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Week of October 7, 2013

University rises in latest Times Higher Education world rankings

The University of Michigan is ranked as the world’s 18th top institution according to Times Higher Education, moving up two spots from last year.

The annual list ranks the top 400 universities worldwide and is based on 13 performance indicators separated into five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

The London-based higher education magazine worked with Thomson Reuters to produce “World University Rankings 2013-2014.”

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education Rankings, noted they are the only global rankings to judge world-class research institutions against all of their core activities: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

“The University of Michigan’s rise up the rankings is particularly impressive, demonstrating strength right across the board on a wide range of metrics,” he said.

U-M was one of 14 U.S. universities making the top 20. That list includes California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, Yale University, University of California-Los Angeles, Columbia University, John Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania and Duke University.

The ranking is one of two released annually by Times Higher Education. Earlier this year, U-M was ranked 12th in the organization’s annual Reputation Rankings, which are based on results from an invitation-only survey of scholars from around the world.


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