University of Memphis ranks in the top 4.9% worldwide in Center for World University Rankings
April 26, 2021 – The University of Memphis received its second world ranking in eight months as it has been ranked in the top 4.9% in the world out of 19,788 universities, according to the 2021-22 edition of the “Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings.”
In September 2020, the University of Memphis was ranked among the world’s top universities for the first time in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and was only one of three honored in the State of Tennessee along with Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee.
In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings for top public universities in September, the UofM climbed nine spots to No. 126 and is the No. 2-ranked public university in the State of Tennessee.
“Receiving our second world ranking in the school’s history – in an eight-month span – demonstrates the phenomenal, unprecedented direction and growth academically that the University of Memphis is experiencing,” said UofM President M. David Rudd. “The Global 2000 List by the Center for World University Rankings and 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings are important milestones for academics at the University of Memphis to go along with our prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranking.
“This impressive upward trend would not be possible without the overwhelming talent of our faculty, the remarkable impact of their research and the important role the UofM plays in the Memphis community. We look forward to continue gaining increased national recognition and climbing even higher in the rankings.”
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) include:
- Objective indicators used for all four key pillars underlying the methodology of the ranking (quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty and research performance) with no reliance on surveys and university data submissions
- Equal emphasis is put on the learning environment and research
- 19,788 universities are ranked according to their academic performance
About the methodology - CWUR uses seven objective and robust indicators grouped into four areas to rank the world’s universities:
1) Quality of education, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university's size (25%)
2) Alumni employment, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have held top executive positions at the world's largest companies relative to the university's size (25%)
3) Quality of faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
4) Research performance:
a) Research output, measured by the total number of research articles (10%)
b) High-quality publications, measured by the number of research articles appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
c) Influence, measured by the number of research articles appearing in highly influential journals (10%)
d) Citations, measured by the number of highly cited research articles (10%)
About the Center for World University Rankings
The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a leading consulting organization providing policy advice, strategic insights and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes. CWUR publishes authoritative global university rankings, known for objectivity, transparency and consistency, which are trusted by students, academics, university administrators and governments from around the world.