Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Times Higher Education recognizes UTSA as one of the top young universities in the world

Times Higher Education recognizes UTSA as one of the top young universities in the world

Excellence in academics and research contributed to UTSA's high world and national ranking.

(June 7, 2018) – The University of Texas at San Antonio has once again been recognized for excellence in academics and research. Times Higher Education this week released its annual Young University Rankings, placing UTSA among the top five young universities in the United States and among the top 73 young universities in the world under 50 years old.

The 2018 ranking includes 250 universities from 55 different countries and measures 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 12.4 million journal articles, article reviews, conference proceedings and books and book chapters published from 2012 to 2016.

UTSA also ranked high in research, which accounted for an additional 30 percent of the overall ranking. A premier research university, UTSA’s core strengths in advanced materials and manufacturing; cloud, cybersecurity, computing, analytics and data sciences; integrated biomedicine including neuroscience/brain health, regenerative and molecular medicine, and infectious diseases; social and education policy and innovation; sustainable communities and critical infrastructure.

Over the last decade, UTSA 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 have joined UTSA from universities such as Harvard, Columbia, Georgia Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins University and Cairo University in Egypt.

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.

“It is an honor for UTSA to once again be recognized by Times Higher Education as a world-class discovery and knowledge enterprise,” said President Taylor Eighmy. “This ranking affirms UTSA’s commitment to taking on the grand challenges of our time and bringing impactful solutions to the world.”

Only five other U.S. universities made this Times Higher Education’s 2018 Young Universities Ranking. They include University of Alabama at Birmingham (#10), UT-Dallas (#31), George Mason University (tie #51), Rush University (tie #51) and Florida International University (#99).

This is the sixth time that UTSA has been included in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings. The university also was included in the publication's 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017 rankings.

UTSA is a public urban serving university specializing in health, cybersecurity, energy 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. 

- Courtney Clevenger


View the complete 2018 list of Times Higher Education's top young universities in the world.

Learn more about Times Higher Education's Young University Ranking methodology.

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