UB moves up in world university rankings, says Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education has again named the University at Buffalo as one of the world’s top 200 universities.

UB is ranked 176th in the 2013-14 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, up from last year’s ranking of 198. The ranking assesses the performance of the world’s best research universities, using 13 performance indicators to analyze how well universities are doing in core missions of teaching, research, faculty citations, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Times Higher Education is a leading higher education magazine based in London. The data for the rankings were collected by Thomson Reuters, which considered about 700 institutions in 69 countries.

According to the ranking methodology, UB ranked particularly high in faculty citations, which examines “research influence” by capturing the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally.  The citations indicate how much each university is contributing to the sum of human knowledge, according to Times Higher Education. “They tell us whose research has stood out, has been picked up and built on by other scholars and, most importantly, has been shared around the global scholarly community to push further the boundaries of our collective understanding, irrespective of discipline.”

UB also ranked highly in international outlook, which examines diversity on campus and to what degree faculty collaborate with international colleagues on research projects – “both signs of how global an institution is in its outlook,” according to Times Higher Education.

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