U-M listed No. 21 in annual Times Higher Education world rankings


The University of Michigan is ranked No. 21 in the world, according to the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings released Sept. 11.

U-M ranked as one of only three public institutions in the U.S. in the top 21. The others are University of California, Berkeley (13) and University of California, Los Angeles (17).

The annual list ranks over 1,300 universities from 92 countries based on 13 performance indicators, which are separated into five categories: 30 percent teaching; 30 percent research; 30 percent citations; 7.5 percent international outlook; and 2.5 percent industry income.

“It’s not surprising to see American dominance of global higher education continue. The U.S. plays host to an incredible number of world-class institutions and many of the most talented academics and students in the world,” said Phil Baty, THE rankings editor. “Encouragingly, success in this year’s rankings was not confined to Ivy League heavyweights.”

The London-based higher education magazine worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers for the calculation of the 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The ranking is one of two released annually by Times Higher Education. Earlier this year, U-M was ranked No. 15 for the third straight year 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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