POSTECH is Ranked Word’s Third Best Small University
POSTECH is Ranked Word’s Third Best Small University
  • Reporter Lee Sang-hui
  • 승인 2017.04.07 10:35
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POSTECH has been ranked in third place in world’s small university rankings, presented by Times Higher Education (THE) on Mar. 7. This is especially notable since POSTECH beat the École Polytechnique, the French university time-honored over 222 years. École Polytechnique is a representative university among Grandes Écoles, the French elite educational establishments for a select few. THE conducted the evaluation of world’s small universities for the second time. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in U.S. is ranked first and École Normale Supérieure in France is ranked second. Third and fourth swapped positions: POSTECH and École Polytechnique.
THE stated, “The structure and operation of POSTECH was inspired by Caltech, and it seems that this system of running a small science and technology research-focused university has worked well for both universities, as both have maintained their top five positions in the 2017 World’s Best Small University ranking. 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.”
President Kim Do-Yeon said, “This is an unparalleled occasion around the globe that in only 30 years a university grew so rapidly and joined ranks with top universities such as École Normale Supérieure and École Polytechnique. I appreciate everyone’s efforts over the past 30 years. These efforts enabled POSTECH to receive a favorable evaluation in research and education at world class level. Based on the result, contributing more directly to both society and the nation, we will embark efforts toward a truly world top university.”
Caltech ranked number one for the second consecutive year. Founded in California, 1981, Caltech is an internationally recognized university in science and technology. Prominent scientists, including Albert Einstein, Linus Pauling, and Richard Feynman, were engaged in teaching at Caltech.
École Normale Supérieure held the second rank both last year and this year. Established by Napoleon in the 18th century, École Normale Supérieure cultivates leaders in public services, corporations, and organs of public opinion. They have also produced various Nobel Prize winners in science and humanities.
École Polytechnique is an elite school known as French technology academy. École Polytechnique is prepares students to work in national institutes, public institutions, and high ranking government positions. Three presidents, including Giscard d'Estaing, and CEOs of many major French companies, including Bernard Arnault, have graduated from the university

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