Penn State sits at No. 50 on a list of the top 100 universities in the world, according to rankings published recently by the Center for World University Rankings.
The university moved up in this year’s list from No. 64 last year.
The Center for World University Rankings, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, published the list to measure the quality of education, training of students and prestige of faculty and their research. The center did not rely on university-submitted data for the rankings.
The rankings were developed after considering the quality of a university’s faculty, such as the number of awards and prizes received, publications in international journals, patents, the quality of the education as determined by the alma maters of the CEOs of Forbes’ top 2,000 public companies and the awards that alumni received.
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Harvard topped the 2013 list, followed by Stanford, University of Oxford in Great Britain, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Cambridge in Great Britain.
The highest ranked Big Ten school was the University of Wisconsin-Madison at No. 23. Ahead of Penn State were: Illinois (24), Northwestern (28), Michigan (32), Purdue (38) and Minnesota (44). Ohio State (52) and Indiana (85) came after Penn State. The rankings did not include Iowa, Nebraska or Michigan State.
Penn State was ahead of the University of Pittsburgh, which came in at No. 69.