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To celebrate Roadrunner Nation’s biggest accomplishments, UTSA Today is looking back at the top news stories of 2017. Here’s number four.
(Dec. 28, 2017) -- UTSA is ranked among the top four young universities in the United States and among the top 68 young universities in the world under 50 years old, according to Times Higher Education's prestigious Young University Rankings. UTSA's international standing increased nine places from 2016, when it was ranked No. 77.
The 2017 ranking, released today, included 200 universities under the age of 50 from around the world and measured excellence in teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income.
UTSA scored particularly strong in the citations category, which measured research influence by examining the number of times a university's published research was cited by scholars around the world. To develop the measurement, which accounted for 30 percent of the ranking's overall score, Times Higher Education reviewed the citations of more than 11.3 million journal articles from 2011 to 2015.
UTSA also ranked high in research, which accounted for an additional 30 percent of the overall ranking. UTSA s a top-tier research university with core strengths in cybersecurity and cloud computing, brain health and biomedicine, social issues, education, advanced materials and sustainability. Over the last decade, it has expanded its research initiatives and created additional research opportunities for students by recruiting faculty members who are highly sought-after in their fields. These researchers joined UTSA from universities such as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Stanford, Purdue and MIT.
Other UTSA strengths included international outlook, reflecting its ability to attract students, faculty members and research collaborators from around the world, and industry income, which measured UTSA's commercialization activity including innovations, inventions and industry consultancies.
"Times Higher Education's rankings are widely considered some of the most respected international measures of excellence in higher education," said UTSA Interim President Dr. Pedro Reyes. "This ranking is an affirmation that our academic and research programs are among the top in the world and our students are getting world-class education and training to prepare them for their careers."
Only four other U.S. universities made this year's Young Universities list. They include UT-Dallas (#21), Rush University (#33), George Mason University (#47) and Florida International University (#89).
View the complete 2017 list of Times Higher Education's best young universities in the world.
Learn more about Time's Higher Education's Young University Ranking methodology.
During the forums, the UTSA community will have the opportunity to hear each finalist give an overview of their qualifications, their interest in the position and their vision, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.Various Locations, Main Campus
Co-sponsored by UTSA, the regional conference provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history and the general public to share information on research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region. The conference is free and open to the public.San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing event (weather permitting).Flawn Sciences Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory, FLN 4th floor, Main Campus
Future Roadrunners experience life and opportunities at UTSA during this one day Fall Open House.Various locations, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will welcome historian Gregory Peek of Penn State University and a panel of music scene personalities to recount the Alamo City’s place in the heavy metal landscape.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA is an early voting site for the statewide General Election.H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
More than 75 local, state and national graduate and professional schools will showcase their programs at the Main Campus. It's free and open to the public. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance.Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus