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UTSA ranked among world's top 400 universities

November, 2012

The University of Texas at San Antonio
<>  (UTSA) has been rated one of the top 400
universities in the world, according to the prestigious Times Higher
Education World University Rankings
/world-ranking> . The rankings measure the core missions of world-class
universities including assessments of teaching, research, knowledge
transfer and international outlook.

UTSA is one of 111 U.S. universities to make the list and among just 70
public institutions in the U.S. to be ranked in the top 400. The
rankings evaluate universities in 41 countries.

>>Learn more about the World University Rankings on UTSA Today
<> .

"As we advance to Tier One status, we are developing new degree
programs, recruiting new faculty and building new partnerships that are
being recognized by our peers around the world," said UTSA President
Ricardo Romo. "Transformational work is taking place on our campus and
is it being cited by academics and researchers alike for its impact on
the global community.

          UTSA has embarked on an ambitious journey to become a Tier
One research institution, placing an emphasis on creating academic and
research programs in health, security, energy, sustainability, and human
and social development.

For example, UTSA recruited Miguel Yacaman
from UT Austin to serve as professor and chair of its Department of
Physics and Astronomy. Yacaman is a world-renowned scholar in
nanoparticles and microscopy. His research has been widely published and
he is considered a leading expert in his field. He was instrumental in
helping UTSA acquire Helenita
<> , one of the most
advanced microscopes in the world. The JEOL transmission electron
microscope is propelling the development of new cancer therapies and
disease treatments by allowing nanotechnology researchers to see samples
magnified 20 million times their original size.

The microscope is one of the main reasons visiting scholar Sergio Mejia
-rosales.html>  returns to UTSA again and again. Mejia, a physics
professor at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, calls the UTSA Advanced
Microscopy Laboratory "one of the best electron microscopy facilities in
the world."

          "Since I first arrived to the UTSA campus, I was pleased to
find a vibrant academic atmosphere, full of top-class researchers,
impressive experimental labs, and bright, inquisitive students," Mejia

In the last decade, UTSA has placed an increasing focus on the
importance of an international perspective
<> . UTSA Executive Vice Provost and
Senior International Officer Julius Gribou studied architecture in
Poland on a Fulbright fellowship. His goal is to ensure that the
undergraduate education of all UTSA students includes an international

"We live in a globally interconnected world," said Gribou. "UTSA
students and scholars travel outside the U.S. to conduct research. At
the same time, international students and scholars come to San Antonio
to enhance their own international perspective."

UTSA Provost John Frederick notes that assessments like Times Higher
Education's World University Rankings are an impactful resource for
international students and researchers.

          "A university's visibility and profile are very important,
particularly for students and researchers who are looking for an
international university with a prominent reputation." said Frederick.
"It is an honor for UTSA to be included among those universities."

The views of more than 17,000 academics from 137 countries were factored
into the Times Higher Education top 400 ranking.

Earlier this year, UTSA was ranked #53 on Times Higher Education's "Top
100 under 50" rankings, which monitors the growth of young U.S.
universities. Six other U.S. universities are similarly ranked on both
lists, including UC Irvine; UC Santa Cruz; UT Dallas; University of
Illinois, Chicago; University of Maryland-Baltimore County; and George
Mason University.


The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of nine academic
universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research
university providing access to educational excellence and preparing
citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the
colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development,
Engineering, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the
Honors College, University College and Graduate School. Founded in 1969,
UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic
development catalyst for Texas and beyond. For more information, visit <> .


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