Times Higher Education 200 under 50 Ranking

UM ranked as world’s sixth best young university

Maastricht University is the sixth best young university in the world according to the Times Higher Education 200 under 50 ranking.  Last year, UM obtained the fourth position; this year the university was overtaken by two Korean universities. UM has maintained its position as the second European university on the list, after the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, that maintains its 1st place.

UM scored especially high on topics such as international outlook (the percentage of international students and staff), industry income and citations. With the exception of the Swiss École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, the top 5 is dominated by Asian universities.

About the THE 200 under 50 ranking

The ranking for young universities is based on 13 stringent and wide-ranging performance indicators for education, research, knowledge transfer and internationalisation, just like the THE World University Ranking (in which UM obtained the 94th position). The methodology for the 200 under 50 ranking (which was a 150 under 50 ranking last year) is a derivative version of the methodology of the THE World University Rankings. For the 200 under 50 ranking, the weighting of the indicators has been adjusted, an institute’s reputation –for example- weighs less heavily.

The complete ranking can be found on the THE-website  

Young Universities Summit

The ranking was published during the Young Universities Summit in Brisbane, Australia. Maastricht University's President Martin Paul gave a presentation at this summit in which he argued that, "Young universities should be mature enough to create their own reputation……based on the present, not the past!’’

Martin Paul at the Young Universities Summit
Martin Paul at the Young Universities Summit

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