Today, Times Higher Education, a London-based publication that is one of the top observers of higher education globally, named UT Austin the No. 25 university in the world. The publication stated:
“UT Austin’s impressive performance this year sees it enter the top 25 of the world’s best universities. Even more remarkably, this jump from 29 to 25 comes amidst an alarming sector-wide decline for the U.S., with 51 institutions falling down the table in the face of mounting competition from heavy-spending Asian nations. UT Austin is one of a minority of American universities resilient to the challenge posed by the East in 2012, and it is rightly rewarded with a place in the world’s top 25.”
In case you missed it, that’s best in the world, not just the United States, and it’s “universities,” not “public universities.” And when we consider that we are keeping company with universities that are hundreds of years old, and schools with private endowments and public funding that dwarfs ours, we have that much more to be proud of.
Times Higher Education uses 13 separate performance indicators in five categories to examine a university’s strengths in all of its core missions — teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook. Here is how we scored (out of 100) in each of those five categories:
- Teaching – 75.5
- Research – 80.7
- Citations – 91.0
- Industry Income – 57.9
- International Outlook – 42.1
These combine to give us an overall score of 78.8.
If we can make the world’s top 25 with the relatively low funding we have now, imagine what we could do with a robust and sustained commitment. I’m prouder of UT every day.
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