(May 6, 2014) -- For the third year in a row, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has been named one of the best new universities in the world. The Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 ranking considers universities less than 50 years old and is based on performance indicators including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.
UTSA is one of only eight American universities ranked on Times Higher Education's list of top young institutions across the world.
"This recognition is another affirmation of UTSA's commitment to world-class education and research," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It is a testament to our faculty, students and researchers who are making discoveries and creating new knowledge that betters society."
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.
Other U.S. universities to make 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.
UTSA prides itself on giving students a well-rounded education. Combining a top-tier academic program with opportunities for personal growth prepares students to compete in a global economy. And that's not all. They learn to be informed and engaged citizens as well. At the heart of that academic program is an award-winning core curriculum.
For four consecutive years, UTSA has received an A-rating from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for the caliber of its core curriculum. According to ACTA, UTSA requires its students to take six of the seven courses deemed "crucial" to a well-rounded education: composition, literature, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics and science. Only a handful of other institutions in the U.S. are giving students these tools, which are needed to succeed in careers and the community.
Did you know? UTSA is one of only three Texas institutions and 23 in the United States to receive the highest rating for its core curriculum in the 2014-2015 edition of the ACTA's "What Will They Learn?" report.
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