Times Higher Education evaluations are based on research and teaching excellence
UC Irvine ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old — and seventh worldwide — in a report recently released by Times Higher Education. UC Irvine has been the top U.S. university and in the top 10 worldwide each year since THE's "100 Under 50" rankings were introduced three years ago. UC Irvine will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2015 and is the youngest institution in the prestigious Association of American Universities.
Performance benchmarks used in the prestigious Britain-based rankings included research and the teaching environment. Special attention was paid to international collaboration, citations of campus research by other scientists and the degree to which research has spawned technical innovation.
One trend evident in this and other world university rankings is the emergence of universities as global collaborators in health and technology research. To plan and support its worldwide collaborations, UC Irvine has created an Office of Global Engagement, which is aiding efforts to accelerate the university's international reach. Within the past two years, it has forged agreements with institutions in Israel and South Korea, adding to continuing relationships with many others around the world, including in Norway, Poland and China.
This year, UC Irvine has created the Institute for Innovation, an interdisciplinary campuswide center focused on integrating research, entrepreneurship and technology to create real-world applications that benefit the public and drive the economy. With initial funding through a $5 million endowment from the Beall Family Foundation, the institute is envisioned to be an epicenter of innovation by creating a vibrant, interconnected and self-sustaining community of students, scholars, industries and entrepreneurs.
— Tom Vasich/UC Irvine