Three Hong Kong universities make it into top 25 of young world institutions

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 April, 2015, 4:28pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 April, 2015, 7:44pm

Hong Kong’s three young universities have made it into the world’s top 25 for the first time, according to the latest Times Higher Education ranking.

The University of Science and Technology, founded in 1991, ranks the highest in 4th place, which is the same as its position last year, according to the list, which sets out rankings for institutions which are less than 50 years old. The London-based magazine started this particular ranking system in 2012.

The City University, founded in 1984, ranks 14th, three places up from 17th last year. The Polytechnic University, founded in 1994, ranks 23rd, up seven places from 30th last year.

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne climbed from second last year to top the league, followed by two South Korean universities – Pohang University of Science and Technology and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.

“Hong Kong remains a star of this dynamic, forward-looking list: its three representatives not only fall comfortably within the world top 25, but they are also among the youngest institutions in the field,” said rankings editor Phil Baty. “This can only be good news for the [special administrative] region as its status as a global knowledge and innovation hub is challenged by the likes of Singapore.”

The rankings are based on 13 indicators across five areas: research volume, income and reputation, teaching and learning environment, international activities and income from industry after transforming research into actual development.

A spokeswoman for the University of Science and Technology said the ranking was the result of staff efforts. She said the university could learn from the ranking on ways to improve its work.

The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University were not considered in this survey as they are both more than 50 years old.