Young universities quick to succeed and can have global impact.

‘The UK dominates the latest Times Higher Education rankings of young universities, with Dundee featuring in the top 20.

Twenty-five establishments in Great Britain and Northern Ireland feature among 150 listed in the rankings of universities under 50 years old.

Swiss University Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, founded in 1969 is listed as number one, followed by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to complete the top three.

The University of Dundee, which was founded in 1967, leads the UK's representation, in 16th place.’ – Doncaster Free Press

‘Although 50 years is young in university years – the average university in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16 is 213 years old – in today’s climate it is long enough to achieve success, says Luc Soete, rector magnificus at Maastricht University.

Thanks to advances in technology and the open science movement, younger universities are able to thrive in a way today that would not have been possible 100 years ago, says the head of the 40-year-old institution.

“What is so striking is that if you look at rankings of big firms, many of the top companies are newcomers – Google, Apple, Facebook,” he says. “Why is this not so much the case for universities? [Many rankings] still include the same players that were around 100 years ago.”’ – Times Higher Education

‘Speaking at the Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, David Sweeney, director for research, education and knowledge exchange at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, said that some in the sector were still hanging on to the belief that former polytechnics served only their local communities, with older universities taking on the more prestigious role of producing nationally and internationally significant research.

But an analysis conducted by Hefce of impact case studies submitted for the 2014 research excellence framework showed that this perception was outdated and plain wrong, Mr Sweeney said.’ – Times Higher Education, later piece 

 

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