Irvine, Calif., June 19, 2013 â UC Irvine ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old â and fifth worldwide â in a report released today by Times Higher Education. Itâs the second consecutive year that the campus has ranked in the top five. UC Irvine will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015 and is the youngest institution in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
âAs we near our 50th anniversary, this recognition shows that weâve fulfilled the vision articulated by our founding chancellor, Daniel G. Aldrich Jr., when he dedicated the campus,â said current Chancellor Michael V. Drake. âHe vowed UC Irvine would become a world-class university. Our dedication to excellence in academics, research, and campus character and leadership has enabled UC Irvine to reach that goal. Now weâre focused on soaring even higher as one of the worldâs premier public institutions of higher education.â
Performance benchmarks used in the ranking included research and the teaching environment. Special attention was paid to international collaboration, citations of campus research by other scientists, and the degree to which research has spawned technical innovation.
âThe Times Higher Education â100 Under 50â rankings highlight institutions like UC Irvine that have become one of the worldâs finest in a matter of years, while many of their competitors have had centuries of development, as well as those that are showing great potential for future success,â said Phil Baty, rankings editor.
âThe universities ranked are subjected to the same trusted and tough global standards established by the overall Times Higher Education world university rankings, using 13 separate performance indicators covering the whole range of a universityâs mission (teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook) but carefully recalibrated to better suit the profile of younger institutions. So this new ranking is a list of some truly exciting and dynamic institutions, and UC Irvine makes the top 10 and takes first place in the U.S.â
One trend evident in this and other world university rankings is the emergence of universities as global collaborators in health and technology research. UC Irvine recently has embarked on a number of collaborative research efforts in Israel, with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University and the Technion â Israel Institute of Technology.
Just this year, Drake also forged agreements with institutions in South Korea: Ewha Womans University, the largest womenâs college in the world; Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, consistently ranked as one of the most prestigious institutions of higher education in that nation; and KAIST, the countryâs first research-oriented science and engineering university.
âWe look forward to continuing our relationships with these institutions, just as we have with many others around the world, including in Norway, Poland and China,â Drake said.
UC Irvine scored in the 90th percentile in research citations. This indicator examines a universityâs research influence by capturing the number of times its published works are cited by scholars across the globe. The data are drawn from the 12,000 academic journals indexed by Thomson Reutersâ Web of Science database and include all indexed journals published between 2005 and 2009.
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