UMass named one of 100 best universities in the world

The University of Massachusetts has been named one of the world's top 100 universities by Times Higher Education in the magazine's annual global survey released today.

UMass was ranked #91 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, jumping 41 places in a single year and moving it into the top 20 of U.S. public universities. The rankings, considered the premier comparison of universities internationally, use 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university's strengths against all its core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. About 700 universities are pre-selected for inclusion in the survey using public research excellence data before further data is collected and analyzed.

UMass was ranked 19th of all public universities in the U.S, and first in New England. Among private and public universities, UMass placed 7th in the six-state New England region. The California Institute of Technology was rated the highest of all universities, followed by Harvard and Oxford. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology came in sixth.

UMass President Robert L. Caret said he was pleased with this global recognition of the University's commitment to excellence. "This world ranking reflects the hard work of staff, faculty and students, the high quality teaching on all five UMass campuses, and the University's leading edge research," he said.

Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty said that universities must meet high standards against rigorous and comprehensive criteria and that climbing 41 places since last year's rankings is a significant achievement. "This accomplishment is perhaps made more impressive by the fact that the University of Massachusetts has risen further up the table this year against a backdrop of falls for many of the USA's universities, and against mounting competition from rising stars in East Asia which have been enjoying strong financial support," he said.

This 41-spot jump in the Times Higher Education World University ranking follows substantial gains made by individual UMass campuses in national rankings, including U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, Kiplinger's and Payscale. Said President Caret, "We work to continually improve the quality and value of a UMass education, and it is gratifying to have our success acknowledged not only nationally, but also on the world stage."

UMass Board of Trustee Chairman Henry M. Thomas III said the board took great pride in this latest in a string of the University's accomplishments, "Massachusetts is a leader in education, and its public research university is recognized as a leader in higher education worldwide. We are grateful for this recognition of our achievements and the commitment we make to progress each and every year."

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, formerly a publication of Times of London Group, became independent in 2005. The annual rankings, now published by TES Global Ltd. of London, are considered to be one of the most authoritative and influential rankings of universities internationally.

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