THE Young University Rankings 2020: born to serve

Created with a civic ethos, young universities across the world are fulfilling their missions with aplomb, says Ellie Bothwell?

June 24, 2020
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“Young universities are so important. We are agile enough to meet our constituencies where they are; in the community, in urban settings and in the world, rather [than] observing from an ivory tower or from behind a?wall.”

These words from Judy Genshaft, then president of the University of South Florida system, at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit in 2018,?sum up?what our Young University Rankings are all about. They are an annual chance to celebrate the new, innovative institutions that may not have the levels of funding or prestige that their older peers enjoy, but have a vast array of other benefits – agility being one.

Some of these advantages of youth are detailed in our analysis, which explores whether young universities are more focused than their ancient counterparts on civic engagement. The answer, according to several leaders of young universities, is an emphatic “yes”.

“Being young helps. It allows [you] to start from scratch, and maybe develop more sensitivity about social issues,” says Josep Lluís Martí, vice-rector for innovation projects at Pompeu Fabra University.

As well as our main table showcasing universities that are aged 50 and under, we again publish lists of the best “Golden Age” institutions (those founded between 1945 and 1967) and “Millennial” institutions (those founded from 2000).

The top university in each ranking is based in a different continent, reflecting the different eras of higher education expansion across the globe. The Golden Age list is headed by the University of California, San Diego in the US; the Under?50 by Asia’s Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; and the Millennial by Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris in Europe.

As Ian Jacobs, president and vice-chancellor of UNSW Sydney, one of the top Golden Age institutions, reflects, universities’ drive and success cannot help but be bound up with the social, political and economic context of when they were founded. ?

UNSW, which was established in 1949, “is a product of the era in which our university was born, a time that demanded us to be practical, responsive, inclusive and unwilling to compromise on excellence”, Jacobs writes.

This will no doubt chime with many of the other young universities in our rankings.


Countries/regions represented in the Young University Rankings 2020

Country/region

Number of institutions

Top institution

Rank

United Kingdom

36

Brighton and Sussex Medical School

44

Spain

27

Pompeu Fabra University

10

France

26

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris

3

India

26

Indian Institute of Technology Ropar

=62

Turkey

23

Sabanc? University

69

Australia

22

Queensland University of Technology

14

Iran

20

Babol Noshirvani University of Technology

74

Taiwan

16

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech)

=95

Egypt

14

Aswan University

101-150

?

?

Mansoura University

101-150

?

?

Suez Canal University

101-150

Japan

14

University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan

79

Italy

13

Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies – Pisa

4

Malaysia

11

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

101-150

?

?

Universiti Teknologi Petronas

101-150

?

?

Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

101-150

Brazil

10

S?o Paulo State University (UNESP)

201-250

Germany

10

University of Duisburg-Essen

16

Chile

9

Diego Portales University

=99

Pakistan

8

COMSATS University Islamabad

151-200

Portugal

8

NOVA University of Lisbon

101-150

South Korea

8

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)

5

Algeria

7

Ferhat Abbas Sétif University 1

151-200

China

6

Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech)

=47

Tunisia

6

University of Sfax

251-300

Czech Republic

5

University of South Bohemia in Cˇeské Budeˇjovice

201-250

Austria

4

Medical University of Graz

24

Greece

4

University of Crete

=76

Hong Kong

4

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

1

Jordan

4

Jordan University of Science and Technology

85

Morocco

4

Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University

201-250

Republic of?Ireland

4

Maynooth University

43

Saudi Arabia

4

Alfaisal University

=31

South Africa

4

University of KwaZulu-Natal

71

Sweden

4

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

45

United Arab Emirates

4

Khalifa University

=47

United States

4

George Mason University

39

Canada

3

Concordia University

101-150

Thailand

3

Mae Fah Luang University

151-200

Belgium

2

University of Antwerp

13

Cyprus

2

Cyprus University of Technology

=57

Denmark

2

Aalborg University

23

Finland

2

Aalto University

20

Israel

2

University of Haifa

101-150

Macao

2

Macau University of Science and Technology

38

Poland

2

SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities

301-350

Russian Federation

2

Higher School of Economics

41

Note: excludes countries with only one ranked institution


ellie.bothwell@timeshighereducation.com

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