UC San Diego has netted the #5 spot in the UK-based Times Higher Education ranking of the globe’s best public universities. The campus was named 31st overall among universities worldwide and the nation’s 20th best college based on quality of teaching, knowledge transfer, international outlook and research influence.
The annual report by the Times takes into account a variety of indicators. UC San Diego was able to climb 10 spots in the overall international rankings this year because of three research metrics: reputation, income and output. In addition, the campus ranked higher due to a rise in the amount of industry income it received per staff.
“UC San Diego is an experimental campus—our model from day one has been focused on issues and the greater good, rather than disciplines," said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla in an interviewed with the publication featured in the rankings. "This nontraditional approach allows our students, faculty and researchers to make contributions that benefit society, and our collaborative environment among top scholars propels strengths in disciplines across the board.”
The 2018 Times Higher Education World University Rankings list the top 1,000 universities in the world, making it the publication’s biggest international report to date. The Times states that its metrics represent key areas of higher education excellence.
According to the Times, UC San Diego’s location on the Torrey Pines Mesa, which is home to major biomedical institutes, is another factor why the university performs so well in terms of industry income.