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Published on Thursday, 01 October 2015
According to the latest World University Rankings released by the highly regarded Times Higher Education (THE) journal, the University of Luxembourg ranked 193 worldwide this year. Ex aequo with the Texas A&M University, it positions itself in between the Ulm University (Germany) and the “Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin” (Germany). Taking into account only European universities, the University of Luxembourg ranked 98th.
The THE World University Rankings were announced on 30 September 2015, during the World Academic Summit of THE in Melbourne, Australia. They are the world’s most widely referenced university rankings. They play an important role in degree recognition globally and are based partly on a global survey of academics with regard to teaching, research, international outlook, industry income as well as the citation frequency of publications and various statistical data.
"It is gratifying to be recognised for the work we do here and the impact it has — both on our students and on the global community. This result confirms that our young university is on the right track to become a model European research university of the 21st century," says University of Luxembourg president Rainer Klump.
Mr Phil Baty, editor of the THE World University Rankings, added: “The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, now in their 12th year, apply rigorous standards, using tough global benchmarks across all of a global research university’s key missions. The results are trusted by students and their families, academics, university leaders and governments. For University of Luxembourg to make 193 in the world is an outstanding achievement to be celebrated.”
Excellence in international outlook confirmed
THE World University Rankings employs 13 separate performance indicators to reflect a university’s strengths in five areas: teaching, research, citation, industry income and international outlook. The University of Luxembourg’s strongest pillar was “international outlook” where it ranked 2nd after the Qatar University and before the University of Hong Kong. It not only considers the ability of a university to attract students, doctoral candidates, faculty and staff from all over the planet but also the proportion of a university’s total research journal publications that have at least one international co-author.
First participation since its foundation in 2003
Prof. Dr. Franck Leprévost, Vice-President Organisation & International Relations at the University of Luxembourg, participated in Melbourne's conference. To him, these latest excellent results are an outstanding award for the efforts of the last 12 years since the foundation of the University of Luxembourg. In fact this first participation and overall good result promises a positive outlook for the upcoming THE 100 Under 50 Rankings 2016. This ranking of the top 100 universities under 50 years old will be published in spring 2016.
Photo: © Université du Luxembourg, David Laurent