Taiwan loses Asia crown in THE 100 Under 50
Renowned London-based weekly magazine Times Higher Education (THE) today published the 2015 “Times Higher Education 100 Under 50” rankings, showing that Taiwan has lost its status as the number one Asian nation in terms of representative numbers.
This year marks the fourth publication of the ranking, which is unlike that of THE’s famed World University Rankings that seeks to examine the performance of colleges around the globe, and is instead an analysis of the world’s top 100 universities that are less than 50 years old. The rankings feature renowned universities with the potential to become the next Ivy League-caliber institutions that were founded no earlier than 1965.
Due to the quality of the list that requires it to be updated on a yearly basis based within the timeline of 50 years, universities from 28 regions are showcased this year, as opposed to 29 from the last that included colleges established in 1964.
According to THE, while the list adopts the same comprehensive range of 13 performance indicators that are used to produce the highly regarded THE World University Rankings, the indicators have been recalibrated through a special methodology to reflect the character and development priorities of young institutions around the world.
Through the combination of traditional and newly implemented techniques, the 100 Under 50 list displays to its readers the nations that could challenge the United States and the United Kingdom as the next authority in education.
Taiwan Loses One Representative from List
The rankings show
the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne) of Switzerland has switched places with South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology this year, advancing from its second place ranking to the first. The Swiss institute had remained in second place since 2012, when the unique ranking was first published.
According to the list, East Asian universities continue to take high placements, with institutions from Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore claiming four of the topfive positions in the 100 Under 50 list.
While Taiwan retains a solid status, with three university representatives listed on the ranking alongside Turkey, Hong Kong, Portugal, Sweden, South Korea and Finland, Taiwan has lost its status as the number one Asian nation in representative numbers, after the nation’s Asia University ( ) fell out from the ranking entirely from its 99th placement in 2014.
Though both the National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU,
) and National Yang Ming University (NYMU, ) remain listed in the rankings, both have dropped from their previous positions from last year. NYMU fell dangerously low from its 96th position to come in last place at 100th on the list.
NSYSU has also dropped from 40th to 49th, barely staying on as one of the top 50 universities in the rankings. The saving grace is the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (
), which overtook NSYSU to advance from its 42nd placement in 2014 to its current 41st position this year.