QS started looking into the age of institutions when we took on a fascinating research project with the Australian Technology Network at the beginning of 2011. See this earlier post on the subject: – http://www.iu.qs.com/2011/02/07/influence-of-age-on-university-performance/
In September 2011, we added an age component to our QS Classifications enabling users to easily see some of the different characteristics of institutions featured in the rankings.
A natural step perhaps to produce a table of the strongest “young” institutions. This is not a new ranking, so much as a slice of our world rankings table using age <= 50 as a filter to put the spotlight on some of the rising stars.
Obviously, nothing is ever simple and the exact establishment date of some universities can be difficult to identify – we have marked cases where some form of institution existed prior to the establishment date and separately those that have undergone a merger or split more recently.
We fully expect a few institutions to come forward and let us know that they feel they ought to be included and have not been – we will evaluate each case carefully and make amendments as need be.
Unsurprisingly the results feature many Asian universities and, in just a few years, may feature many more as institutions in the UK and Australia begin to age beyond the scope of the table.
The results can be viewed here: QS Top 50 under 50