UTSA ranked among top 100 world universities under 50 years old

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(June 25, 2013) -- For the second consecutive year, Times Higher Education (THE) ranks The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) among the top 100 universities under 50 years old. The rankings are based on performance indicators including research, citations, teaching, international outlook and industry income.

UTSA is one of only eight American universities ranked in Times Higher Education's list of top young institutions around the world. UTSA also is recognized in the Times Higher Education annual World University Rankings, which ranks the top 400 universities of any age worldwide.

"It is such an honor for UTSA to be recognized among this new generation of universities across the world," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "It speaks to the culture of excellence that thrives at UTSA and is another affirmation of our progression to Tier One status as a research institution."

In the area of research, three indicators including the university's research volume, income and prestige determined the ranking. The performance indicator of citations examines an institution's research influence through the number of times its published works were cited by scholars around the world. The teaching category's indicators were based on the Thomson Reuters Academic Reputations Survey, faculty-to-student ratio, ratio of Ph.D. to bachelor's degrees awarded by each institution and institutional income scaled against academic staff members. The international outlook category looked at both diversity on campus and how the university's faculty collaborated with international colleagues on research projects.

UTSA had a higher overall score compared to last year's ranking due to increased individual scores in the categories of teaching, international outlook, industry income and research. Industry income changed the most with a 6.9 increase in score over last year's ranking results. This increase is likely due to the strategic growth of the UTSA Office of Commercialization and its role in protecting unique faculty and student discoveries and formalizing new research partnerships with organizations in the United States and abroad, making it easy for industry collaborators to partner with UTSA.

Other U.S. universities to make the list were Florida International University; George Mason University; University of California at Irvine; University of California at Santa Cruz; University of Illinois at Chicago; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and University of Texas at Dallas.

"These are exciting times for anyone involved in education, and Times Higher Education's pioneering 100 Under 50 ranking not only provides a welcome insight into the rising stars of global higher education, but also heralds a shifting world order in innovation and research. In my opinion, it is the best ranking of its kind," said Antony Seldon, master of Wellington College, in an article published by Reuters.

In addition to the THE rankings, UTSA is one of only 150 U.S. universities ranked among the top 500 universities worldwide by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, an annual study prepared by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.