UT Austin Ranked In Top 30 of World’s Best Universities

Published on July 28th, 2014

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The University of Texas in Austin ranked as the 22nd best university in the country and 29th best university in the world in a recently published 2014 Center for World University Rankings.

The Center for World University Rankings use eight different factors to determine a schools ranking:

  1. Education Quality – the number of alumni who’ve won international awards, prizes and medals (note: this is relative to the university’s size).
  2. Alumni Employment – percentage of alumni who currently work in CEO positions at top companies.
  3. Faculty Quality – percentage of faculty members who’ve won international awards, prizes and medals.
  4. Publications – number of research papers written from students which appear in major journals.
  5. Influence – number of research papers in “highly-influential” journals.
  6. Citations – number of research paper citations mentioning the school.
  7. Broad Impact – measurement of the school’s h-Index.
  8. Patents – number of patents filed by the school and its students.

University of Texas President Bill Powers issued a statement, citing the importance of “world-class faculty” in modern education.

“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. “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.”

According to the UT website, the single most influential factor in helping the school achieve such a high ranking as its faculty. UT faculty members have won dozens upon dozens of awards and accolades, including the Nobel Prize, Schock Prize, Turing Award, and the World Prize. The Center for World University Rankings bases 25% of its ranking decision on this criteria.

Crash Course History Lesson on UT Austin…

The origins of the University of Texas Austin can be traced back to the 1830s, when Texas obtained independence from Mexico. When Congress adopted the Constitution of Republic in 1836, it included a provision to create two universities, one of which would become the UT. It wasn’t until 1882, however, when construction began, with its doors finally opening on September 15, 1883.

The Victorian-Gothic Main Building served as the primary hub for UT for over 40 years. Due to the school’s growth, however, it needed a larger building to accommodate its students and faculty. In the 1930s, the old building was replaced with the modern-day tower and current Main Building.

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