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Sept. 21, 2021

MSU continues climb in global ranking, now top 6% in the world

The 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings placed Michigan State University in the top 6% of global universities – and No. 35 among U.S. institutions.


MSU is No. 93 among 1,662 institutions ranked across 99 countries, an improvement of 12 places in 2021 and ahead of several competitive peers – including one in the Ivy League.


“It is exciting to see Michigan State’s excellence once again recognized with a high rank among higher education peers across the world,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Our placement on this ranking is the result of our faculty and students’ dedication to research, which I see as a direct reflection of MSU’s commitment to excellence – for which I am very proud.”


Times Higher Education World University Rankings, established in 2004, are one of the four major global rankings. Its methodology consists of 13 metrics across five categories: teaching, research, citations, knowledge transfer and international outlook. MSU’s new global ranking reflects its improvement on seven of the 13 variables.


MSU’s rank on the teaching category jumped 25 places to No. 64 in the world, improving on every one of the five metrics in the category; the university improved on the two reputational components, teaching and research, which collectively account for one-third of the overall ranking. 


As one of the leading research institutions in the world, creative research activity is a cornerstone of life for both professors and students across nearly 100 active research centers and institutes, and more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.


“Innovative research and teaching at MSU catalyze excellence across the university while elevating MSU’s reputation and prestige,” said MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “It is gratifying to see the globally outstanding research and our tremendous international faculty recognized so prominently for their impactful work.”


Learn more about the 2022 Times Higher Education World University rankings, methodology and additional insights.

By: Caroline Brooks

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