UIC in top 20 on list of world’s 100 young universities

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UIC is among seven U.S. universities included in the rankings of the world’s top 100 universities under 50 years old. Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin/UIC Photo Services



For the fourth consecutive year, UIC is one of four U.S. universities listed in the top 20 of an international ranking of the top 100 universities in the world that were founded less than 50 years ago.

Only seven U.S. universities are included on the entire list.

The Times Higher Education‘s 100 Under 50 list has included UIC in the top 20 among universities worldwide since it began the rankings in 2012. Only two other U.S. universities have been listed consistently in the top 20 — University of California, Irvine, and University of California, Santa Cruz. University of Texas at Dallas has made the top 20 for the last three years.

UIC’s place on the list has varied: No. 11 in 2012, No. 19 in 2013, No. 13 in 2014 and No. 18 this year.

Times Higher Education, published in the United Kingdom, said the 100 Under 50 list “provides a glimpse into the future, showcasing not those institutions with centuries of history, but the rising stars which show great potential.”

According to the publication, which also produces the annual World University Rankings, the institutions in the 100 Under 50 rankings are evaluated more for objective performance indicators such as teaching, research, citations, international outlook and innovation, and less for subjective indicators of academic reputation.

Young universities are “more responsive to societal and economic developments nationally and globally, ensuring the relevance of their teaching and research to students, scholars and partners,” wrote Brian MacCraith, president of Dublin City University, in an accompanying Times Higher Education analysis. “They tend to be innovative and more willing to engage with enterprise and civic society.”

The other U.S. institutions on this year’s 100 Under 50 list are George Mason (59), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (73) and Florida International University (79).


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