Best universities in the emerging economies: top 100 2022

The best universities in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2020

February 18 2020
Best universities in the emerging economies

Chinese universities dominate the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings 2020.

Out of more than 500 ranked universities, China took 81 places, with Tsinghua University claiming the top spot overall, followed by Peking University in second place. India was the second most-represented country, with 56 universities.

The ranking shines a spotlight on universities in 47 countries classed as emerging economies, including Brazil, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Turkey and the Czech Republic.

All the universities in the top 10 also appear in the top 200 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020.

The Emerging Economies Ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings, measuring teaching, research, research impact, industry income and international outlook, but the weightings are adjusted to reflect the specific characteristics of this group of universities. The full methodology can be found here.

Only institutions in countries in the FTSE Group’s Country Classification Process are eligible to be included in this ranking.

Best universities in the emerging economies 2020

1. Tsinghua University, China

Since 1911, Tsinghua University has aimed to bridge the gap between Chinese and Western cultures, sciences and humanities, and ancient and modern methods.

Although the university has particular strengths in science and technology, it conducts research and teaching across 14 schools and 56 departments, from management to art.

Its motto is “Self-discipline and social commitment”, and this is achieved through a focus on integrity and action.

2. Peking University, China

Peking University’s campus is known as “Yan Yuan” – the garden of Yan – and is located in a suburb of Beijing near the Summer Palace.

Many faculty members are members of prestigious research academies and direct groundbreaking research in China.

Peking’s students have the opportunity to study a diverse range of subjects, from humanities to applied sciences. There is also a significant focus on professional skills to provide students with the foundation to transition into careers.

Best universities from the emerging economies

Best universities in the Arab World
Best universities in Brazil
Best universities in Africa
Best universities in India
Best universities in Pakistan
Best universities in Taiwan
Best universities in China
Best universities in Malaysia
Best universities in Egypt
Best universities in Nigeria
Best universities in Mexico

3. Zhejiang University, China

Zhejiang University is part of the elite C9 group of universities in China. Founded in 1887, it is one of the oldest and most selective universities in the country.

The university has seven campuses across Hangzhou: Yuquan, Xixi, Haining International, Huajiachi, Zhijiang, Zijin’gang and Zhoushan.

The university has partnerships with more than 180 institutions from more than 30 countries worldwide, including Imperial College London, the University of Sydney and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

4. University of Science and Technology of China, China

The University of Science and Technology of China was established in 1958 to provide world-leading interdisciplinary education in science and technology.

It is located in Hefei, the capital of Anhui province, south of Beijing.

Emphasis at the university has always been on the quality of research and teaching. Students receive a grounding in fundamental scientific theories before being immersed in emerging research and interdisciplinary fields of study.

5. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russian Federation

More than 40,000 postgraduate students and about 7,000 undergraduate students are enrolled at Lomonosov Moscow State University.

While it attracts some 4,000 students from outside Russia each year, the university also offers specialist distance courses for Chinese students to learn Russian.

Lomonosov Moscow State boasts four museums with a strong emphasis on natural sciences, and it boasts one of the largest library systems in Russia.

Student experience in the emerging economies

International perspective: a Filipino student in Hungary
International perspective: an American in the UAE
Five reasons why you should study in China
University life in: India
International perspective: an American student in China
International perspective: a Belarusian student in Lithuania
University life in: China
A day in the life of a student in Nigeria
A week in the life of a student in Brazil

Top 100 universities in the Emerging Economies Ranking 2020

Click each institution to view its World University Rankings 2020 profile

Emerging Economies Rank 2020 World University Rank 2020 University Country/Region
1 23 Tsinghua University China
2 24 Peking University China
3 =107 Zhejiang University China
4 =80 University of Science and Technology of China China
5 =189 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
6 =157 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
7 109 Fudan University China
8 =120 National Taiwan University Taiwan
9 =144 Nanjing University China
10 =136 University of Cape Town South Africa
11 =194 University of the Witwatersrand South Africa
12 201–250 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Russian Federation
13 201–250 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
14 251–300 University of São Paulo Brazil
15 351–400 Khalifa University United Arab Emirates
16 301–350 Indian Institute of Science India
17 301–350 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
18 251–300 HSE University Russian Federation
19 351–400 Wuhan University China
20 251–300 Alfaisal University Saudi Arabia
21 401–500 Tongji University China
22 301–350 University of Malaya Malaysia
23 251–300 Sun Yat-sen University China
=24 301–350 Beijing Normal University China
=24 251–300 Stellenbosch University South Africa
26 401–500 Harbin Institute of Technology China
27 401–500 National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Russian Federation
28 351–400 Taipei Medical University Taiwan
29 351–400 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
30 301–350 Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) China
31 301–350 United Arab Emirates University United Arab Emirates
32 401–500 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur India
33 351–400 University of Iceland Iceland
34 401–500 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay India
35 401–500 ITMO University Russian Federation
=36 401–500 Central South University China
=36 301–350 University of Tartu Estonia
=38 401–500 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi India
=38 401–500 Qatar University Qatar
40 401–500 Sabancı University Turkey
41 501–600 King Saud University Saudi Arabia
42 501–600 National Chiao Tung University Taiwan
43 501–600 Tianjin University China
44 301–350 Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
45 601–800 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
46 351–400 Nankai University China
=47 401–500 University of Cyprus Cyprus
=47 301–350 Reykjavík University Iceland
=49 501–600 South China University of Technology China
=49 501–600 Southeast University China
51 501–600 Beihang University China
=52 501–600 National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (Taiwan Tech) Taiwan
=52 501–600 Tomsk State University Russian Federation
54 401–500 University of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
=55 501–600 University of Campinas Brazil
=55 501–600 Koç University Turkey
57 501–600 China Medical University, Taiwan Taiwan
58 501–600 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee India
=59 351–400 University of Crete Greece
=59 601–800 National Taiwan Normal University Taiwan
61 351–400 Indian Institute of Technology Indore India
62 501–600 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
=63 601–800 Indian Institute of Technology Madras India
=63 301–350 Indian Institute of Technology Ropar India
=63 351–400 Jordan University of Science and Technology Jordan
=66 601–800 Beijing Institute of Technology China
=66 401–500 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
=66 501–600 King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals Saudi Arabia
=66 501–600 Pontifical Catholic University of Chile Chile
=70 401–500 University of the Philippines Philippines
=70 401–500 Semmelweis University Hungary
72 501–600 Peter the Great St Petersburg Polytechnic University Russian Federation
=73 501–600 Institute of Chemical Technology India
=73 501–600 Renmin University of China China
=75 501–600 Bilkent University Turkey
=75 501–600 East China Normal University China
77 601–800 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur India
78 601–800 Universiti Teknologi Petronas Malaysia
=79 401–500 Hunan University China
=79 601–800 Mahidol University Thailand
=79 601–800 Northwestern Polytechnical University China
=82 501–600 National and Kapodistrian University of Athens Greece
=82 501–600 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation
84 501–600 Shenzhen University China
85 401–500 Quaid-i-Azam University Pakistan
86 601–800 Shandong University China
87 401–500 Cankaya University Turkey
88 601–800 Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) Brazil
89 601–800 National University of Science and Technology (MISiS) Russian Federation
90 601–800 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham India
=91 401–500 Covenant University Nigeria
=91 501–600 National Yang-Ming University Taiwan
=91 401–500 University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka
=94 401–500 University of Desarrollo Chile
=94 401–500 Diego Portales University Chile
=94 501–600 King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences Saudi Arabia
=97 401–500 Pontifical Javeriana University Colombia
=97 501–600 Xiamen University China
99 601–800 University of Electronic Science and Technology of China China
=100 601–800 Istanbul Technical University Turkey
=100 601–800 Saint Petersburg State University Russian Federation

Read more: See the full Emerging Economies Ranking 2020 here

Reader's comments (1)

Taiwan Number 1!

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Study Business & Management

Study Computer Science

Study Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering

Study Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Study Accounting & Finance

Study Biological Sciences