Five Taiwanese schools in top 100 young universities

FRESH PERSPECTIVE::The rankings set out to highlight relatively new universities that have joined the list of the world’s best institutions

Staff writer, with CNA, LONDON

Fri, Jun 21, 2013 - Page 3

Five Taiwanese schools have been included in the second Times Higher Education rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old, led by National Sun Yat-sen University.

The school was ranked in 37th place this year, down from last year’s 30th place.

The other four are the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology at 45th (up from 55th), National Chung Cheng University at 90th (entering the list for the first time), Yuan Ze University at 94th (down from 70th) and National Yang Ming University at 98th (down from 95th).

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education, said that although Taiwan is the Asian country with the highest number of institutions on the list, their rankings are not that high, with three near the bottom. This means the Taiwanese schools might be squeezed out of the top 100 if other countries strengthen their education investment and upgrade the quality of their higher education, Baty said.

Institutions from 28 countries and regions are featured on the list, headed for the second consecutive year by South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology.

Coming in second is Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, followed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in South Korea, the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of California, Irvine.

Rounding out the top 10 are Maastricht University in the Netherlands, the University of York in the UK, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University and France’s Universite Pierre et Marie Curie and Universite Paris-Sud.

The rankings are designed to highlight those universities that have joined the ranks of the world’s finest thanks to rapid development over a relatively short period. It also picks out those that have the greatest potential.

Performance was measured using 13 indicators in five main categories: research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income, which refers to a university’s ability to reinforce industry with innovation, inventions and consultancy.

Baty said the rankings provide a fresh perspective on the concept of the “elite university,” which some believe better reflects past glories and reputation built up over centuries than current academic excellence.