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).
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.
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.
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%|
|14||University of Paris||63.219||17,7||18%|
|72||University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||16.699||21,2||16%|
|80||The Agro Institute||212||10,9||16%|
|90||University of Bordeaux||54.812||22,4||13%|
|114||University of Côte d’Azur||32.277||19,9||21%|
|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%|