AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin rose 10 spots to No. 39 in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
UT Austin ranked No. 23 in the U.S. and No. 7 among U.S. public universities.
The editors singled out Yale University and UT Austin for making major advances this year, attributing UT Austin’s leap to “significant increases in its institutional income and research volume.”
The Times Higher Education ranking is one of the oldest and most respected global rankings of universities. It relies on a combination of reputation surveys and quantitative metrics in five areas: teaching, research, research citations, international outlook and industry income.
Times Higher Education does not publish detailed information on the data behind the metrics, but UT’s rise correlates with recent expansions in research funding, research reputation and academic reputation.
Executive Vice President and Provost Maurie McInnis told the editors that investments in faculty compensation and interdisciplinary research, combined with the addition of the new Dell Medical School, are enhancing UT’s research impact.
“By placing greater emphasis on doctoral programs and strategic hiring, the university aims to become even stronger in years to come,” said McInnis.
Other Texas universities placing in the ranking include Rice University (No. 86), Texas A&M University (No. 159) and UT Dallas (in the range of Nos. 201-250).
UT Austin has done well in several other recent global rankings.
The university was No. 31 in the latest Center for World University Rankings, No. 32 in U.S. News & World Report’s latest ranking of Best Global Universities and No. 23 in the world for scientific research in the 2017 Nature Index.