Bath ranked among top universities in the world under the age of 50

We have been ranked in the top 50 in two global league tables published this week.

On Tuesday 29 May The Guardian published the ‘QS top 50 universities under 50’ table for 2012. The rankings are based on the same criteria as for the QS World University Rankings 2011/2012 – size, subject range and research intensity – but with the fourth aspect, age, restricted to those less than 50 years old. We were ranked as 12th in the world.

Today (Thursday 31 May) the Times Higher Education published its ‘100 under 50’ table. This table was compiled using the same criteria as their World University Rankings but with the weighting for academic reputation reduced to recognise the fact that older universities have deeper and more established alumni networks. We were ranked 37th in the THE table.

Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education rankings, said: “The ‘100 Under 50’ is not about the old institutions that dominate the traditional rankings: it is about a new breed of global universities – those that have managed to join the world’s top table in just decades rather than centuries, and others showing great promise for the future.

"The new ranking gives us a glimpse of the future, hinting at who the future Harvard and Cambridge universities may be.”

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