BU jumped five spots in the latest ranking of the best “global universities” by U.S. News & World Report, rising to 32 from last year’s 37.
U.S. News says that it launched this ranking, which includes 750 schools from 57 countries (up from last year’s 500 schools in 49 countries), in view of the many students opting to attend college abroad. The magazine considered a dozen factors in measuring the schools’ “academic research performance” and “global and regional reputations.” Among the criteria were publications and books, citations of faculty research, collaboration with international peers, and number of PhDs awarded by the institution.
In compiling the rankings, the publication relied in part on analytics from ThomsonReuters, a multinational firm researching and assessing scholarship and its worldwide influence.
BU ranked just behind the University of Tokyo and immediately ahead of the University of British Columbia, New York University, Ohio State University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Germany’s Heidelberg University. The top four universities were all American: Harvard, MIT, Berkeley, and Stanford.
Last month, U.S. News ranked BU 41st on its list of the 50 top US universities.