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UW-Madison ranked No. 6 in World University Rankings for education degrees

October 06, 2017

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the first time rated the globe’s leading universities for an education degree, and UW-Madison is among the very best at No. 6.

According to an article accompanying the release of the rankings: “An education degree can open the doors to a career working and teaching in schools as well as carrying out research into how we learn. Times Higher Education has ranked the 100 best universities for education degrees for the first time this year to help you decide on the best university for you.“ 

Education degrees UW No. 6The only institutions ranked higher than UW-Madison are: Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of Oxford (United Kingdom), the University of Hong Kong and the University of California, Berkeley.

"It's an honor to see UW-Madison being recognized by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings as one of the very best places across the globe to pursue an education degree," says School of Education Dean Diana Hess, the Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair of Education. "We realize these ratings are just one measure but I attribute this recognition to talented and driven faculty and staff who excel as both first-class educators and world-class researchers."

The Times Higher Education subject tables are based on the same 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2018. However, the methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, with the weightings changed to suit the individual fields. For the education rankings, the following list of subjects are used: education; teacher training; and academic studies in education. And the weightings for the education rankings are: teaching (the learning environment), 32.7 percent; research (volume, income and reputation), 29.8 percent; citations (research influence), 27.5 percent; international outlook (staff, students and research), 7.5 percent; and Industry income (innovation), 2.5 percent.

The full methodology can be found here.

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