Two rankings put UD among world's top universities


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3:41 p.m., Sept. 16, 2010----Two recent rankings have placed the University of Delaware among the world's top universities.

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In a ranking of the top 500 high impact universities around the world based on a research performance index, UD is listed at 165, and another ranking of the world's top 200 universities puts UD at 159.

High Impact Universities

The research ranking is on an Australian website, High Impact Universities 2010, that is a pilot project to benchmark the research performance of the world's top universities. The basis of the rankings is a numerical measure of the quality and consistency of publication or research output.

Universities are ranked on an overall basis, and by faculty rankings for different disciplinary groups.

UD's overall ranking of 165 puts it between the University of Tennessee Knoxville (164) and Baylor College of Medicine (166).

In the rankings by disciplinary group, UD is in the top 100 for two areas: “Engineering, Computing and Technology” at 69, and “Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences” at 97.

World University Rankings

The University's rank of 159 is included in a list of the top 200 universities in the world in annual rankings released Sept. 16 by Times Higher Education of London.

With an overall score of 50.4, UD is tied with Erasmus University Rotterdam. Just before UD in the rankings are Indiana University and Iowa State University (both 156) and the Medical College of Georgia (158). Following UD are Arizona State University and Boston College (both 161), National Sun Yat-Sen University in Taiwan (163) and Georgetown University (164).

Among universities in North America, UD is ranked 72nd.

The rankings are based on evaluation of five categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international mix.

U.S. universities dominate the rankings, taking the five top slots: Harvard (1), California Institute of Technology (2), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (3), Stanford (4) and Princeton (5).