The University of Michigan maintained its position as the 15th top university in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings released May 30.
The 2018 Reputation Rankings are based on the results from an invitation-only survey of more than 10,000 academics. Institutions are ranked according to their data on their reputation for research and teaching.
U-M is one of only three U.S. public institutions in the top 20. The others are the University of California, Berkeley (6) and the University of California, Los Angeles (9). The United States has 44 institutions on the list.
“This list of the top 100 most prestigious universities in the world, based on a worldwide survey of more than 10,000 senior scholars, is highly competitive, with 21 countries represented and with several key Asian universities making strong progress again,” says Phil Baty, THE rankings editor.
“So for the University of Michigan to hold its position not only as one of the most highly regarded universities in the U.S., but in the entire world, is a great achievement.
“Having a powerful global reputation for excellence in research and teaching, as this new data demonstrates, is crucial in a highly competitive global market for academic and student talent, and for attracting the right strategic partners and investors.”
The invitation-only survey was distributed in 15 languages this year.
This Times Higher Education ranking is one of two released annually by the organization. The more comprehensive World University Rankings were released in fall 2017. That 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. 21 on that list.