UW News

September 11, 2019

UW at No. 26 in the world, fourth among U.S. public institutions, on Times Higher Education ranking list

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Denny Hall on UW’s Seattle campusMark Stone/University of Washington

The University of Washington has been ranked No. 26 on the Times Higher Education world rankings for 2020, released Wednesday. The UW moved up two places from 2019.

The UW is also fourth among U.S. public institutions — behind UCLA, UC Berkeley and the University of Michigan — a position it has held for the last four years.

“We are honored to be recognized for the growing impact of the outstanding teaching and discovery taking place at the University of Washington,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “That impact shows up in opportunities for Washington’s students to excel and in the research that saves lives and expands our human understanding.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings judge research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. The rankings use 13 performance indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparisons that they say are trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

The performance indicators are grouped into five areas:

  • teaching (the learning environment, primarily based on a reputation survey);
  • research (including the number of papers published in academic journals);
  • citations (research influence, including the number of times a university’s published work is cited by scholars globally);
  • international outlook (including the university’s ability to attract students and faculty from around the world);
  • and industry income (knowledge transfer in terms of a university’s ability to help industry with innovations, inventions and consultancy).