Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, March 4, 2013

U-M remains a top university in world ranking

U-M maintains its ranking as the 12th top university in the world according to the Times Higher Education World Reputation rankings released March 4.

In its third year, the 2013 Reputation Rankings are based on results from an invitation-only survey from 16,639 academics from almost 150 countries.

U-M is one of only three public institutions in the U.S. in the top 20 – the others are University of California, Berkeley (5) and U-C, Los Angeles (8). The United States had 42 institutions on the list.

Phil Baty, editor of the Times Higher Education rankings said, “The World Reputation Rankings clearly demonstrate that when it comes to global academic reputation, many U.S. publics are very much among the best institutions not just in the U.S., but in the world.”

"However, among those U.S. institutions which are falling this year, the majority are public institutions that have suffered heavy funding cuts in recent times. There are clear warning signs that cuts are hurting their global standing. In this context, U-M’s 12th place, maintained from last year, is an exceptional result.”

While state funding has steadily declined for a decade, university officials noted U-M has worked hard to preserve and enhance academics at the same time that the institution has trimmed expenses.

The ranking is one of two released annually by the organization. Its more comprehensive World University rankings were released last fall. The annual list ranks the top 400 universities and is based on 13 performance indicators separated into five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook. U-M ranked 20th on that list.

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