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Following hot on the heels of last month’s QS World University Rankings 2018, the QS Top 50 Under 50 2018 is here.

Ranking the top young universities in the world, the QS Top 50 Under 50 is supplemented by an additional ranking of the next 100 universities under 50 years old, allowing more young universities to be featured than ever before.

This year, seven of the top 10 young universities come from just four countries: Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Australia. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region dominates the ranking, with more Australian universities featuring this year than any other country. Malaysia has also made great strides this year, with four universities making it into the top 25.

Elsewhere in the world, only one UK university is included, Oxford Brookes, which drops to 41st place. Many UK universities are now too old to be featured in this ranking, which means several institutions that were founded in 1966 have dropped off the list since last year.

The top young university in Europe is Finland’s Aalto University, ranked seventh, although Spain can proudly boast to having more institutions featured than any other European country with a total of six.

Ben Sowter, Research Director at QS, said: “This year, we see Asia-Pacific universities make considerable headway on their European and North American counterparts, a testament to the growing renown of these young, STEM-focused universities.”

2018’s top 10 young universities


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Hong Kong


South Korea


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South Korea


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Find out more about how this year’s QS Top 50 Under 50 ranking was put together by clicking here, or click here to see this year’s ranking in full.

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Written by Craig OCallaghan
As Head of Content, Craig is responsible for all articles and guides published across TopUniversities and TopMBA. He has nearly 10 years of experience writing for a student audience and extensive knowledge of universities and study programs around the world.

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