by Rebecca Isjwara
To complement their Top 50 Youngest Universities annual list, Times Higher Education released a few subset ranking lists, one of them being Top Millennial Universities, or universities that are established since the early 2000s. According to Times Higher Education, these millennial universities generally generate great-performing international research output. This year’s top millennial universities comes from Europe, and here are the top five:
1. Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Founded in 2009, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is a product of the merger of two earlier universities: the University of Karlsruhe and the Karlsruhe Research Center. KIT is located in Karlsruhe, the second biggest city of the state of Baden-Württemberg.
KIT is known for its inventions and innovative creations, and is one of the leading European universities in the engineering and natural sciences field. KIT is a member of TU9 German Institutes of Technology, which comprises of the most prestigious engineering and technology-focused educational institutes in Germany.
2. University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg aims to embody the idea of a European research university. They boast niche or targeted research categories, which include systems biomedicine, European law, and educational sciences.
The university provides its education in different languages, spanning from English, German, to France. It prides itself for having 55% of its students coming from outside the country.
=3. University of Antwerp, Belgium
Founded in 2003, the University of Antwerp is a culmination of three different institutions in Belgium: Universitaire Faculteiten Sint-Ignatius Antwerpen, Rijksuniversitair Centrum Antwerpen, and Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen.
University of Antwerp is the first explicitly pluralistic university in Belgium, offering platforms for its students and faculty to discuss philosophical, ethical, and spiritual topics, as well as explore religious and intercultural dialogues.
=3. University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
The University of Duisburg-Essen is a result of a merger between two universities in the cities of Duisburg and Essen in 2003. Its research has seen significant progress, reflected in the university’s increase of income for research of 150%. The university’s four research clusters are: Nanosciences, Biomedical Sciences, Urban Systems, and Transformation of Contemporary Societies.
5. Aalto University, Finland
The youngest of the bunch, Aalto University was only founded in 2010. Even so, the university has 20,000 students and six schools in total. The university was formed as a merger of Helsinki University of Technology, the Helsinki School of Economics and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. The result of the merger was expected to be reflected in their multi-disciplinary education and research.