UW-Madison once again makes top 50 in World University Rankings

September 5, 2017 By Käri Knutson
Photo: Cindy I-Fen Cheng sitting in front of chalk board talking to student

Associate Professor Cindy I-Fen Cheng teaches a Studies in American History discussion course in the Humanities Building. Teaching is one of five criteria that Times Higher Education considers in its World University Rankings. Photo: Bryce Richter

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has risen from 45th last year to 43rd this year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. For the second year in a row, the university ranked 23rd within the United States out of 157 institutions.

Times Higher Ed ranks 1,000 institutions from 77 countries. It judges research-intensive universities in five categories: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).

For this most recent ranking, UW–Madison’s research score increased from 71.4 (out of a possible 100) to 73.9.

While UW–Madison rose slightly in the rankings, Times Higher Ed noted that as a group, American universities are losing ground to China, the United Kingdom and other countries. Nearly half (29 out of 62) of the U.S. institutions in the top 200 saw their rankings fall, largely due to a lack of state and federal support. Support for research is a key factor — about the same number of U.S. institutions have seen declines in their research income since last year.

In contrast, five of China’s seven top-200 representatives saw a boost in their research income, meaning that some leading U.S. universities have now been overtaken by Asian institutions. And for the first time in the 13-year history of the rankings, the United Kingdom is home to the top two institutions.

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