Young University Rankings 2017: top 50 Generation X universities

Universities established between 1967 and 1985 are the top-performing institutions in the overall THE Young University Rankings this year

April 5, 2017
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Universities that were established between 1967 and 1985 have the most success in general in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, according to an analysis of the 2017 results.

Overall, 104 “Generation X” universities feature in the ranking of the top 200 universities that are aged 50 years or under. When looking at the leading institutions in this cohort (see top-50 list below), their average rank is 41st – a higher average rank than that achieved by the top “Generation Y” (1986-1999) and “Millennial” (2000-present) universities, suggesting that there is a correlation between age and overall performance.

The Generation X list is topped by Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, which is number one in the overall Young University Ranking.

In addition, half the universities in the overall top 10 were established between 1967 and 1985.

Australia and Germany have the most Generation X institutions in the table, with seven representatives each.

Meanwhile, eight Asian universities founded in this period feature, led by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) (fifth overall) and City University of Hong Kong (seventh overall).

The Generation X group has the highest median score for citation impact in the ranking, when compared with the Generation Y and Millennial groups, as well the cohort of institutions founded in the immediate aftermath of the Second World War.

However, the Generation X group is the worst performer when it comes to proportions of international staff and students. 


Top 50 Generation X universities 

Generation X 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

1

1

=30

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

1969

65.2

67.4

96.5

69.8

98.6

77.9

2

5

6

=89

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

South Korea

1971

64.3

64.1

78.5

100.0

34.3

67.2

3

6

4

94

Maastricht University

Netherlands

1976

43.7

64.6

84.4

85.7

96.0

67.1

4

7

20

119

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

1984

50.5

59.3

81.6

66.4

83.5

65.4

5

8

13

=135

Ulm University

Germany

1967

49.4

54.2

91.0

84.0

56.9

64.7

6

12

9

=121

Pierre and Marie Curie University

France

1971

57.3

31.0

86.2

38.2

71.4

58.6

7

16

16

=180

University of Dundee

United Kingdom

1967

32.0

42.3

92.3

43.8

79.1

57.0

8

18

12

163

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Spain

1968

43.1

42.0

86.7

39.9

52.3

56.5

9

19

=18

179

Paris-Sud University

France

1971

47.7

36.3

83.2

32.5

64.0

55.8

10

21

24

201-250

University of Texas at Dallas

United States

1969

33.2

43.1

90.4

43.3

53.1

55.1

11

22

23

251-300

Bielefeld University

Germany

1969

46.8

60.3

55.6

59.3

46.2

53.8

12

23

=31

201-250

Aalborg University

Denmark

1974

28.5

48.0

80.1

44.8

71.7

53.5

13

25

45

201-250

King Abdulaziz University

Saudi Arabia

1967

34.2

17.7

93.3

66.0

92.1

52.1

14

28

=28

201-250

Paris Descartes University

France

1971

28.4

42.7

84.6

38.6

51.7

51.6

15

29

35

251-300

Bayreuth University

Germany

1975

41.6

44.6

66.3

63.5

53.8

51.4

16

30

37

251-300

University of Wollongong

Australia

1975

35.9

45.0

64.1

49.2

87.0

51.3

17

31

25

201-250

Paris Diderot University – Paris 7

France

1970

32.5

26.7

91.8

32.9

65.7

51.1

18

33

22

251-300

Rush University

United States

1972

50.7

19.7

89.8

44.0

22.3

50.8

19

35

48

251-300

Griffith University

Australia

1971

27.5

39.3

74.8

41.3

82.3

49.7

20

=36

26

251-300

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sweden

1977

38.6

28.9

77.7

98.9

46.8

49.5

21

38

38

251-300

James Cook University

Australia

1970

27.3

30.2

84.2

43.2

74.1

49.2

22

41

49

301-350

University of Bremen

Germany

1971

45.0

37.9

61.7

47.0

50.4

48.4

23

43

50

251-300

Deakin University

Australia

1974

28.5

34.6

75.5

34.1

76.8

48.2

24

45

39

301-350

Technical University of Dortmund

Germany

1968

45.5

42.6

57.1

48.7

41.5

47.9

25

46

54

301-350

University of Stirling

United Kingdom

1967

28.4

35.4

69.6

33.7

75.1

46.5

26

=47

=59

301-350

George Mason University

United States

1972

34.4

33.2

73.4

33.4

38.7

46.0

27

51

351-400

University of Calabria

Italy

1972

19.3

38.0

84.2

33.4

31.1

45.6

28

54

=63

351-400

University of Eastern Finland

Finland

1969

31.5

29.0

74.5

35.6

48.0

45.0

29

=56

58

351-400

La Trobe University

Australia

1967

33.6

42.4

49.0

45.5

78.7

44.6

30

58

=66

301-350

University of Crete

Greece

1973

23.2

26.9

83.0

37.8

46.9

44.4

31

59

=43

401-500

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)

Taiwan

1974

37.5

57.8

38.5

70.1

32.3

44.3

32

60

47

301-350

Linköping University

Sweden

1975

29.9

18.8

79.6

41.7

62.1

44.2

33

62

=69

351-400

University of Kaiserslautern

Germany

1970

45.1

33.5

50.3

69.3

46.3

43.9

34

64

351-400

Toyota Technological Institute

Japan

1981

29.4

25.0

78.6

59.0

24.1

43.2

35

66

71

351-400

Autonomous University of Madrid

Spain

1968

36.1

33.5

57.4

35.8

51.6

42.9

36

67

=88

351-400

University of Macau

Macao

1981

27.9

32.1

53.3

46.3

98.8

42.5

=37

=68

82

401-500

Murdoch University

Australia

1973

23.2

34.1

57.3

42.8

90.7

42.3

=37

=68

401-500

University of Siegen

Germany

1972

29.3

35.1

60.8

40.7

50.1

42.3

=37

=68

=77

351-400

University of Texas at San Antonio

United States

1969

22.0

23.2

85.0

32.4

32.6

42.3

40

71

351-400

University of Salerno

Italy

1968

23.8

19.0

86.7

39.2

30.8

42.1

41

73

401-500

Hasselt University

Belgium

1973

28.8

31.0

61.6

49.7

55.2

41.8

42

=76

76

351-400

Bilkent University

Turkey

1984

27.7

25.4

68.3

39.7

51.9

41.3

43

=79

75

401-500

University of Tsukuba

Japan

1973

47.5

41.7

35.1

42.4

37.1

41.1

=44

=81

=83

401-500

University of Aveiro

Portugal

1973

39.8

37.3

44.5

41.5

46.5

41.0

=44

=81

=66

401-500

Verona University

Italy

1982

30.6

19.0

73.4

42.1

40.9

41.0

46

85

90

351-400

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1

France

1971

25.7

21.2

73.1

37.6

47.8

40.5

47

86

73

401-500

UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Norway

1968

27.9

22.0

64.3

36.9

67.3

40.2

48

89

401-500

Florida International University

United States

1972

32.9

28.7

57.7

35.2

35.3

39.3

49

90

101-150

401-500

Central Queensland University

Australia

1971

25.1

14.2

73.7

35.1

59.4

39.2

=50

=92

=69

351-400

Paris-Sorbonne University – Paris 4

France

1971

48.7

36.8

27.9

32.2

54.2

38.9

=50

=92

81

401-500

University of Rome II – Tor Vergata

Italy

1982

32.4

20.3

64.2

38.9

37.9

38.9

Note: ‘Generation X’ institutions are those founded between 1967 and 1985.

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