UPF, the world's 5th fastest-rising young university in the international rankings

Today, Times Higher Education (THE) presented the 'Young Universities Summit Report', which includes the seven universities aged under 50 that have made the fastest ascent up the international rankings. UPF, which, since 2011, has risen over twenty places in the THE rankings, is ranked fifth. Altogether, the report underscores the role of four European universities and three Asian universities.
The results of the THE Top 100 Under 50 Rankings will not be published until 29 April, at a summit organized in Dublin for academic leaders. In an interview with the report's editors, the Rector of UPF, Jaume Casals, stressed that, "UPF's strengths lie in its youth and size, along with its simple organization, which makes us more agile and manoeuvrable; its clear focus on research; and its specialization in certain fields in which, in recent years, we have seen increasing interaction and transversality."
List of the seven fastest-rising young universities in the Times Higher Education World Rankings



Year founded



Nanyang Technological University




Maastricht University


The Netherlands


University of Warwick


United Kingdom


Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology


South Korea


Pompeu Fabra University




Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne




Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Hong Kong

Source: 'Young Universities Summit Report'. Times Higher Education 2015. www.theworldsummitseries.com  
To produce the 'Young Universities Summit Report', Times Higher Education analyzed the top 200 universities in its prestigious world rankings and identified the universities aged under 50 that have climbed the most since 2011. UPF, which has risen more than twenty places, is ranked fifth.
The Times Higher Education editor, Phil Baty, pointed out that, though the average age of the top 100 institutions in the latest THE World Rankings is close to 200 years old, research shows that leadership is not solely dependent on age, but, first and foremost, on the institutions' "audacity", leadership ability and clear focus: "These seven universities have shown that what others have developed over centuries can be achieved in a matter of decades. That should serve as a lesson to the rest of the world – that the traditional global world order is not unassailable and visionary young universities can break through."
The report singles out three indicators as essential in determining an institution's ranking: the impact of its citations (the frequency with which its publications are cited by other scholars, indicative of the influence its research has on other institutions); industry income (the extent to which industry and academia work together to promote applied research with a social impact); and the institution's international outreach (which is not only measured in the number of international students and lecturers the university is able to attract, but also in the frequency with which the institution publishes articles alongside other foreign universities).