The QS World University Ranking of Top 50 Universities under 50 years old

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.

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Under 50 RankWorld RankInstitution NameCountry/ TerritoryEst. Year
133The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)HK1991
247Nanyang Technological University (NTU)SG1991†
358The University of WarwickGB1964
463KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science and TechnologyKR1971
595=City University of Hong KongHK1984
697Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH)KR1986
7107Maastricht UniversityNL1976
8155University of California, Irvine (UCI)US1965
9159The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHK1994†
10163Lancaster UniversityGB1964
11176Universitat Autónoma de BarcelonaES1968
12178University of BathGB1966
13196University of AntwerpBE1971*†
14203University of TsukubaJP1973†
15206Universidad Autónoma de MadridES1968
16214University of CalgaryCA1966†
17228Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Unicamp)BR1966
18233Macquarie UniversityAU1964
19242Loughborough UniversityGB1966†
20246RMIT UniversityAU1992†
21251Universität UlmDE1967
22258Curtin UniversityAU1987
23261Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM)MY1970
24264University of WollongongAU1975†
25266Universitat Pompeu FabraES1990
26268University of NewcastleAU1965
27271=Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)HK1994†
28279Universität KonstanzDE1966
29281Queensland University of Technology (QUT)AU1990†
30282Simon Fraser UniversityCA1965
31284University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)AU1988
32285National Yang Ming UniversityTW1975
33293University of South Australia (UniSA)AU1991
34297Umeå UniversitySE1965
35302University of Eastern FinlandFI1972*†
36304University of TromsoNO1968
37311University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC)US1965
38318University of Southern DenmarkDK1966*†
39321University of EssexGB1964
40324=Dublin City University (DCU)IE1989†
41327=Universidad AustralAR1991
42331Brunel UniversityGB1966
43334King Abdul Aziz University (KAU)SA1967
44336Universitá degli Studi di Roma – Tor VergataIT1982
45340Linköping UniversitySE1969
46342Flinders UniversityAU1966
47343Universidad Carlos III de MadridES1989
48344Université Paris DauphineFR1968
49345Aston UniversityGB1966†
50346=Universität BremenDE1971

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