These are the best 8 young universities in the world
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There’s no doubt that some of the world’s oldest universities continue to dominate world rankings and see the hottest competition for enrolment.

Ivy League Harvard University was established all the way back in 1636, while its UK rival the University of Oxford is even older. There is evidence that teaching was happening at Oxford as far back as 1096.

But you know what they say: you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. “Young” universities – those defined as less than 50 years old – are sometimes more willing and able to innovate and provide a truly 21st Century education for their students.

Here are the top eight young universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017.

8. Ulm University, Germany

The small city of Ulm is home to German companies like ratiopharm, EvoBus, Seeberger or Liebherr. Source: Uni Ulm

7. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

City University of Hong Kong is a public research university located in Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. Source: Shutterstock

6. Maastricht University, Netherlands

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University, in the Netherlands. Source: Maastricht University

5. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology is based at the science and research hub of Daedeok Innopolis in Daejeon, South Korea. Source: YouTube

4. Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea

Tae-Hoon Park Digital Library at the Pohang University of Science and Technology. Source: SmithGroupJJR

3. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University. Source: YouTube

2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

Bird’s-eye view of the HKUST campus. Source: Wikipedia Commons

1. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Aerial view of the EPFL, which forms a large campus with the University of Lausanne (UNIL) at the shores of Lake Geneva. Source: Wikipedia Commons

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