well the cohort of institutions founded in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.

They also outperform every other group bar Generation X on citation impact.


 Millennial universities

Millennials Rank

2017 Young University Rank

2016 Young University Rank

World University Rank 2016-17

Institution

Country

Year founded

Teaching

Research

Citations

Industry income

International outlook

Overall score

1

=9

8

=144

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Germany

2009

47.8

52.3

76.4

98.3

59.5

59.9

2

11

14

178

University of Luxembourg

Luxembourg

2003

38.9

43.5

85.8

40.6

99.9

58.9

=3

=13

11

201-250

University of Antwerp

Belgium

2003

42.8

55.4

73.0

54.6

64.9

57.6

=3

=13

17

197

University of Duisburg-Essen

Germany

2003

44.1

41.2

87.5

77.8

50.6

57.6

5

27

=28

201-250

Aalto University

Finland

2010

40.3

35.7

75.0

52.5

69.6

51.8

6

40

201-250

CentraleSupélec

France

2015

41.4

17.3

78.1

56.4

84.0

48.8

7

=47

=55

301-350

University of Bordeaux

France

2014

36.1

24.2

76.6

34.6

54.4

46.0

8

50

40

301-350

Aix-Marseille University

France

2012

41.2

24.5

69.5

35.1

57.2

45.7

9

=52

301-350

Grenoble Alpes University

France

2016

32.3

28.5

71.7

34.3

60.0

45.1

10

63

=63

351-400

Montpellier University

France

2015

40.8

22.4

64.6

35.9

57.7

43.6

11

72

301-350

Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées

France

2014

33.2

25.2

62.4

36.2

62.8

41.9

12

88

401-500

Cyprus University of Technology

Cyprus

2004

22.7

19.5

70.3

34.0

67.0

39.7

13

100

=92

401-500

Tokyo Metropolitan University

Japan

2005

28.4

18.4

68.5

34.0

21.4

37.1

=14

101-150

101-150

501-600

Auckland University of Technology

New Zealand

2000

22.2

17.4

45.9

33.9

94.8

28.5-37.0

=14

101-150

501-600

Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)

France

2015

27.5

16.5

56.6

34.5

51.6

28.5-37.0

=14

101-150

501-600

Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research

United Arab Emirates

2008

33.0

18.0

43.2

45.8

93.3

28.5-37.0

=14

101-150

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

Malaysia

2002

17.7

11.5

56.7

32.9

33.2

28.5-37.0

=18

151-200

601-800

Alfaisal University

Saudi Arabia

2002

22.3

10.8

32.2

37.4

96.0

21.9-28.4

=18

151-200

601-800

Asia University, Taiwan

Taiwan

2001

17.1

26.7

24.1

45.1

19.6

21.9-28.4

=18

151-200

601-800

Federal University of ABC (UFABC)

Brazil

2006

19.5

19.2

33.4

36.4

31.9

21.9-28.4

=18

151-200

601-800

University of Johannesburg

South Africa

2005

21.4

26.4

23.5

37.4

43.2

21.9-28.4

=18

151-200

601-800

London Metropolitan University

United Kingdom

2002

20.7

16.6

19.4

32.6

82.0

21.9-28.4

=18

151-200

601-800

University of the West of Scotland

United Kingdom

2007

18.3

14.9

40.0

32.3

56.7

21.9-28.4

Note: ‘Millennials’ are those institutions that have been founded since the turn of the century, from 2000 to today.

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