Irish universities among global leaders

Irish universities among global leaders
The National University Maynooth College. Photo: Eamonn Farrell/

Three Irish colleges made it onto the Times Higher Education’s list of best young universities.

The 150 under 50 category ranked the top 150 universities across the globe that were founded in 1967 or later.

Maynooth University was the highest placed Irish school, coming in 68th, while Dublin City University came in 79th and the University of Limerick was listed between 101st and 150th.

The table uses the same 13 indicators used by the Times Higher Education’s flagship world university rankings, measuring institutions on a number of things including teaching, research and international outlook.

It is a list that celebrates young universities that have already had an impact on the global stage and showcase the finest in rising educational talent.

The list has traditionally been dominated by institutions from the US and the UK but, this year, the emergence of universities from Europe and Asia has loosened their grip.

The rankings were topped by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, founded in 1969 in Switzerland, while East Asian colleges occupied four of the next five places.

The Nanyang Technological University in Singapore took second place, followed by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology came in fifth, while sixth position was occupied by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

The UK was well-represented on the list, with 25 universities featuring.

The University of Dundee, founded in 1967 and recently named Scottish University of the Year, was the highest placed at 16th.


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