No Surprise No. 1
University of Texas trounces Rice in the world college rankings: For reals?
The Center for World University Rankings (no, really) has revealed its inaugural list of the top 100 universities in the world. The organization, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, ranked universities on a set of seven criteria: Education quality, faculty quality, alumni employment, patents, publishing, faculty research citations and influence.
“This ranking confirms what we've known for a long time — that world-class universities are built by world-class faculty,” said UT president Bill Powers said.
The University of Texas came in at No. 30 in the world — 27 spots ahead of Rice University, Houston's Harvard.
Contributing to UT's high ranking are a host of prestigious awards that have been won by current faculty members, including the Nobel Prize, the Wolf Prize, the Turing Award and the Schock Prize.
“This ranking confirms what we've known for a long time — that world-class universities are built by world-class faculty,” Texas president Bill Powers said in a statement.
“I’m gratified that excellence at UT Austin has been recognized by yet another organization with a multifaceted analysis of the world’s best academies. This is more good news for Texas alumni, whose diplomas increase in value the higher our rankings go.”
Not surprisingly, The Center's No. 1 ranking went to the actual Harvard University, followed by MIT (No. 2) and Stanford University (No. 3).
Other Texas institutions among the 57 American schools that made the world Top 100 are UT Southwestern Medical Center (No. 29) in Dallas, Texas A&M (No. 73 — that has to hurt) and the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (No. 96) in Houston.