The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 is a ranking of the top 100 universities under 50 years old. It provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential. The table employs the same 13 separate indicators as the World University Rankings, but the methodology has been carefully re-calibrated to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities, giving less weight to subjective indicators of academic reputation.

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THE 100 Under 50 universities 2012

Rank Institution Location Overall score
1 Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) Republic of Korea
71.8
2 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
66.2
3
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Hong Kong
63.0
4 University of California, Irvine United States
60.0
5 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Republic of Korea
58.6
6 Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
56.3
7 University of California, Santa Cruz United States
56.0
8 University of York United Kingdom
55.7
9 Lancaster University United Kingdom
53.6
10 University of East Anglia United Kingdom
51.0
11 University of Illinois at Chicago United States
48.7
12 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
48.5
13 University of Warwick United Kingdom
48.1
14 Universität Konstanz Germany
47.7
15 Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7 France
46.8
16 Nanyang Technological University Singapore
46.0
17
Pompeu Fabra University - Barcelona
Spain
45.7
18 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
45.5
19
Maastricht University
Netherlands
44.9
20 University of Essex United Kingdom
44.7
21 University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey United States
44.6
22 Universit├Ąt Ulm Germany
43.3
23 Umeå University Sweden
42.1
24 Autonomous University of Barcelona Spain
41.7
25 University of Milan-Bicocca Italy
41.1
26 Ruhr-Universität Bochum Germany
40.7
27 Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Sweden
40.6
28 University of Calgary Canada
40.4
29
The University of Texas at Dallas
United States
40.3
30 Simon Fraser University Canada
40.0
30 National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan
40.0
32
Bilkent University
Turkey
38.9
33
University of Wollongong
Australia
38.5
33 Macquarie University Australia
38.5
35
Brunel University London
United Kingdom
38.4
36 University of Southern Denmark Denmark
37.8
37 University of Bath United Kingdom
37.5
37 University of Trento Italy
37.5
39 University of Tsukuba Japan
37.1
40 Queensland University of Technology Australia
37.0
41 Johannes Kepler Universität Linz Austria
36.8
42 Universität Bielefeld Germany
36.5
43 UiT The Arctic University of Norway Norway
36.2
44 State University of Campinas Brazil
35.9
45
The University of Newcastle
Australia
35.8
46 Université Montpellier 2 France
35.4
46
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong
35.4
48 Charles Darwin University Australia
35.3
49 Autonomous University of Madrid Spain
34.9
50 University of Stirling United Kingdom
34.5
50
University of Guelph
Canada
34.5
50 University of Crete Greece
34.5
53 The University of Texas at San Antonio United States
34.4
54 University of Eastern Finland Finland
34.3
55
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taiwan
33.5
56 University of Surrey United Kingdom
33.4
57 George Mason University United States
33.0
58 University of Waikato New Zealand
32.4
59 Linköping University Sweden
32.3
60
Plymouth University
United Kingdom
32.2
61 Keele University United Kingdom
31.9
62 University of Hertfordshire United Kingdom
31.1
63 University of Maryland, Baltimore County United States
30.8
64 National University of Ireland, Maynooth Republic of Ireland
30.1
65
University of South Australia
Australia
29.9
66 Aveiro University Portugal
29.8
67 Aalborg University Denmark
29.7
68 Sharif University of Technology Iran
29.2
69 Loughborough University United Kingdom
27.9
70 Yuan Ze University Taiwan
27.8
71 University of Strathclyde United Kingdom
27.7
72 Heriot-Watt University United Kingdom
27.6
72 Liverpool John Moores University United Kingdom
27.6
74 Polytechnic University of Valencia Spain
27.1
75 Curtin University Australia
26.6
75 Université Paris 13 France
26.6
77 Massey University New Zealand
26.4
78
Deakin University
Australia
26.1
78 Flinders University Australia
26.1
80 University of Kent United Kingdom
25.9
81 Griffith University Australia
25.1
81 La Trobe University Australia
25.1
83 Aston University United Kingdom
24.9
84 Florida International University United States
24.7
85 New University of Lisbon Portugal
24.6
86 Dublin City University Ireland
23.9
86 Polytechnic University of Catalonia Spain
23.9
88
University of Technology, Sydney
Australia
23.4
89 Feng Chia University Taiwan
23.3
90 City University London United Kingdom
22.9
91 Concordia University Canada
22.6
92 University of Bradford United Kingdom
22.4
93 RMIT University Australia
22.1
94 King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals Saudi Arabia
21.8
95 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
21.7
96 Mansoura University Egypt
21.0
97 University of Limerick Ireland
20.3
98 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Malaysia
20.0
99 UNESP - Universidade Estadual Paulista Brazil
19.9
100 Edith Cowan University Australia
19.8

Editor's note:

The University of Victoria
Those institutions listed in the THE 100 Under 50 2012 must have a foundation date no earlier than 1962 (see methodology). Some human judgment is required in order to determine a foundation date in cases, for example, where universities have been developed from older institutions. Although it has origins in a 1903 institution, the University of Victoria, Canada, has pointed out to us that it was granted independent university status in 1963, and should have qualified for inclusion in the table. Times Higher Education and Thomson Reuters accept this. Had Victoria been included, we can confirm it would have been ranked in 11th place. We apologise for the omission.