UC San Diego ranked 20th on list of best universities in world

SAN DIEGO - UC San Diego is the world's 20th best institution of higher learning, according to the second annual World University Rankings released Tuesday.

Harvard University was ranked number one in the world, Stanford University placed second and Oxford University in England was rated number three by the Center for World University Rankings, based in Saudi Arabia.

UC San Diego received high marks for the number of articles written by its professors for reputable international journals; the influence shown by the published articles; the number of citations for the publications; and the amount of awards won by faculty, such as Nobel Prizes, according to the center.

The rankings also were based on the number of patents filed by a university, alumni who are CEOs of major corporations and alumni who have won major awards and prizes.

"The success of UC San Diego as a leader among the world's research universities can be credited to our world-class faculty, talented students, dedicated staff and accomplished alumni," said UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. "What we do at UC San Diego changes the world by spurring economic growth and innovations that have a positive impact on our region and the world."

Other California schools listed in the top 100 are UC Berkeley, 7th; California Institute of Technology, 11th; UCLA, 16th; UC San Francisco, 22nd; UC Santa Barbara, 37th; USC, 39th; UC Davis, 53rd; and UC Irvine, 65th.

The full rankings: http://cwur.org/top100.html

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