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The 10 best small-scale universities in the world

The California Institute of Technology (USA) topped Times Higher Education's 2020 list of the best under 5,000 students in 2020.

THE world's best small university rankings include schools that appeared in THE 2020 world university rankings, teaching more than four subjects and having fewer than 5,000 students.

This year, the average number of students in an institution participating in this ranking is 2,603. Compared to the average number of students at an institution in THE global university rankings, this number is close to one-tenth. Here are the top 10:

1. California Institute of Technology - Caltech (USA)

2020 is the fourth time in a row that Caltech holds this position. The school is also ranked second on the world university rankings of THE 2020. These are good rankings with a university with just over 2,200 students like Caltech.

Famous Caltech offers a wide range of science and technology programs taught by world-renowned academics as well as modern facilities. The university's 39 alumni have won a Nobel Prize.

2. Ecole Polytechnique (France)

École Polytechnique is one of the most prestigious universities in France and is especially well known for its engineering programs. Jianfei Zhang, a Chinese student at the École Polytechnique, said that its students value the small class model and the student-to-teacher ratio. "This really helps us to master the scientific concepts, which is not always possible in major universities," said Jianfei Zhang.

The number of students at the École Polytechnique is small (more than 3,000) but is diverse, from 60 countries.

3. Pohang University of Science and Technology - POSTECH (Korea)

POSTECH was established in 1986 to provide an advanced education for future engineers. The University also offers courses and opportunities for students to become entrepreneurs such as joining clubs, start-up groups, and patent training.

Currently, more than 3,200 students study at POSTECH with a student-to-faculty ratio of 10.3. The rate of international students reaches 3%.

4. Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies - Pisa (Italy)

The school has only 776 students. To study, students must score very high on the entrance exam and must be fluent in two languages. The excellent students will be awarded scholarships to study for free at the school.

Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies has many outstanding alumni, famous scientists and politicians in Italy, such as former Italian Prime Minister Giuliano Amato or neuroscientist Giuliano Tononi.

5. Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa (Italy)

This is the smallest school on the list with less than 600 students currently enrolled. The school was founded in 1810, mainly teaching the humanities, politics, sociology.

Many famous people who studied at the school such as poet Giosue Carducci, Nobel Prize winner in Physics Carlo Rubbia, physicist Enrico Fermi, former Italian Prime Minister Carlo Ciampi or mathematician Alessio Figalli.

School building Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Photo: Shutterstock.

School building Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Photo: Shutterstock.

6. Télécom Paris (France)

Télécom Paris has a highly selective admissions process, recruiting around 250 graduate students each year, about a third of whom come from abroad. Currently, the total number of students of the university is more than 920, studying in subjects such as electronics, computer science, signal and imaging processing, social sciences and economics.

The school promotes the entrepreneurial spirit of the students. The school's business incubator typically has around 40 operating companies and has nearly 400 businesses established from those who participate in these incubators.

7. University of Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

Luxembourg University was established in 2003 with a student population of more than 4,600. The school is highly regarded for giving lectures in multiple languages, including French, German and English. In particular, university students are also required to study for a semester abroad.

8. National Institute of Science and Technology Ulsan - UNIST (Korea)

The school was established in 2009 with more than 4,100 students, with great ambition when wanting to enter the top 10 science and technology universities in the world by 2030.

Currently, all courses are taught in English. The University also promotes the internationalization of students and faculty. The international student rate is currently 8%.

9. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)

The school was established in 1880, currently has more than 2,300 students with the ratio of students to faculty is 8.9. The university's students often score very high because they are recruited from preparatory schools across France. In addition, other students can also study at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon if they pass rigorous entrance tests.

10. Alfaisal University (Saudi Arabia)

Alfaisal University is located in the Saudi capital Riyadh, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs in five areas including business, engineering, medicine, pharmacy and science. With more than 2,500 students, the ratio of students to faculty is 10.4 and the compact teaching group models, the school is highly appreciated.

In addition to the school rankings, THE drew direct opinions from students about what they liked most about studying at a small university. The answer is often that the class with fewer students will be more favorable, the relationship with the faculty will become closer and closer, and the sense of community is greater. Those who have attended large city-based schools appreciate living on a quiet, intimate campus without missing the hustle and bustle of the city

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