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UK lead pack in Times Under 50 Rankings 2013

rankings for universities under 50 years old

UK Higher Education has something to celebrate following a month of less-than-exuberant news, having claimed more spots than any other nation in this year’s Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 List.

At a time when tight immigration controls have seen a drop in international student numbers in the last year, UK universities are more than well represented in these rankings of universities which are less than fifty years old – this year, they claim almost a fifth of the one hundred spots available with eighteen entries overall. Out of these, the University of York is the highest ranking in seventh place, with the University of Warwick hot on its heels at thirteenth.

The list – in its second year – ranks young universities according to the same performance indicators as the esteemed and long-running THE World University Rankings, though modernity is considered more so here. Overall, twenty-eight countries or regions made the top one hundred, with eight different countries making up the top ten (this year the Netherlands and Singapore were among those who cracked the top ten).

South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) retains the top spot overall from last year. Australia and the US just trail the UK in terms of the number of universities listed, with thirteen and eight respectively.

In an interview with Hotcourses International, Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education, praised those UK institutions for their ‘incredible strength in depth’. He added that in addition to those universities with deep historical ties, ‘we have a generation of 1960s institutions which have very quickly established themselves as clear global players’. Baty referred to the perception of the nation as a study destination following tighter immigration controls, as a ‘serious concern’.

Read Phil Baty's full comments, including his thoughts on the future of the rankings.

Read the full Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 list.


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