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World-class: UW ranks 23rd of all world universities

More accolades for the University of Washington, as the Times of London released its latest World University Rankings and the UW is 23rd overall and fourth among American public universities.

No. 1 on the list is Harvard, and 15 of the top 20 universities in the world are from the United States. The top-ranked American public university is UC-Berkeley (No. 6), followed by UCLA (No. 8) and the University of Michigan (No. 12).

So what does this mean? Well, it means there are a lot of amazing things happening here. The UW is a huge economic driver in our region, generating $9.1 billion for Washington state annually. It’s also the third-largest employer in the state behind Boeing and Microsoft, with more than 69,000 jobs supported by the UW. And don’t forget about the students who continue to excel. More than 25% of UW undergrads study abroad at some point, which is the seventh-highest participation rate in the entire country. Stupore!

Alumni everywhere are making an impact. The UW has led the U.S. in total alumni volunteering for the Peace Corps four years running. Costco, Weyerhauser, Nordstrom and countless other businesses large and small have been created by UW graduates. And there are famous faces all across the globe—Joel McHale stars in the hit NBC sitcom Community, Johnson Toribiong is the president of Palau, Cammie Croft is director of New Media and Citizen Engagement at the U.S. Department of Energy.

And that’s just three of the more than 300,000 living alumni who make the UW special. We’ve always known our university was world-class, but it’s a pretty cool feeling to hear somebody else say it, too.

Thanks to everyone who makes the UW great. Yeah, that’s you!

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5 Responses to “World-class: UW ranks 23rd of all world universities”

  1. Robert Ireland wrote:
    September 29, 2010

    That certainly is a great distinction about the University of Washington being ranked 23rd as the best university in the world. I certainly agree with that ranking because it has so many great professors and because of its location on the beautiful part of the West Coast. I have always liked the view of Mount Rainier looking over the water fountain.

    Robert Ireland

    • Derek Belt wrote:
      September 29, 2010

      Hi Robert – Any time the UW is recognized as a world-class institution it is a good day for us. The UW has been a big part of my life and I am proud of the accolades it brings in. You’re right, they are well deserved!

  2. Dave Husky wrote:
    October 21, 2010

    Note as well how the Pac 10 and and Big 10 dominate the poll, with other athletic conferences lacking representation.

  3. Mark wrote:
    February 27, 2011

    Interesting post. It seems that world rankings are forever changing depending on people preferences.

    My Blog consists on the top universities in the uk.

    http://www.topuniversitiesintheuk.com

  4. Tahir Mumtaz wrote:
    October 6, 2011

    MBA OR M.COM SEMESTER SYSTEM

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