Times Higher Education has named UC Davis the 52nd best university in the world, continuing a two-year slide, in rankings released on Wednesday.
The London-based magazine’s World University Rankings slotted UCD in at No. 38 two years ago, No. 48 last year. This time out, the Davis campus is tied with Kyoto (Japan) and Brown universities.
The California Institute of Technology received top honors for the third year running. Harvard University and the University of Oxford in England tied for second. Stanford University sat fourth.
The magazine downgraded UCD in teaching (worth 30 percent of the final score), research (30 percent), citations (30 percent) and industry income (2.5 percent). UCD scored higher in “international outlook” (7.5 percent).
“Austerity continues to hurt key U.S. state institutions,” said Phil Baty, editor of the rankings, in a news release.
“In the recent report ‘Unlimited Potential, Vanishing Opportunity,’ a survey of U.S. scientists found that as a result of the budget cuts ordered by Congress since 2010, 18 percent are considering continuing their research careers overseas. There are some well-funded Asian universities that would be keen to have them.”
UCD earned a top 100 place in five of six subject areas: life sciences (18th); engineering and technology (45th); medicine, pre-med and health (60th); physical sciences (91st); and social sciences (74th). Only arts and humanities failed to make the cut.
UC Berkeley (eighth), UCLA (12th), UC Irvine (93rd) and UC Riverside (148th) moved up this year in the overall rankings. UC San Diego (38th), UC Santa Barbara (40th) and UC Santa Cruz (136th) fell.
The United States placed 77 institutions in the top 200 — one more than last year — with 48 U.S. schools improving their placement. Many top universities across Europe fell this year, while China, South Korea, Singapore and Japan made gains.
Others in the top 10 are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (fifth), Princeton University (sixth), University of Cambridge (seventh), University of Chicago (ninth), and Imperial College London (10th).
The overall rankings drew upon a reputation survey completed by more than 10,000 academics worldwide, an analysis of 50 million citations, which were compared to the world average in the same field, and university-approved data.
Arts, humanities and social sciences are placed on equal footing with science, according to the magazine.
The teaching score takes into account the survey, staff-to-student ratio, and comparisons of doctorates to undergraduate degrees awarded, doctorates to the number of academic staff, and institutional income to academic staff. The research score includes the survey, a comparison of research income to academic staff, as well as the number of scholarly papers to combined academic and research staff.
The citation score, meant to gauge research influence, looks at average citations per paper. Industry income considers money brought in by academic staff. International outlook looks at the numbers of international students and staff compared to total numbers of each, as well as scholarly papers with one or more international co-authors compared to the total.
This year, UCD has been placed 39th (down from 38th) by U.S. News and World Report and 23rd (down from 17th) by Washington Monthly, among national universities. In world rankings, Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranked UCD 47th for the second straight year, while the QS World University Rankings slotted UCD 85th (up from 100th).