University moves up in latest world rankings


U-M is ranked as the world’s 17th top institution, according to Times Higher Education, moving up one spot 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 2014-2015.”

Phil Baty, editor of Times Higher Education rankings, stated that all the universities ranked have to meet high standards against tough, rigorous and comprehensive criteria.

“Making the top 20 in the world is an outstanding achievement, and perhaps even more impressive is the fact that Michigan has risen further up the table this year against a backdrop of falls for many of the U.S.’ leading public universities, and against mounting competition from rising stars in East Asia which have been enjoying strong financial support,” he said.

U-M was one of 15 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, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and Cornell University.

The ranking is one of two released annually by Times Higher Education. Earlier this year, U-M was ranked 15th 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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