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East Asia producing best “young” universities: Times 100 Under 50 Rankings 2014

Which are the best young universities in the world according to Times Higher Education's 100 Under 50 rankings 2014? Read our full coverage below and find out.

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South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology has topped Times Higher Education’s world rankings for the best universities under 50 years old, for the third consecutive year.

The rankings – based on the same 13 indicators which decide Times’ annual World University rankings – saw Asian universities take 4 of the top 5 spots, keeping Switzerland’s École Polytechnique which placed second, company.  South Korea also took the third spot (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology) while Hong Kong and Singapore took the fourth and fifth spots (Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Nanyang Technological University, respectively) making it a superb year for Asian universities.

The continued dominance of Asian universities in these rankings gives an indication of what future editions of the esteemed Times University World rankings may look like. Many students use these rankings – published every October – when deciding where to study; so a shift in these may well see a dramatic change in where students apply to study around the world too.

That is not to say that Western institutions faltered completely this year. The UK and Australia have the most institutions in the top 100 than any other country, with 14 each. Meanwhile in contrast to their dominance in the World University rankings, the US has just 8 universities in the rankings, the highest-ranked being the University of California, Irvine (7th). Overall, 29 countries featured in the rankings.

Additionally, this was India's first time appearing in the Under 50 rankings, while the youngest university in the list is Austria's Medical University of Vienna which was founded just a decade ago.

The 13 performance indicators which the rankings are based on include staff-to-student ratio, citation impact and research income from industry/academic staff.

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Have you got your eye on a university? Take a look at where they placed in the rankings below:

The full Times 100 Under 50 2014 Rankings

2014 rank

Institution

Country/region

1

Pohang University of Science and Technology

South Korea

2

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Switzerland

3

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

South Korea

4

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Hong Kong

5

Nanyang Technological University

Singapore

6

Maastricht University

Netherlands

7

University of California, Irvine

US

8

Université Paris-Sud

France

9

Université Pierre et Marie Curie

France

10

Lancaster University

UK

11

University of California, Santa Cruz

US

12

University of Warwick

UK

13

University of Illinois at Chicago

US

13

Pompeu Fabra University

Spain

15

University of Texas at Dallas

US

16

Universität Ulm

Germany

17

City University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

17

Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7

France

19

University of Calgary

Canada

20

Universität Konstanz

Germany

21

University of Milan-Bicocca

Italy

22

University of Essex

UK

23

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Spain

24

Simon Fraser University

Canada

24

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Sweden

26

Université Montpellier 2

France

27

Sharif University of Technology

Iran

28

University of Newcastle

Australia

29

Brunel University

UK

30

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Hong Kong

31

Bilkent University

Turkey

31

Queensland University of Technology

Australia

33

University of Wollongong

Australia

34

University of Bath

UK

34

Macquarie University

Australia

36

Medical University of Vienna

Austria

37

University of Southern Denmark

Denmark

37

State University of Campinas

Brazil

39

Umeå University

Sweden

40

National Sun Yat-Sen University

Taiwan

41

Koç University

Turkey

42

Plymouth University

UK

42

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology

Taiwan

44

University of Tsukuba

Japan

44

University of Waikato

New Zealand

46

Linköping University

Sweden

47

University of Technology, Sydney

Australia

48

University of Crete

Greece

49

Universität Bayreuth

Germany

49

University of South Australia

Australia

51

Universität Bielefeld

Germany

52

Heriot-Watt University

UK

53

University of Eastern Finland

Finland

54

Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1

France

55

Aalborg University

Denmark

56

University of Stirling

UK

57

George Mason University

US

58

Autonomous University of Madrid

Spain

59

Deakin University

Australia

60

University of Hertfordshire

UK

60

Murdoch University

Australia

60

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Germany

63

University of Surrey

UK

64

University of Tromsø

Norway

65

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

US

66

University of Rovira i Virgili

Spain

67

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Germany

67

National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Republic of Ireland

69

Charles Darwin University

Australia

70

Johannes Kepler Universität Linz

Austria

71

King Abdulaziz University

Saudi Arabia

71

Loughborough University

UK

73

Florida International University

US

73

University of Guelph

Canada

75

University of Minho

Portugal

76

University of Vigo

Spain

77

Polytechnic University of Valencia

Spain

78

University of Strathclyde

UK

79

Aveiro University

Portugal

80

University of Kent

UK

81

Aston University

UK

82

Curtin University of Technology

Australia

82

Flinders University

Australia

84

Griffith University

Australia

84

Université du Québec à Montréal

Canada

86

Université Paris Dauphine

France

87

Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

India

87

New University of Lisbon

Portugal

87

University of Western Sydney

Australia

90

Massey University

New Zealand

91

University of Texas at San Antonio

US

92

Dublin City University

Republic of Ireland

92

Isfahan University of Technology

Iran

94

Dublin Institute of Technology

Republic of Ireland

95

Polytechnic University of Catalonia

Spain

96

Concordia University

Canada

96

National Yang-Ming University

Taiwan

98

Tampere University of Technology

Finland

99

Asia University, Taiwan

Taiwan

100

La Trobe University

Australia

100

University of Rome III

Italy

 

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