No Thai university has made a list of the world's top 100 universities that are less than 50 years old.
Times Higher Education (THE) magazine, which has just released the list, said that young Thai universities compared less favourably to many other countries on two fronts: reputation and the number of times the academic papers they produced were cited.
“But overall, the signs are very positive for Thailand and we are seeing improvement,” THE said in an email to The Nation.
The magazine’s 100 Under 50 has been compiled so as to look to the future by examining the new breed of universities.
On the top of the list is South Korea’s Pohang University of Science and Technology, followed by Switzerland’s Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and another South Korean institution, the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology stays fourth, while Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University is fifth.
The youngest university on the list is Austria’s Medical University of Vienna, which was established in its current form in 2004 and is ranked 36th.
THE said that Chiang Mai University and Prince of Songkla University were eligible to be on the list.
“They’ve met the strict criteria, which includes a minimum number of research papers published,” it said.
The magazine said that the global academia environment was now highly competitive with increased investment in institutions globally, particularly in the Far East.
Chiang Mai University will not be considered for next year’s list as it was founded in 1964.