The University of Wisconsin–Madison has risen from 45th last year to 43rd this year in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. For the second year in a row, the university ranked 23rd within the United States out of 157 institutions.
Times Higher Ed ranks 1,000 institutions from 77 countries. It judges research-intensive universities in five categories: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).
For this most recent ranking, UW–Madison’s research score increased from 71.4 (out of a possible 100) to 73.9.
While UW–Madison rose slightly in the rankings, Times Higher Ed noted that as a group, American universities are losing ground to China, the United Kingdom and other countries. Nearly half (29 out of 62) of the U.S. institutions in the top 200 saw their rankings fall, largely due to a lack of state and federal support. Support for research is a key factor — about the same number of U.S. institutions have seen declines in their research income since last year.