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UK falls off perch in list of top young universities

By Alison Kershaw

Published 30/04/2015

Warwick University was the highest UK entrant in the THE 100 Under 50 2105 rankings
Warwick University was the highest UK entrant in the THE 100 Under 50 2105 rankings

The UK has lost its position as the best place in the world for top young universities, according to new international rankings.

For the first time, the nation has lost out to Australia in an annual league table of the best 100 universities worldwide under 50 years old. In total, there were 15 UK institutions in the Times Higher Education (THE) table, compared to 16 Australian universities.

The majority of the UK universities included in the list were founded in the 1960s, which have become globally competitive over the years.

A number of these will soon be too old to be included and the latest results have prompted fresh concerns that those institutions created in the 1990s - when the law was changed to allow polytechnics to take on university status - have yet to make their mark internationally.

The highest UK entrant in the 100 Under-50 2015 rankings is Warwick, which has moved up from 12th place last year to ninth, while the second highest, in joint 19th place, is Dundee, which is a new entrant.

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