For the third year in a row, Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) tops the list of leading 200 institutions under 50 years, compiled by Times Higher Education (THE). The same indicators as in the overall World University Ranking by THE are applied, except for the academic reputation, which is weighed slightly less strongly. The ranking shows, that young universities outperform other universities in terms of international students ratio and international research publications – the ones founded after 2000 being strong at internationally co-authored research, the ones founded between 1986 and 1999 at attracting international students.
EPFL, founded in its present form in 1969 is the only Swiss university in the ranking, followed by universities from Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and then European countries. The UK is the most-represented country in the list. Among the five Japanese universities in the ranking, the Toyota Technological Institute scored highest at rank 64, followed by the University of Tsukuba at 79 and the Tokyo Metropolitan University at rank 100.