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The world’s top young universities

March 1, 2022

Young universities are thriving, providing excellent education and research. The Times High Education’s latest ranking of institutions less than 50 years old includes some new entries, led by Africa, Oceania and Asia.

The 2022 list includes 539 universities, up from 475 in 2021. The universities were judged across all their core missions – teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook – to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons available. Overall, 74 territories feature in the table, up from 68 last year.

Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris is the world’s best young university for the first time this year, with last year’s frontrunner Nanyang Technological University, Singapore dropping to second.

Hong Kong has three institutions in the top 10, more than any other territory, while France is the most represented country in the top 20, with five institutions in this group.

Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands is the highest new entry in the ranking, in fourth place.

India and Turkey overtake the UK to become the most represented countries overall, with 40 institutions each. The UK shares third place with Iran (both have 37 universities).

Top 10 Young Universities:

  1. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University – France
  1. Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
  1. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Hong Kong
  1. Erasmus University Rotterdam – Netherlands
  1. Hong Kong Polytechnic University – Hong Kong
  1. Institut Polytechnique de Paris – France
  1. University of Antwerp – Belgium
  1. University of Technology Sydney – Australia
  1. Maastricht University – Netherlands
  1. City University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong