South Korea’s Pohang University of Science & Technology, also known as POSTECH, has topped the rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old.
The Times Higher Education, a weekly British magazine based in London, published on Thursday the list that features institutions from 30 countries.
POSTECH, which was founded in 1986, headed the list with a total of 71.8 points, followed by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne with 66.2 points.
The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology came third with 63 points, and another Korean university, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, took fifth place.
The United Kingdom had the most institutions on the list, with 20, followed by Australia with 14, while Korea had two.
But the fact that they are both in the top five represents “an exceptional performance,” said Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings.
“POSTECH and KAIST are clearly already world leaders, and it is extraordinary that they have reached such heights in a matter of decades, against global competitors who have had centuries to develop,” he said.
By Oh Kyu-wook (email@example.com