On Thursday, July 5, The Center for World University Rankings announced its inaugural list of the top 100 universities in the world. The organization, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ranked universities on a set of seven criteria: education quality, faculty quality, alumni employment, patents, publishing, faculty research citations and influence.
“This ranking confirms what we've known for a long time — that world-class universities are built by world-class faculty,” said UT President Bill Powers.
The University of Texas at Austin ranked No. 30 based on the outlined qualifiers. Contributing to UT's high ranking are a host of prestigious awards that have been won by current faculty members, including the Nobel Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Turing Award and the Schock Prize.
“This ranking confirms what we've known for a long time — that world-class universities are built by world-class faculty,” said UT President Bill Powers in an official press release.
“I’m gratified that excellence at UT Austin has been recognized by yet another organization with a multifaceted analysis of the world’s best academies. This is more good news for Texas alumni, whose diplomas increase in value the higher our rankings go.”
Not surprisingly, The Center's No. 1 ranking went to Ivy League Harvard University, followed by elite insitutions MIT (No. 2) and Stanford University (No. 3).
Still, UT is in good company. Other Texas institutions on the list included UT Southwestern Medical Center (No. 29), Rice University (No. 57), Texas A&M (No. 73) and UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (No. 96).