New QS Rankings Point to Next Generation of Elite Universities
LONDON, May 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Results on http://www.topuniversities.com
The rapid rise of a new generation of elite institutions is showcased in a new ranking
of the world’s leading universities under the age of 50.
Asia claims a remarkable six of the top ten universities in the QS Top 50 Under 50
ranking, with CUHK and HKUST beating the UK’s Warwick University to the top spots.
23 countries are represented, led by Australia with ten institutions, followed by the
UK with eight.
QS Top 50 Under 50 2011 World University Under 50 Rankings Establishment Institution Country Year The Chinese University of Hong Kong 1 37 (CUHK) HK 1963 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 2 40 (HKUST) HK 1991 The University 3 50 of Warwick GB 1964 Nanyang Technological University 4 58 (NTU) SG 1991 KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and 5 90 Technology KR 1971 University of 6 96 York GB 1963 Pohang University of Science and Technology 7 98 (POSTECH) KR 1986 Maastricht 8 109 University NL 1976 City University of 9 110 Hong Kong HK 1984 University of California, 10 148 Irvine (UCI) US 1965
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Four of the top seven are Asian scientific institutions, with Singapore’s Nanyang
Technological University outranking Western universities such as University of York and
University of California, Irvine despite having been in existence for just 21 years.
“New science-based institutions have been established to drive innovation and growth
in booming economies such as Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore,” says Ben Sowter, head of the
QS Intelligence Unit. “Their superior performance compared to Western universities
established within the same time frame is testament to Asia’s dynamism.”
QS Top 50 Under 50 has been published alongside the annual QS University Rankings:
Asia to demonstrate the dramatic effects of Asian expenditure on international higher
The prominence of younger Asian institutions has been put down to a boom in scientific
research. As the West tightens its belt following the recession, continued growth in
countries such as China, Korea and Singapore has facilitated ambitious investment
Universities in Singapore and Korea have benefited from multi-billion dollar
investment programs, while China doubled its main scientific research budget between 2009
While Asia takes the top spots, in terms of its number of leading young institutions
it is Australia that dominates, reflecting its economic position at the crossroad between
East and West. North America is represented by just one US university and three from
In continental Europe, Germany and Spain both see three of their young universities
each in this table, with Scandinavia, France, Belgium and The Netherlands also
contributing at least one institution. Only one Brazilian university represents Latin
American, while the Middle East contingent comprises one university apiece from Saudi
Arabia and UAE.
Full results of QS Top 50 Under 50 are available on http://www.topuniversities.com
SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds