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POSTECH Ranked Third Best Small University in the World, First in Asia

2019-08-27 584

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POSTECH placed third on the 2019 World’s Best Small Universities list, recently published by the Times Higher Education (THE), a London-based leading publisher of higher education analysis and world university rankings.

THE announces world rankings annually for universities with fewer than 5,000 students. The same 13 performance indicators under five areas are used for small-scale global university evaluation as the global university assessment including, teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. However, this evaluation only includes small universities due to their nature that prioritizes quality over quantity and customized education, which is not properly reflected in existing university evaluations.

Caltech placed first, followed by École Polytechnique and POSTECH placed third. POSTECH’s ranking is the highest among Asian universities.

Caltech, which continues to rank first, is an American engineering university of the highest level, established in California in 1891. It has produced outstanding scientists and engineers, such as Charles Richter, the developer of Richter scale and faculty members, including Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling and Richard Feynman. It is a frontrunner among small and strong universities. École Polytechnique, in second place, is a leading university among France’s small elite educational institutions labeled ‘Grandes Écoles.’ It is the epicenter of French mathematics, science and engineering research and boasts 222 years of history and tradition. Three presidents, including Giscard d’Estaing, numerous senior officials and CEOs from major French companies graduated from the university.

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It has been analyzed that POSTECH ranked third due to its high marks in industry-university cooperation compared to other universities.

THE stated, “POSTECH was founded in 1986 to cultivate future engineers” and praised POSTECH for encouraging entrepreneurship by “providing students with entrepreneurship programs such as clubs for student startups, support for prospective entrepreneurs, patent training and leave of absence granted for launching startups.”