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The Today File

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October 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM

London publication ranks UW 24th in world

A newly-released international ranking of the world’s best universities has placed the University of Washington 24th — one place higher than last year.

Among American public universities, the UW was ranked 4th.

The Times Higher Education magazine’s world rankings puts seven American universities among the top 10 in the world; 76 American schools made the top 200 . But in a release on the rankings, The Times, based in London, noted that “the dominance of the U.S. masks worrying falls for many of its institutions, in stark contrast to significant gains by the top Asian universities.

“Of the US’s 76 top 200 representatives, 51 fell down the table in the face of mounting competition from heavy-spending Asian nations,” the release said. “The rankings show heavy casualties of the cuts to public funding for U.S. state universities.”

Still, even though Washington is one of those states that slashed higher education funding in recent years, the cuts don’t seem to have affected the UW’s standing.

The ratings, which were done in conjunction with global data provider Thomson Reuters, put the California Institute of Technology as the top-ranked school, with the UK’s University of Oxford second.

The magazine calls its rankings “the world’s most comprehensive and carefully calibrated global rankings, using 13 separate performance indicators to examine a university’s strengths against all of its core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.”

Schools that did not place in the top 200 were given a general ranking range. Washington State University was placed between 301st and 350th on the scale.

Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked the UW 46th in the nation. Another national publication, Washington Monthly, ranked the UW 8th in the U.S.

 

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