UTSA ranked among top 500 world universities by prestigious Shanghai study

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(May 22, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been rated one of the top 500 universities in the world according to the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. The Academic Ranking is one of the top measurements for the performance of universities worldwide.

UTSA already is ranked among the world's top 100 universities under 50 years old and is one of just 70 U.S. institutions ranked among the top 400 universities worldwide by Times Higher Education, another leading world ranking measurement.

UTSA is one of only 150 U.S. universities to make the Shanghai study's top 500 universities. It ranked more than 1,200 universities in 43 countries.

The Shanghai ranking measures academics and research performance such as quality of education; quality of faculty, including highly cited researchers in 21 broad subject categories; research output, including papers published in the leading international scientific journals Nature and Science and papers indexed in major citation indices; and the per capita academic performance of an institution.

"This recognition is a testament to how far UTSA has come in our climb to Tier One," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "To be included in the two most prestigious higher education academic rankings shows that our exceptional work is on par with many of the best institutions in the world."

For example, neuroscientist George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences, is one of the most cited Alzheimer's researchers in the world. His innovative research focuses on determining the sequence of events leading to damage caused by increased oxidative stress, which he has determined is the initial cellular indicator of Alzheimer's disease. Perry is one of the top 100 most-cited scientists in neuroscience and behavior and one of the top 25 scientists in free radical research, with more than 34,000 citations.

Likewise, UTSA biology professor Astrid Cardona researches the immune system's response to chronic inflammatory diseases that affect the central nervous system like multiple sclerosis and diabetes. Her discovery on how microglial cell behavior can be modified to improve these disorders was published in Nature. This paper alone has been cited 92 times.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities assesses universities based on performance indicators in four categories: Quality of Education (10 percent); Quality of Faculty (40 percent); Research Output (40 percent) and Per Capita Performance (10 percent), which is determined by the weighted scores of the previous three categories divided by the number of full-time equivalent academic staff.


The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.