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October 13, 2016

Pitt no. 80 in THE world rankings

In the Times Higher Education (THE) 2016-17 World University Rankings, Pitt tied for No. 80 with the University of Groningen, Netherlands. The University was No. 79 in the 2015-16 rankings.

The annual rankings list the top 980 universities in the world. The University of Oxford ranked No. 1, followed by California Institute of Technology, Stanford, Cambridge and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In rankings by subject, Pitt was No. 36 in clinical, preclinical and health; No. 43 in arts and humanities; and No. 97 in social sciences.

Rankings are based on 13 factors, grouped into five categories: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. Teaching, weighted as 30 percent of the ranking, is based on a reputation survey (15 percent); staff-student ratio (4.5 percent); doctorate-to-bachelor’s ratio (2.25 percent); doctorates awarded to academic staff ratio (6 percent); and institutional income (2.25 percent). Research, worth 30 percent of the ranking, is based on a reputation survey (18 percent); research income (6 percent); and research productivity (6 percent). Citations, worth 30 percent of the ranking, rates the schools’ research influence. International outlook, weighted as 7.5 percent of the ranking, includes international-to-domestic student ratio; international-to-domestic staff ratio; and international collaboration, each weighted at 2.5 percent. Industry income, which rates institutions’ knowledge transfer by examining research income earned from industry, scaled by the number of academic staff, is weighed at 2.5 percent of the ranking.

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