U-M 19th in Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings


U-M is ranked as the 19th top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released Wednesday.

The 2015 Reputation Rankings are based on the results from an invitation-only survey from 10,507 academics in 141 countries.

U-M is one of only three public institutions in the U.S. in the top 20. The others are University of California, Berkeley (6) and U-C, Los Angeles (13). The United States has 43 institutions on the list.

The invitation-only survey was distributed in 15 languages this year, up from nine last year.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings, explained that due to improvements to the distribution of the survey and its availability in a wider range of languages, the number of responses from the United States dropped.

“Last year, 25 percent of all responses were from the United States, while this year, the total was 16 percent,” Baty said. “This is more representative of the global distribution of scholars, so it is a more fair assessment, but it could help explain a small dip for the University of Michigan.” U-M ranked No. 15 on the list in 2014.

This year, Times Higher Education featured an article by President Mark Schlissel about U-M’s global education. 

Schlissel writes that Michigan’s approach to global education — collaboration, capacity building and leveraging, all driven by mutual benefits — is working all over the world, with programs developed on six continents.

The Times Higher Education ranking is one of two released annually by the organization. The more comprehensive World University Rankings were released in fall 2014. The annual list ranks the top 400 universities and is based on 13 performance indicators separated into five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. U-M ranked No. 17 on that list. 


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