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Rutgers-New Brunswick Ranks 33rd Among World’s Top Universities, According to Center for World University Rankings; 24th Among U.S. Universities

New Brunswick, NJ, July 17, 2014 — Rutgers University-New Brunswick  has been ranked 33rd among the world’s top 1,000 universities this year by the Center for World University Rankings —marking a dramatic rise in the ranking of the university’s flagship campus.

Rutgers-New Brunswick also ranked 24th among the 229 U.S. universities that the center included in the world’s top 1,000.

This is the third year that the center has published its rankings. Rutgers rose 10 places in the worldwide rankings this year, up from 43rd last year and 72nd in 2012.  It rose six places in the U.S. rankings, from 30th last year and 49th in 2012.  The rankings place Rutgers ahead of nine Big Ten peers, including Penn State, Ohio State and Purdue.

The center describes its rankings as the only global performance tables that measure the quality of student education as well as faculty prestige and the quality of faculty research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

Specific characteristics the center measures include: faculty and university alumni who won major international awards, alumni employment, faculty publications, highly cited research and patents filed.

Rutgers scored notably high in alumni employment rank, at 33rd, and quality of faculty as measured by international awards, at 31st.

Rutgers’ rise in the rankings follow a series of highly visible successes under the leadership of President Robert Barchi, including:

  • The integration of Rutgers with most of the schools, centers, institutes and patient care units that made up the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;
  • Rutgers’ entry into the Big Ten and its academic counterpart, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation; and
  • The university’s most comprehensive capital construction program in 50 years, funded in large part by the statewide bond act approved by New Jersey voters in 2012.

Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities, educating more than 65,000 students and serving the people of New Jersey at campuses, divisions, research centers and clinical practices throughout the state.  Rutgers’ flagship, based in New Brunswick, is the only public institution in New Jersey represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Rutgers University is also a member of the Big Ten Conference and its academic counterpart, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation – a consortium of 15 world-class research universities.

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions.

CWUR uses eight objective and robust indicators to rank the world’s top 1000 universities:

  • Quality of Education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university’s size [25%]
  • Alumni Employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who currently hold CEO positions at the world’s top companies relative to the university’s size [25%]
  • Quality of Faculty, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals [25%]
  • Publications, measured by the number of research papers appearing in reputable journals [5%]
  • Influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals [5%]
  • Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers [5%]
  • Broad Impact, measured by the university’s h-Index [5%]
  • Patents, measured by the number of international patent filings [5%]

In addition to providing consultation for governments and universities, the Center for World University Rankings aims to provide the most comprehensive university rankings available, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators, and government officials from around the world.