PORTSMOUTH University has been named in the top 100 of young universities worldwide.
Portsmouth was in joint 85th position, behind likes of Bath at 42nd and Plymouth at 37th.
For the first time, the UK has lost out to Australia in the annual league table of the best 100 universities worldwide under 50 years old.
In total, there were 15 UK institutions in the Times Higher Education table, compared to 16 Australian universities.
This year’s top young university, according to the rankings, is Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.
Universities are ranked on different factors including teaching, research, and international outlook.
Rankings editor Phil Baty said: ‘The UK has lost its position as top nation in the 100 Under 50 to Australia.’