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5 young Taiwan universities ranked among world's top 150

by April 7, 2016 General

April 8, 2016, 12:01 am TWN

LONDON — Five institutions in Taiwan have been included this year in the Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 150 universities under 50 years old.

The five schools are National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (43rd), National Yang-Ming University (96th) and Chang Gung University, National Sun Yat-sen University and Yuan Ze University, which were listed in the 101-150 band.

Their listing gives Taiwan the distinction of having the most world-class young institutions in the top 150 list among all Asian countries.

Despite its comparatively high number of listings, however, Taiwan did not have many schools high up on the list, said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings.

In comparison, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea all had listings in the top 10, Baty said, adding that Taiwan needs to invest more in higher education.

Although 50 years is young in university years, “half of the universities in the top 10 are 30 years or under — from nations investing heavily in creating world-class institutions, for example, Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore,” he said.

Among the 39 countries and regions featured on the list, the United Kingdom had the most world-class young institutions in the top 150 with 25, followed by Australia with 19.

“As the pendulum swings, the traditionally dominant UK and U.S. will have to raise their games to continue to compete in future years, Baty said.

Universities are ranked according to five different measures, including research, teaching, knowledge transfer and international activity.

Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, founded in 1969, took the top spot for the second year running, with East Asian institutions filling out the top five.

In second place was Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), founded 25 years ago, making it to the top of the rankings in Asia for the first time.

The others in the top five were Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, the Netherlands’ Maastricht University and South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Rounding out the top 10 were Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST); University of Konstanz and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, both in Germany; France’s Pierre and Marie Curie University; and Italy’s Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.