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Uni of Herts Amongst World's Best Young Uni's
The University of Hertfordshire's been recognised in the Top 100 of the world's best University's established for 50 years or less.
In the top 10, the UK also features with the University of York, Lancaster University and University of East Anglia in the inaugural Times Higher Education 100 under 50.
The list ranks the world's top 100 universities under the age of 50, is headed by Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.
Along with the University of Hertfordshire, at position 62, 16 other UK universities make it onto the 100 list; Aston, Bath, Bradford, Brunel, City University London, Essex, Heriot-Watt, Keele, Kent, Liverpool John Moores, Loughborough, Plymouth, Stirling, Strathclyde, Warwick.
A total of 30 countries or regions have institutions in the top 100, but emerging countries Russia, India and mainland China fail to have a single university in the ranking. Meanwhile the US has only nine representatives in the list, putting it in third place behind the UK and Australia, which has 14.
The youngest is Italy's University of Milan-Bicocca, founded in 1998, in 25th place.
Unsurprisingly Europe features the most of any continent with 16 nations represented in the list, with Spain, France and Germany also doing particularly well.
The 100 Under 50 is based on the same range of 13 separate performance indicators used to compile the World University Rankings covering all key elements of university performance, although they have been amended to better reflect the profile of younger institutions.
Phil Baty, editor of the Rankings, told Heart: "This innovative global ranking of institutions under 50 years old serves as a clear warning to the traditional elites in the US and UK that new powers in higher education and research are quickly emerging. The heritage institutions need to watch their backs. With focused investment, innovation, strategic vision and lots of talent, some institutions have managed to achieve in a matter of years what the traditional elite universities have developed over many generations."
Mr Baty added: "The landscape is changing quickly and the old global hierarchies cannot rest on their laurels. Asian institutions are showing great strength, and investment taking place in the Gulf, for example, is very promising."
Phil concluded: "The 100 Under 50 also serves as an extraordinary example to all those nations who aspire to develop world-class research-led global universities. Those at the top of this list show what can be achieved in a short time with the political will and the right resources, while those lower down give a real insight into which institutions could be future global stars.''
Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said: "The fact that the UK has the most universities in the top 100 under 50 proves our higher education sector has strength in depth.
Newer universities with a clear sense of their own mission can match those with a longer history. Our reforms aim to keep our higher education sector world class.''
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