Asian universities dominate the top of the list, making up five of the top six places andQS 50-under-50 an indication of how the balance is changing across the globe.

Warwick, in third place, breaks up the Asian domination. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) is the only Malaysian university in the ranking at number 23.

International employment and education consultants QS, analysed data for the ‘young’ universities including their academic record and their reputation with firms and students.

Top of the overall list is the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology followed by

Hong Kong PolyU is a top business school
Hong Kong PolyU is a top business school

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University with Warwick in third. Hong Kong Polytechnic University where EduSpiral Consultant Services is an official representative, is ranked at 9th placing.

Two more technology centres in Korea and one in Japan are also in the top ten, showing where the balance of power is heading, said QS experts.

Lancaster University is tenth in the list and only one American centre, The University of California, Irvine (UCI) makes the top 20.

Australia, with nine, is the only single country with more establishments in the 50 than Britain’s impressive standing.

Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit, said: ‘Asian higher education is

Hong Kong PolyU campus
Hong Kong PolyU campus

undergoing a rapid transformation, and Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Korea are at the forefront of the assault on the global academic elite.

‘There are already 17 per cent more Asian universities in the Top 200 of the QS World University Rankings since the recession, and the next two decades could see leading US and European universities objectively overtaken.’

Europe still holds its own in the list, with 24 of the 50 but there are just four from North America.

And new universities also hold their own against their more established rivals as all 50 institutions are also in the global top 350 of all universities compiled by QS.

Under 50 Rank World Rank Institution Name Country/ Territory Est. Year
33 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) HK 1991
47 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) SG 1991†
58 The University of Warwick GB 1964
63 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology KR 1971
95= City University of Hong Kong HK 1984
97 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) KR 1986
107 Maastricht University NL 1976
155 University of California, Irvine (UCI) US 1965
159 The Hong Kong Polytechnic University HK 1994†
163 Lancaster University GB 1964
176 Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona ES 1968
178 University of Bath GB 1966
196 University of Antwerp BE 1971*†
203 University of Tsukuba JP 1973†
206 Universidad Autónoma de Madrid ES 1968
214 University of Calgary CA 1966†
228 Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp) BR 1966
233 Macquarie University AU 1964
242 Loughborough University GB 1966†
246 RMIT University AU 1992†
251 Universität Ulm DE 1967
258 Curtin University AU 1987
261 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) MY 1970
264 University of Wollongong AU 1975†
266 Universitat Pompeu Fabra ES 1990
268 University of Newcastle AU 1965
271= Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) HK 1994†
279 Universität Konstanz DE 1966
281 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) AU 1990†
282 Simon Fraser University CA 1965
284 University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) AU 1988
285 National Yang Ming University TW 1975
293 University of South Australia (UniSA) AU 1991
297 Umeå University SE 1965
302 University of Eastern Finland FI 1972*†
304 University of Tromso NO 1968
311 University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) US 1965
318 University of Southern Denmark DK 1966*†
321 University of Essex GB 1964
324= Dublin City University (DCU) IE 1989†
327= Universidad Austral AR 1991
331 Brunel University GB 1966
334 King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) SA 1967
336 Universitá degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata IT 1982
340 Linköping University SE 1969
342 Flinders University AU 1966
343 Universidad Carlos III de Madrid ES 1989
344 Université Paris Dauphine FR 1968
345 Aston University GB 1966†
346= Universität Bremen DE 1971

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