Again and Better – POSTECH Ranked Third Best Small University in the World


POSTECH is the third best small university in the world, according to 2017 ranking by the London-based Times Higher Education (THE), a leading publisher of higher education analysis and world university rankings.

POSTECH was number four in the 2016 THE ranking, behind California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and two of France’s most prestigious universities, École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and École Polytechnique.

This year, POSTECH has climbed above École Polytechnique to claim third place.

THE noted that “the structure and operation of POSTECH was inspired by Caltech” and how “this system of running a small science and technology research-focused university” has enabled POSTECH to replicate Caltech’s success and maintain its top five position in the World’s Best Small University ranking for two consecutive years.

THE added that “POSTECH students hail the small classes and the fact that professors know them by name as one of the main reasons why they love studying there (at the university).”

Caltech, the defending champion of the Best Small University ranking, has impressive credentials with successful graduates and affiliates that includes 34 Nobel laureates. World-famous scientists and engineers such as Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and Richard Feynman had been affiliated with the university.

ENS, which remained in second place, is also an established institution well known for training of leaders in academia and public administration. École Polytechnique has produced three Presidents of France and many CEOs, as well.

POSTECH is continuously ranked among the worlds’ most prestigious universities despite its short 30 year history, proving its excellence in research and education.

“We will continue to achieve high-impact research and top-quality education and contribute to society with our excellence,” President Doh-Yeon Kim of POSTECH commented.