UMBC ranks in top 3.3% of universities worldwide

UMBC has again been named one of the top universities in the world for 2019-2020. Rankings released this week by the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) place UMBC in the top 3.3% of universities worldwide, as well as among the top 170 U.S. universities.

“As this ranking shows, UMBC is truly a world-class university. Our researchers not only make a positive impact within our state and nation, but around the globe as well,” says David Di Maria, associate vice provost for international education.

The CWUR evaluated twenty thousand universities based on four distinct areas. These include: quality of education (number of alumni who have won major international awards), alumni employment (number of alumni who have held CEO positions at top companies), quality of faculty (number of faculty who have won major international awards), and research performance (research output, high-quality publications, influence, and citations). In a change from previous years, the measures of learning environment and research are now given equal weight.

“I am pleased that the impact of our faculty research continues to be recognized on the national and global scale. As one of the top 170 U.S. institutions in this CWUR review, we find ourselves in good company with many other well-known institutions,” says Karl Steiner, vice president of research.

Steiner notes, “With the opening of our new Interdisciplinary Life Sciences Building, we will be able to significantly enhance our footprint and impact in interdisciplinary life sciences, while continuing to expand our other programs in cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, and environmental sciences. This is complemented by impactful UMBC scholarship in the public humanities and public policy.”

UMBC's 2018 Alumni Award winners.
UMBC’s 2018 Alumni Award winners.

UMBC’s ranking also speaks to the achievements of alumni, and the strong foundation they developed and opportunities they accessed during their time at UMBC.

“UMBC continues to produce alumni who are leaders in all facets of society, including civic leaders and CEOs of some of the world’s top companies,” says Stanyell Odom, director of alumni engagement. “We are proud of our alumni. The grit—hard work, courage, and commitment—they exude in their work across different fields has such a powerful impact on our nation and the world.”

All photos by Marlayna Demond ’11 for UMBC.