What to expect from the QS Top 50 Under 50 Rankings 2019

Can Nanyang Technological University hold onto its top spot? Source: Shutterstock

On June 21, QS World University Rankings will reveal the Top 50 Under 50, showcasing the most prestigious young universities in the world.

The universities are ranked on the same six criteria as the World University Rankings, with less weighting given to academic and employer reputation.

The results will be accompanied by the Next 100 universities under 50, so there will be 150 young universities ranked in total.

So, what can we expect to see?

Will Nanyang Technological University keep its top spot?

Coming in first last year, and holding onto to its third place in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018, Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is a strong contender for first place in the QS Top 50 Under 50.

Losing out to Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in the THE rankings, Nanyang Technological University is under threat but remains a close competitor for the top spot.

New Entries?

QS World University Rankings expects to see plenty of new names in this year’s Top 50 Under 50 as previous placeholders have celebrated their 50th birthday this year.

This makes room for younger universities to debut on the table, since they are yet to have their 50 years of fame.

Paris Sciences & Lettres University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham made their impressive first appearances in the THE Young University Rankings 2018, coming in at fourth and tenth place respectively, showing promise for new listings in the QS ranks.

Could you be going to a university that will be featured for the first time? Source: Shutterstock

Asian domination

Asia is expected to dominate this year’s QS Top 50 Under 50 as they join the higher education race.

Europe, North America and Australia tend to have older universities with higher academic and employer reputations, while Asia is emerging as a hotspot for academic excellence.

Asia is becoming increasingly popular with international students as its universities enter the respected rankings. In 2015, 44,000 overseas students studied in China, with Japan and South Korea in close succession.

This year’s rankings expects to see more Asian universities being noticed for impressive research and teaching outcomes alongside western competitors.

Tune in tomorrow for a full report on the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings, and what they mean for students studying abroad.

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