The University of Texas at Austin vaulted into the top 25 of the world’s elite universities in the 2012-13 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, considered one of the most authoritative assessments of universities.
The university’s ranking jumped to No. 25 from No. 29 in the 2011-12 rankings. Notably, the university achieved higher scores in all the major ranking categories such as teaching, research and innovation despite the fact that UT Austin receives less state funding and charges lower tuition than most of its peer public research universities in the United States.
The rankings’ editor noted that The University of Texas at Austin’s gain was striking in that it bucked the trend of other U.S. universities and was made against strengthening global competition.
“When we consider that we are keeping company with universities that are hundreds of years old, and schools with private endowments and public funding that dwarf ours, we have that much more to be proud of,” said President Bill Powers. “If we can make the world’s top 25 with the relatively low funding we have now, imagine what we could do with a robust and sustained commitment.”