Earlier this month in the State of the University Address, I talked about the accomplishments and the amazing transformation of UTSA. We are making significant strides in our ascent to premier research university status.
You can see that transformation in the expansion of our research spending by nearly 76 percent over the last five years. We've recruited top faculty to focus on our strongest research areas of health, cyber security, energy, sustainability and social development. You see it across the campus in our construction projects. In the community, you see it in the way our football team has been embraced by San Antonio.
You see it in our capital campaign and the willingness of UTSA supporters to help achieve our goals. In a short time, we have reached $110 million of the $120 million goal of We Are UTSA: A Top-Tier Campaign, which continues through 2015.
But, there is another transformation that is just as powerful… our increasing influence in the world.
This month, the prestigious UK-based Times Higher Education magazine ranked UTSA in the top 400 universities in the world, one of only 70 U.S. public universities to be included. The 17,000 academic peers from 137 countries who were surveyed ranked us on teaching, international outlook, industry income, research and citations. They are paying attention to what we are doing and what we have to offer.
UTSA's ranking was particularly influenced by the high number of citations of our work -- research that stood out, was picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, shared in the global academic community to push the boundaries of new knowledge and ideas.
This is a tremendous honor for UTSA and everyone who has been associated with the university. We are preparing the best informed, best engaged students who will transform our community, our nation… and the world. Let's continue working together to build a Tier One university.
The University of Texas at San Antonio
"We are preparing the best informed, best engaged students who will transform our community, our nation… and the world. Let's continue working together to build a Tier One university."