General information on ranking

Name of the ranking THE Young University Ranking
Geographical scope Global
Name of person in charge of ranking Phil Baty
E-mail of person in charge of ranking
Website of the ranking
Publication frequency annual
First year of publication 2004
Most recent year of publication 2023
Date of last update 2024-05-05
Ranking organization Times Higher Education
Website of the methodology

The Times Higher Education Young University Rankings apply the same methodology as the THE WUR to assess research-intensive universities across all their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. However, the weightings are recalibrated to reflect the profile of missions of young universities. 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators are used to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments. The rankings include institutions that were founded between 1973 and the present.


TEACHING (the learning environment) 30%

Reputation survey (10%) 

Staff-to-student ratio (6%)

Doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio (3%)

Doctorates-awarded-to-academic-staff ratio (8%)

Institutional income (3%) 


RESEARCH (volume, income and reputation) 30%

Reputation survey (12%) 

Research income (9%) 

Research productivity (9%) 


CITATIONS (research influence) 30%

THE examines research influence by capturing the average number of times that a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally. This year, the bibliometric data supplier Elsevier examined more than 121 million citations to 15.5 million journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings, books and book chapters published over five years. The data include more than 27,100 academic journals indexed by Elsevier’s Scopus database and all indexed publications between 2017 and 2021. Citations to these publications made in the six years from 2017 to 2022 are also collected.

INTERNATIONAL OUTLOOK (staff, students, research) 7.5%

Proportion of international students (2.5%)

Proportion of international staff (2.5%)

International collaboration (2.5%)


INDUSTRY INCOME (knowledge transfer) 2.5%

This category seeks to capture knowledge-transfer activity by looking at how much research income an institution earns from industry (adjusted for PPP), scaled against the number of academic staff it employs.

Additional information

  • Type of publication: internet, print - magazine, newspaper
  • Internet users access to ranking: open access
  • Language of publication: English
  • Main target groups: higher education institutions, policymakers, governments and funding agencies, students and parents
  • Level of comparison: institutional: 605
  • Major dimensions covered: internationalization, knowledge transfer, reputation, research, teaching
  • Structure of presentation: ordinary presentation (league tables)
  • Data sources: data collected from HEIs by ranking organization, survey conducted exclusively by ranking organization, third-party database (data not provided by HEI)
  • Quality assurance of ranking: certification (e.g. IREG Audit)
  • Website of the ranking organization:
  • Types of the ranking organization: commercial/for-profit (incl. media)
  • Types of rankings: global-sub