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Warwick named one of best ‘young’ universities in the world

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The University of Warwick has been named among the best ‘young’ universities in the world.

The annual Times Higher Education 100 under 50 guide – which ranks universities under 50 years old – places the university at 12th across the whole globe, up a place from last year.

Warwick is the UK’s second highest ranked centre for higher education behind Lancaster in 10th, and helps make up the UK’s total of 14 positions in the hotlist of the world’s most dynamic young universities.

The Times guide uses the same 13 performance indicators that underpin the prestigious World University Rankings, but adds its own methodology to “better capture the characteristics of young institutions”.

Peter Dunn, spokesman for the University of Warwick, said: “We are pleased to see the great many university league tables, including this one, that consistently rank Warwick highly, but one should always note the wide variation in how these tables are created and their differing results.

“For instance, the rival QS 50 under 50 table last ranked Warwick as third in the world and top in the UK.”

For the third year in a row, the Times ranking is headed by South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech), while its national rival, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), holds on to the third spot it gained last year.

Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne retains second position. A total of 29 countries and regions are represented in the 2014 guide, with the UK and Australia jointly have the most representatives with 14 each.

Only universities founded in 1964 or later are listed – this means several institutions have fallen out of the list because of their 1963 foundation date, including the University of York (seventh last year) and the University of East Anglia (16th).

Phil Baty, rankings editor for Times Higher Education, said: “The UK shares the accolade of being the best-represented nation with 14 institutions.

“Given that the country is globally renowned for its venerable universities this demonstrates the strength in depth of the UK system, showing that the 1960s generation are thriving on the world stage.

“But the ranking is being dominated by much younger and higher-placed institutions from strengthening economies. Competition is only going to intensify and the UK must work hard not to be left behind.”

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