The Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings for 2016 have been published, with Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne topping the poll for the second year in a row, despite competition from East Asian universities including from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) which came in second.
Talking to THE, Bertil Andersson, NTU president, cited the institution’s continued ability to attract top established and young researchers; innovative approaches to teaching, with a goal of designing half of degree courses for “flipped classroom learning” within the next five years; and “good blend of East and West” as reasons for its rapid success.
“Teaching in English makes it easy for NTU to attract international faculty or to collaborate with many other world-class universities as English is a common platform for us,” he said.
He added that many other Asian universities are also highly driven towards academic excellence and research, as demonstrated in this ranking, and if this trend continues “Asia could well become a major driving force for the world’s knowledge production and innovation by 2050”.
The UK also fared well this year with the most institutions in the top 150, 25 in total. Whilst Australia has the largest number in the top 100, 16 in total.
1. Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
2. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
3. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
4. Netherlands’ Maastricht University
5. South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology
6. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
7. University of Konstanz (Germany)
8. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany)
9. Pierre and Marie Curie University (France)
10. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Italy)
The University of Dundee is the first UK University in the list, popping up in 16th place.
The list is compiled using the same 13 performance indicators as the THE World University Rankings, but with less weight given to reputation. You can view the full list and individual university stats at https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/2016/one-hundred-fifty-under-fifty