U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities list includes Houston-area schools – The Business Journals

A handful of schools from the Houston area are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Global Universities rankings.
The top Houston-area school was once again Baylor College of Medicine at No. 136 worldwide, one spot lower than last year’s rank. It ties with one other school, the University of Alberta in Canada. Rice University — often the top Texas school on various lists — is ranked No. 180, 13 spots lower than its 2022 rank at No. 167. This year, it’s tied with the University of Iowa.
Other local schools on the list are the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, tied for No. 269 with Beijing Normal University in China, and the University of Houston at No. 432, tying with six other universities worldwide. Sam Houston State University, in Huntsville just north of the Houston area, tied for No. 1,627.
Similar to last year, the University of Texas in Austin was once again the only Texas school in the top 100, sitting at No. 43 — the same spot as last year.
Other Texas schools to make the list are:
The overall list ranked 2,165 schools worldwide, which is 410 more than last year’s rankings. Out of all the schools ranked, 289 are from the U.S., second only to China with 351 schools in the analysis. This year, 95 countries were represented on the list, which is five more than last year..
The top four spots on the list were taken by U.S. schools: Harvard University at No. 1, Massachusetts Institute of Technology at No. 2, Stanford University at No. 3 and University of California Berkeley at No. 4.
U.S. News also ranked schools based on 47 subject areas, with four new rankings added in artificial intelligence, education and educational research, meteorology and atmospheric sciences, and water resources. Baylor College of Medicine’s notable ranks were in molecular biology and genetics at No. 15; biotechnology and applied microbiology at No. 21; cell biology at No. 22; and gastroenterology and hepatology at No. 22.
The goal of the list is to allow students who are planning to enroll in universities outside of their own country to have the ability to accurately compare institutions, per U.S. News & Report.
“The Best Global Universities rankings offer prospective students a valuable resource for exploring higher education options outside of their home country,” said Robert Morse, chief data strategist at U.S. News. “Over the past nine years, these rankings have expanded to include more schools and more subjects, while maintaining a consistent focus on institutions that prioritize academic research.”
Using statistics from information services company Clarivate, schools were evaluated entirely on regional research reputation and academic research performance — measured according to indicators such as publications, conferences, citations and international collaboration, U.S. News said. Each subject ranking has its own weighting based on academic research performance in a specific area.
The entire U.S. News Best Global Universities ranking can be found here.
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