Plymouth in top 60 of new universities
PLYMOUTH is one of the top 60 modern universities in the world, according to a new Times Higher Education survey.
The list of the 100 best universities under 50 years old includes 20 from the UK – more than from any other country.
But none of them is in the top five.
Plymouth University comes in at 60th on a list that is headed by Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea, followed by École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
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The University of York, Lancaster University and University of East Anglia come in at eighth, ninth and tenth place respectively in the inaugural 100 under 50 list.
Only one US university makes it into the top 10 – the University of California in seventh place.
Professor Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University vice-chancellor, said: "We are a far cry from the ivory towers of days gone by.
"Our focus on innovation and agility means that we are emerging strongly against the disruptive influences being experienced by higher education."
Plymouth received university status in 1992 but has an educational legacy dating back 150 years to the School of Navigation which was established in 1862.
Phil Baty, Editor of the Times Higher Education Rankings, said: "This innovative global ranking serves as a clear warning to the traditional elites in the US and UK that new powers in higher education and research are quickly emerging.
"The heritage institutions need to watch their backs."