QS Top 50 Under 50 2021

By H. Young

Updated September 13, 2021 Updated September 13

Nanyang Technological University continues to be the top young university in the world according to the QS Top 50 Under 50, a table exclusively for the world's younger academic institutions.

First published in 2012, the QS Top 50 Under 50 ranks the best universities in the world which are under 50 years old, allowing some of the world's top young universities to shine. Since 2015, it has tripled its range to include the Next 100 Under 50.

Unlike other university rankings, the Top 50 Under 50 and the Next 100 Under 50 see a vast amount of change each year, as universities drop out of the list after they pass the 50-year marker. So, if you can't find an institution in this year's list, it might be because it's now older than 50 years.

QS Top 50 Under 50 2021

2021 WUR Rank 2021 Institution Location
1 13 Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
2 =27 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) Hong Kong SAR
3 39 KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology South Korea
4 48 City University of Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR
5 52 Université PSL (Paris Sciences & Lettres) France
6 75 Hong Kong SAR
7 =77 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
8 83 France
9 127 Aalto University Finland
10 132 Malaysia
11 =133 University of Technology Sydney (UTS) Australia
12 138 France
13 =187 Malaysia
14 196 Australia
15 =211 United Arab Emirates
16 =217 Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Australia
17 =217 Curtin University Australia
18 =223 Australia
19 =234 Maastricht University Netherlands
20 =238 Belgium
21 245 Qatar University Qatar
22 =254 Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) Brunei
23 264 Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) Hong Kong SAR
24 =265 Japan
25 =267 Taiwan
=26 =275 Deakin University Australia
=26 =275 University of Paris France
27 284 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
28 =287 Universitat Pompeu Fabra Spain
29 =295 University of South Australia (UniSA) Australia
30 =295 Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology (GIST) South Korea
31 =298 National Research University - Higher School of Economics (HSE) Russia
32 =298 National Yang Ming University Taiwan
33 =303 Griffith University Australia
34 =305 Denmark
35 =311 Spain
36 =314 Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya Spain
37 327 IE University Spain
38 =342 France
39 =348 American University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
40 =350 Universiti Teknologi Brunei Brunei
41 355 Pakistan
42 =357 University of Lisbon Portugal
43 =357 L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University Kazakhstan
44 367 University of Macau Macau SAR
45 372 Australia
46 =373 Pakistan
47 =375 Sultan Qaboos University Oman
48 =377 Argentina
49 379 Malaysia
50 =383 United Kingdom
51-60 =387 Shanghai University China (Mainland)
51-60 391 UCSI University Malaysia
51-60 =392 Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele Italy
51-60 =398 Université de Strasbourg France
51-60 =409 Tampere University Finland
51-60 =414 Bond University Australia
51-60 =416 National Sun Yat-sen University Taiwan
51-60 425 Université de Bordeaux France
51-60 =428 Universidade Nova de Lisboa Portugal
51-60 =437 Auckland University of Technology New Zealand
61-70 =439 Dublin City University (DCU) Ireland
61-70 =439 Universiti Teknologi Petronas (Petronas) Malaysia
61-70 =439 University of Johannesburg South Africa
61-70 =443 Universidad Austral Argentina
61-70 =451 Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Spain
61-70 =456 University of Canberra Australia
61-70 =465 Koç University Turkey
61-70 =470 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) India
61-70 =474 Western Sydney University Australia
61-70 =477 Concordia University Canada
71-80 492 Universidad de Montevideo Uruguay
71-80 =493 Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" Brazil
71-80 =493 Chang Gung University Taiwan
71-80 =499 University of Eastern Finland Finland
71-80 =499 Universidad de Alcalá Spain
71-80 501-510 University of Balamand Lebanon
71-80 511-520 Université Aix-Marseille France
71-80 511-520 Universitá degli Studi di Roma - Tor Vergata Italy
71-80 511-520 Université de Montpellier France
71-80 511-520 University of Limerick (UL) Ireland
81-90 511-520 Singapore Management University Singapore
81-90 521-530 University of Milano-Bicocca Italy
81-90 521-530 Sabanci University Turkey
81-90 521-530 Universität Bayreuth Germany
81-90 521-530 Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU) (formerly University of Dammam) Saudi Arabia
81-90 531-540 Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) Malaysia
81-90 541-550 Universität Bremen Germany
81-90 541-550 Coventry University United Kingdom
81-90 551-560 Bilkent University Turkey
81-90 551-560 Management and Science University Malaysia
91-100 551-560 Ajou University South Korea
91-100 551-560 Victoria University Australia
91-100 551-560 Hallym University South Korea
91-100 571-580 Murdoch University Australia
91-100 571-580 Altai State University Russia
91-100 581-590 Kingston University, London United Kingdom
91-100 581-590 University of Aveiro Portugal
91-100 591-600 Central Queensland University Australia
91-100 601-650 International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) Malaysia
91-100 601-650 University of Côte d'Azur France
101-150 601-650 University of Sharjah United Arab Emirates
101-150 601-650 Universitat Ramon Llull Spain
101-150 601-650 Ulster University United Kingdom
101-150 601-650 University of Portsmouth United Kingdom
101-150 601-650 King Khalid University Saudi Arabia
101-150 601-650 American University in Dubai United Arab Emirates
101-150 601-650 Shenzhen University China (Mainland)
101-150 601-650 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad India
101-150 651-700 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
101-150 651-700 Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Pakistan
101-150 651-700 University of Hyderabad India
101-150 651-700 Universidad Torcuato Di Tella Argentina
101-150 651-700 Applied Science University of Bahrain Bahrain
101-150 651-700 Edith Cowan University (ECU) Australia
101-150 651-700 O. P. Jindal Global University India
101-150 651-700 Central South University China (Mainland)
101-150 651-700 University of Mons Belgium
101-150 651-700 Universidad ICESI Colombia
101-150 701-750 Zayed University United Arab Emirates
101-150 701-750 Maynooth University Ireland
101-150 701-750 University of Huddersfield United Kingdom
101-150 701-750 Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) Malaysia
101-150 701-750 Abu Dhabi University United Arab Emirates
101-150 701-750 Ajman University United Arab Emirates
101-150 701-750 Middlesex University United Kingdom
101-150 701-750 Universidad de San Andrés Argentina
101-150 701-750 Sunway University Malaysia
101-150 701-750 Notre Dame University-Louaize (NDU) Lebanon
101-150 701-750 Charles Darwin University Australia
101-150 701-750 University of Greenwich United Kingdom
101-150 701-750 Macau University of Science and Technology Macau SAR
101-150 701-750 Sumy State University Ukraine
101-150 751-800 Université de Lille France
101-150 751-800 Universidad de La Sabana Colombia
101-150 751-800 Universität Duisburg-Essen Germany
101-150 751-800 Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP) Malaysia
101-150 751-800 Kazakh-British Technical University Kazakhstan
101-150 751-800 Universidad de San Francisco de Quito Ecuador
101-150 751-800 Nottingham Trent University United Kingdom
101-150 751-800 NJSC KIMEP University Kazakhstan
101-150 751-800 Rovira i Virgili University Spain
101-150 751-800 Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University Saudi Arabia
101-150 751-800 Bournemouth University United Kingdom
101-150 751-800 University of Brescia Italy
101-150 751-800 Southern Cross University Australia
101-150 751-800 London South Bank University United Kingdom
101-150 801-1000 Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM) Mexico
101-150 801-1000 Vietnam National University - Ho Chi Minh City (VNU-HCM) Vietnam
101-150 801-1000 Università degli Studi Roma Tre Italy
101-150 801-1000 Vietnam National University, Hanoi Vietnam

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This article was originally published in July 2020 . It was last updated in September 2021

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