The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 is a ranking of the top universities around the world that have been founded in the past fifty years. Higher education institutions are ranked by a number of indicators: research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity.
The motivation behind the 100 Under 50 rankings is to identify the academic institutions which are ‘rising stars’ – those which show great potential; the methodology puts less emphasis on the more subjective indicators such as ‘academic reputation’ which favours the more ancient institutions.
This year, South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology topped the list for the second year running. The University of York was the only UK university to feature in the top ten, rising from eight place to seventh.
Despite UK universities falling in the rankings since last year, 2013’s rankings still included eighteen UK universities (more than any other country), with Warwick, Lancaster and UEA all appearing in the top twenty.