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UM is surging up the world’s ‘young university’ rankings

The University of Macau rose by 12 places in this year’s Times Higher Education rankings for universities less than 50 years old, achieving 14th place.

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UPDATED: 16 May 2024, 8:10 am

The University of Macau (UM) has jumped 12 places up the 2024 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, settling in 14th position. It scored particularly well in research quality and international outlook.

The public university has experienced a rapid ascent: it ranked 42nd in 2020, 39th in 2021 and 26th in both 2023 and 2022. The Macau University of Science and Technology was 38th in this year’s rankings, the only other Macao university included.

The Young University Rankings lists the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger. UM was founded in 1981 and initially called the University of East Asia. It was renamed the University of Macau in 1991.

[See more: The University of Macau is preparing to build a new campus in Hengqin]

Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University took the top spot this year, followed by France’s Paris Sciences et Lettres. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and City University of Hong Kong took third and fourth place, respectively.

The Young University Rankings use almost the same methodology as the World University Rankings, also published by Times Higher Education, with some recalibrated weightings meaning the likes of long-standing reputation make up less of the final score. 

UM made it to 193rd place in the 2024 World University Rankings, its debut in the top 200, and 36th place in Asia. In the 2024 QS World University Rankings, UM came in at number 254.

Asia is home to almost half of the world’s young research universities, according to Times Higher Education – a British publication considered to be an authority on higher education worldwide. The number of Asian universities in the list had nearly doubled in the past five years, with Turkey, India and Iran driving the rise in institutions.

UPDATED: 16 May 2024, 8:10 am

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