UIC Ranked 11th of World’s Best Young Universities

The University of Illinois at Chicago is ranked 11th on a list of the world’s best young universities published by Times Higher Education of the U.K.

The list, the first Times Higher Education “100 Under 50,” uses the same 13 performance indicators as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, but with a reduced weighting for subjective indicators of academic reputation. The objective performance factors include research volume, research influence, teaching and learning, international outlook, and industry innovation and income.

“The innovative Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 is not about the old institutions that dominate the traditional rankings; it is about a new breed of global universities — those that have managed to join the world’s top table in just decades rather than centuries, and others showing great promise for the future,” said Phil Baty, editor of the rankings.

“The new ranking gives us a glimpse of the future, hinting at who the future Harvard and Cambridge universities may be.”

UIC was founded in 1965 as the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. In 1982, Circle merged with the University of Illinois medical campus, a mile to the west, to create UIC.

“In its relatively short lifetime, UIC has not only earned its place among the world’s leading institutions of higher learning, but established a rich history of service to the city and the state,” said UIC Chancellor Paula Allen-Meares.

UIC was ranked third among U.S. institutions on the 100 Under 50 list, behind the University of California campuses at Irvine (4th) and Santa Cruz (7th). Nine U.S. institutions made the list of 100.

The complete list is online (PDF).

UIC is Chicago’s largest university with 27,500 students, 12,000 faculty and staff, 15 colleges and the state’s major public medical center. A hallmark of the campus is the Great Cities Commitment, through which UIC faculty, students and staff engage with community, corporate, foundation and government partners in hundreds of programs to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas around the world.

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