(June 25, 2013) -- For the second consecutive year, Times Higher Education (THE) ranks The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) among the top 100 universities under 50 years old. The rankings are based on performance indicators including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.
UTSA is one of only eight American universities ranked in Times Higher Education's list of top young institutions around the world. UTSA also is recognized in the Times Higher Education annual World University Rankings, which ranks the top 400 universities of any age worldwide.
"It is such an honor for UTSA to be recognized among this new generation of universities across the world," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It speaks to the culture of excellence that thrives at UTSA and is another affirmation of our progression to Tier One status as a research institution."
In the area of research, three indicators including the university's research volume, income and prestige determined the ranking. The performance indicator of citations examines an institution's research influence through the number of times its published works were cited by scholars around the world. The teaching category's indicators were based on the Thomson Reuters Academic Reputations Survey, faculty-to-student ratio, ratio of Ph.D. to bachelor's degrees awarded by each institution and institutional income scaled against academic staff members. The international outlook category looked at both diversity on campus and how the university's faculty collaborated with international colleagues on research projects.
UTSA had a higher overall score compared to last year's ranking due to increased individual scores in the categories of teaching, international outlook, industry income and research. Industry income changed the most with a 6.9 increase in score over last year's ranking results. This increase is likely due to the strategic growth of the UTSA Office of Commercialization and its role in protecting unique faculty and student discoveries and formalizing new research partnerships with organizations in the United States and abroad, making it easy for industry collaborators to partner with UTSA.
Other U.S. universities to make the list were Florida International University; George Mason University; University of California at Irvine; University of California at Santa Cruz; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and University of Texas at Dallas.
"These are exciting times for anyone involved in education, and Times Higher Education's pioneering 100 Under 50 ranking not only provides a welcome insight into the rising stars of global higher education, but also heralds a shifting world order in innovation and research. In my opinion, it is the best ranking of its kind," said Antony Seldon, master of Wellington College, in an article published by Reuters.
In addition to the THE rankings, UTSA is one of only 150 U.S. universities ranked among the top 500 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
UTSA Associate Dean/Associate Professor Francine Romero will sit down with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg for a wide-ranging conversation about the Mayor's vision for the City's future. Seating is at capacity but the San Antonio Express-News will stream it live.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The sympoisum will focus on the interface between aging and neurodegenerative diseases, will educate the wider research community about advancements in this fast-paced field and stimulate collaborative research in this area. Register online for this free event.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.106), Main Campus
The 23rd International Conference on Historical Linguistics is offering four special panels open and free to the San Antonio public July 31-Aug. 3 to mark the tricentennial next year. The event is co-sponsored by UTSA Research.
Hotel Contessa, 306 W. Market St., San Antonio
Orientation marks a major step toward becoming a Roadrunner. It is a unique experience designed to welcome freshmen and transfers to UTSA and ensure a successful transition into college. They will learn about UTSA, prepare for their first semester and have fun meeting other students. There is also a special Family Orientation program too.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
The College of Engineering hosts this seminar featuring Jeff Adams, Southwest Zone Quality Manager, Siemens Building Technologies Division. The event is free and open to the public.
Engineering Building (EB 3.04.30), Main Campus
After a day full of moving and getting settled into their new UTSA home, students and their families can have some refreshments and snacks at the Welcome Back Reception. The event tops off with the premiere performance of the Spirit of San Antonio, UTSA's Marching Band.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
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