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Times Higher Education names UMBC one of the world’s top young universities for 5th year

For the fifth consecutive year, Times Higher Education (THE) has recognized UMBC as one of the world’s leading young universities. UMBC is one of just five U.S. universities to make the 2016 list, all in the top 100 of the “150 Under 50” ranking.

THE World University RankingsThe150 Under 50″ ranking system uses the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings, weighted through a formula that is designed with young universities in mind.

Those indicators are grouped into five categories: teaching (learning environment), research (volume, income, and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students, and research), and industry income (innovation). UMBC particularly excelled in research citations.

“So many universities in this ranking have shown they can match the ancient global elite and have proven that with the right drive, what others have developed over centuries can be achieved in a matter of decades,” Phil Baty, editor of THE, has said. “They are a truly exciting and dynamic group of institutions which should serve as a lesson to the rest of the world – that the traditional global world order is not unassailable and visionary young universities can break through.”

This past fall, THE also recognized UMBC as one of the top universities worldwide of any age. That larger list included 147 U.S. universities among the world’s top 800. Three were Maryland universities, including UMBC, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Maryland, College Park.

See UMBC’s entry in the THE “150 Under 50.”

Image: UMBC Library. Photo by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.