THE 2021 ranking: PSL second best young university in the world

The 2021 edition of the THE ranking of young universities – under 50 – has just been published. Among the 77 new entrants in the ranking, the University of Paris-Saclay stands out by joining the 22nd rank. Another establishment that stands out: PSL, already ranked last year, climbed to second place on the podium.

No less than 27 French establishments are present in the new edition of the THE ranking (Times higher education) 2021 dedicated to universities under 50 years old. On the podium, PSL maintains its lead and even progresses from one place reaching the second step. It is followed, like last year by Sorbonne University and D’University of Paris even if these two establishments decline in the ranking, respectively by four places (from 9th to 13th position) and three places (from 11th to 14th place).

Paris-Saclay University makes a grand entrance

The University of Paris-Saclay, for its part, made a remarkable entry in the THE ranking of young universities by rising directly to 22nd place.. Among the 77 universities that integrate the ranking in 2021, this is the best position. But beware, last year was Paris-Sud University which was ranked 31st. However, the Université Paris-Saclay has succeeded the Université Paris-Sud in November 2019.

Three schools have joined the ranking this year: the Agro Institute (80th), Télécom SudParis (98th) and the Technological University of Troyes (201–250).

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French universities in decline

Despite these good results, several French establishments are however losing ground. The Côte d’Azur University loses 32 places and the Grenoble-Alpes University 20 places compared to their previous ranking. The Bourgogne Franche-Comté University goes from the range 101–150 to ranks between 201 and 250.

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To a lesser extent, Centrale Nantes fell by 14 positions, Aix-Marseille University by 11 ranks and the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin by 7.

Conversely, eight establishments remain in ranks similar to the 2020 vintage like the University of Montpellier, CentraleSupélec, the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, or the Claude Bernard University – Lyon 1 or the University of Lille.

Finally, two establishments come out of the ranking, the universities of Rennes 1 and Tours, which are over 50 years old.

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Asian universities in the lead

In the world top 5, four universities are on the Asian continent. In 2021, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore takes the top spot. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, first in 2020, is in 3rd place behind PSL. It is followed by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and the City University of Hong Kong.

This year, 475 universities from 68 countries are ranked. Seven countries and regions are represented in the top 10, says THE. In addition, three South Korean universities are positioned in the top 10 for the first time.

THE 2021 ranking of young French universities and schools

Rang 2021 Institution / country Number of students Number of students per staff International students
2 Paris Sciences and Letters 20.701 14,7 24%
13 Sorbonne University 43.585 12,8 20%
14 University of Paris 63.219 17,7 18%
22 Paris-Saclay University 28.618 14,6 16%
50 IMT Atlantic 1.628 8,6 43%
65 Montpellier University 39.703 19,7 15%
70 Aix-Marseille University 68.841 16,7 13%
72 University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines 16.699 21,2 16%
77 Grenoble-Alpes University 40.486 17,1 14%
80 The Agro Institute 212 10,9 16%
86 Central Nantes 1.776 16,5 48%
90 University of Bordeaux 54.812 22,4 13%
98 Telecom SudParis 960 11,3 34%
114 University of Côte d’Azur 32.277 19,9 21%
127 CentraleSupélec 4.007 9,8 27%
132 Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées 104.479 16,5 14%
139 Claude Bernard University-Lyon 1 2.749 13,0 13%
160 University of Lille 68.393 28,5 14%
173 Clermont Auvergne University 35.625 20,9 14%
176 University of Lorraine 5.969 19,5 16%
201–250 Panthéon-Sorbonne University – Paris 1 33.714 27,2 21%
201–250 Bourgogne Franche-Comté University (UBFC) 61.908 34,1 12%
201–250 University of Cergy-Pontoise 1.538 19,3 16%
201–250 University of Technology of Troyes 3.087 19,3 24%
251–300 Lumière University, Lyon 2 24.414 49,9 17%
251–300 University of Normandy 67.205 20,4 11%
251–300 University of Technology of Compiègne 4.308 16,0 24%
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