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World's top under-50 universities: IIT-Guwahati ranked 87th

May 03, 2014 10:01 IST

World's top under-50 universities: IIT-Guwahati ranked 87th

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IIT-Guwahati is the only Indian institute to have made it to the Times Higher Education's Top 100 list of universities that have completed less than 50 years.

The Times Higher Education (THE) along with Thomson Reuters recently unveiled the list of 100 best universities from across the globe.

Titled 100 Under 50 2014, the THE rankings comprises a list of the top 100 universities under 50 years old ranked on a scale of 100.

The Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati is the only Indian university to have qualified to the world rankings this year. 

The IIT-Guwahati is ranked 87th in the world rankings and shares the position with Portugal's New University of Lisbon and Australia's University of Western Sydney.

The universities were judged under 13 indicators (includes 2 subjective and 11 objective indicators) that were also used to arrive at the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. However, the 100 Under 50 2014 methodology has been carefully customised to reflect the special characteristics of younger universities by giving less weightage to subjective indicators of academic reputation.

The 11 objective performance indicators were grouped under five main categories and were scored thus:

  • Teaching: the learning environment (worth 30 per cent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (worth 30 per cent)
  • Citations: research influence (worth 30 per cent)
  • Industry income: innovation (worth 2.5 per cent)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (worth 7.5 per cent).

A few universities were not considered for the rankings because of the following reasons --  they did teach undergraduates; they taught only a single narrow subject; or their research output amounted to fewer than 1,000 articles between 2007 and 2011 (200 a year).

In some exceptional cases, the THE website mentions that it did include universities below the 200-paper threshold provided they had "a particular focus on disciplines with generally low publication volumes, such as engineering or the arts and humanities."

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87. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, India

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Overall score: 31.7/100

Teaching: 29.4

International outlook: 17.5

Industry Income: NA

Research: 17

Citations: 53.6

Established in the year 1994, the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, ranked 87th is the only Indian university to have made it to the Top 100 under 50 list this year.

The technological institute has eleven departments and three inter-disciplinary academic centres offering courses in engineering, science and humanities at the graduate, post graduate and doctoral level.

It caters to over 4500 students annually.

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20. Universitat Konstanz, Germany

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Overall score: 47.3/100

Teaching: 34.5

International outlook: 58.9

Industry Income: 59.5

Research: 43.4

Citations: 59.9

Started in 1996, the German public university is ranked at Number 20, same as last year. In 2012, it was ranked 14th.

As of date, the university offers more than 100 degree programmes in science, humanities, law, economics and politics and is particularly famous for its library that is home to over two million books.

The library is open 24x7 for the benefit of its students.

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19. University of Calgary, Canada

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Overall score: 47.6/100

Teaching: 40.5

International outlook: 62.9

Industry Income: 45.4

Research: 41.7

Citations: 56.8

In nineteenth place is the University of Calgary.

The public research institution established in 1996 caters to about 31,000 students annually across its undergraduate, graduate and professional-degree programmes.

The CEO of Mozilla Corporation Gary Kovacs and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper are Calgary alumni.

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17. Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France

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Overall score: 49/100

Teaching: 29.5

International outlook: 67

Industry Income: 29.1

Research: 24.6

Citations: 90.2

Staying put on number 17 is Universite Paris Diderot.

It caters to over 25,000 students offering courses in humanities, science, and medicine.

The French university, established in the year 1970, offers more than a hundred specialties at the master's level and about 24 specialisations at the doctoral level.

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17. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Overall score: 49/100

Teaching: 36.3

International outlook: 65.9

Industry Income: 55.7

Research: 45.7

Citations: 60.2

The City University of Hong Kong shares its 17th rank with the Universite Paris Diderot-Paris 7, France.

The public research university was founded in the year 1984.

It caters to over 20,000 students and offers about 130 different courses in business, science, engineering, energy and environment, law, creative media and social science.

It has seven colleges and 22 academic departments.

Chinese singer and actor Fiona Sit and songwriter Chet Lam have graduated from this institute.


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16. Universitat Ulm, Germany

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Overall score: 49.9/100

Teaching: 50.9

International outlook: 54.6

Industry Income: 51.1

Research: 29.1

Citations: 68.4

The University of Ulm is ranked 16th.

It did not feature in the 2013 rankings, but was ranked 22nd in the 2012 rankings.

Founded in 1967, university currently has around 9,000 students and is divided into four faculties -- medicine, engineering and computer science, natural science, mathematics and economics.

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15. The University of Texas at Dallas, United States

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Overall score: 50.6/100

Teaching: 32.3

International outlook: 46.8

Industry Income: 44.4

Research: 39.9

Citations: 81.2

At number 15 is the public research university from Dallas, United States.

Established in 1969, it has an annual enrollment of about 21,000 students.

Vice chairman and managing director of Jindal Steel & Power Limited, Naveen Jindal is an alumnus of this university.

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13. Pompeu Fabra University, Spain

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Overall score: 51.2/100

Teaching: 32.6

International outlook: 51.7

Industry Income: 37.3

Research: 36.8

Citations: 85.2

Making considerable progress from its 25th rank last year is Spain's Pompeu Fabra University. It features at the 13th position this year.

It was founded in the year 1990, and has three campuses -- Ciutadella, Poblenou and Mar.

About 7,000 students study at this institute.

Among its notable faculty of sociologists, economists and scholars include famed novelist and poet Rafael Argullol i Murgadas.

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13. University of Illinois at Chicago, United States

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Overall score: 51.2/100

Teaching: 55.6

International outlook: 43.3

Industry Income: 31.1

Research: 45.4

Citations: 56.2

The North America-based public research university caters to about 28,000 students annually.

It offers 74 specialisations at the bachelors, 77 at the masters and 60 at the doctoral level.

The great-granddaughter of the US President Theodore Roosevelt, Anna Curtenius Roosevelt is an alumnus of this institute.

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12. University of Warwick, United Kingdom

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Overall score: 54/100

Teaching: 45.9

International outlook: 82.9

Industry Income: 34.6

Research: 51.7

Citations: 58.7

Moving up from its 13th place from last year's rankings, the public research university founded in 1965 is ranked twelfth this year.

The 290-acre campus comprises 29 academic departments and 40 research centres offering courses in arts, medicine, science and social studies.

Indian entrepreneur Ness Wadia, Burger King CEO Bernando Hees and Resident Evil series director Paul Anderson have all graduated from here.

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11. University of California, Santa Cruz, United States

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Overall score: 54.4/100

Teaching: 31.1

International outlook: 39.4

Industry Income: No data supplied

Research: 39

Citations: 99.9

Staying put on number 11 is Santa Cruz-based public university.

It was started in the year 1965 and today, the 2000-acre campus is home to more than 16,000 students.

Some of its popular undergraduate specialisations include art, business management economics, molecular and cell biology, and psychology.

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10. Lancaster University, United Kingdom

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Overall score: 55.4/100

Teaching: 42.6

International outlook: 81.2

Industry Income: 32.2

Research: 43.6

Citations: 75.4

Rounding off the Top 10 is the UK's Lancaster University. It was ranked 14th in last year's rankings.

Also known as The University of Lancaster, the public research university enrols over 12,000 students annually across its graduate and post graduate programmes.

Former chairman of Unilver Anthony Burgmans and British TV presenter Ranvir Singh have been part of this institute.

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9. Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France

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Overall score: 56.1/100

Teaching: 58.3

International outlook: 65.5

Industry Income: 34.4

Research: 27.2

Citations: 82.3

The Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France has been ranked ninth this year as well.

Established in 1971, the university is known for its programmes in mathematics, physics, natural sciences, engineering, technology and computer science.

It caters to 32,000 students on an annual basis.

Nobel laureates Marie and Pierre Curie are among its notable alumni.

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8. Universite Paris-Sud, France

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Overall score: 56.2/100

Teaching: 43.6

International outlook: 62

Industry Income: 28.8

Research: 39.6

Citations: 86.3

Moving up two places from last year, Universite Paris-Sud is positioned eighth in the latest rankings.

It caters to 27,000 students annually.

Nobel prize winning physicist Pierre-Gilles de Gennes is affiliated to this institute.

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7. University of California, Irvine, United States

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Overall score: 59.3/100

Teaching: 44.2

International outlook: 36.4

Industry Income: 44.9

Research: 51

Citations: 89.7

The University of California has slid down two places from last year's rankings. It ranks seventh this year.

Started in 1965, it caters to over 28,000 students in a year.

American actor Brian Thompson is an alumnus.

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6. Maastricht University, Netherlands

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Overall score: 60.4/100

Teaching: 40.5

International outlook: 89.1

Industry Income: 98.2

Research: 64.7

Citations: 65.8

The public university is featuring for the first time in the rankings.

Started in 1976, it enrols over 15,000 students in a year.

It is known for its courses in medicine, economics, law, humanities and science.

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5. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

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Overall score: 61.7/100

Teaching: 40.4

International outlook: 91

Industry Income: 100

Research: 66.8

Citations: 67.5

In fifth place is Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Established in 1991, the institute caters to 33,000 students annually.

The 200-hectare campus is home to 15 schools catering to programmes in engineering, science and medicine.

India born entrepreneur Inderjit Singh and former Singapore MP Ang Mong Seng have studied from this institute.

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4. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

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Overall score: 65.3/100

Teaching: 54.8

International outlook: 77

Industry Income: 58.5

Research: 66.4

Citations: 72.3

The public research university from Hong Kong is ranked fourth, same as last year.

Established in 1991, the institute is known for its research programmes at the post graduate and doctoral level.

More than 11,000 students study at this institute annually.

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3. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea

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Overall score: 67.4/100

Teaching: 72.6

International outlook: 34.3

Industry Income: 100

Research: 68.1

Citations: 67

The institute had inched up two places last year to feature third in the world rankings last year. It continues to maintain its spot this year as well.

Established in 1971, the public research university caters to an average of 10,000 students annually.

Famous scientist and the first Korean to fly in space Yi So-Yeon is an alumnus of this top ranked institute.

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2. Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

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Overall score: 68.3/100

Teaching: 56.1

International outlook: 98.2

Industry Income: 49.2

Research: 47.1

Citations: 95.9

Switzerland's top technological institute emerged runner up. It has been consistently losing the top spot since 2012.

The federal institute got its current name in 1969 and caters to approximately 10,000 students on an annual basis.

Inventor of velcro George de Mestral has been an alumnus of this institute long before it became a federal institution.

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1. Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech), Republic of Korea

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Overall score: 69.8/100

Teaching: 65.4

International outlook: 33.8

Industry Income: 100

Research: 64.7

Citations: 85.7

The Pohang University of Science and Technology has been consistently ranked number 1 in the Times Higher Education 100 under 50 rankings since 2012.

Started in 1986, the university is less than 30 years old and is known for its science and technology research programmes.

It has 11 undergraduate and postgraduate departments and caters to over 3000 students annually.

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