Georgia Tech Improves World Ranking

Tech ranks 24th by Times Higher Education Magazine’s 2011-2012 World University Rankings.

The Georgia Institute of Technology ranks 24th among the top 200 universities recognized in the Times Higher Education Magazine’s 2011-2012 World University Rankings.  Georgia Tech moved up from 27th last year and was the top-ranked public university from the southern United States.

The Times Higher Education, a British publication, used a new methodology for its 2011-2012 World University Rankings. It was developed after consultation with 50 sector leaders, the publication’s editorial board and website feedback. The new methodology, with data supplied by Thomson Reuters, places less importance on reputation and heritage than in previous years and gives more weight to hard measures of excellence in all three core elements of a university’s mission – research, teaching and knowledge transfer. It is also the only global ranking system that includes a section dedicated to the teaching and learning environment, including the first-ever global survey of institutions’ teaching reputations. In all, the ranking system includes 13 separate performance indicators across five broad categories:

  • Teaching — the learning environment (worth 30 percent of the overall ranking score)
  • Research — volume, income and reputation (worth 30 percent)
  • Citations — research influence (worth 30 percent)
  • Industry income — innovation (worth 2.5 percent)
  • International outlook — staff, student and research (worth 7.5 percent).

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.