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Caltech named best research university in the world -- again

October 5, 2012 |  7:39 am

Caltech ditch day

Once again, Caltech is ranked as the best in the world.

The Pasadena institution retained its ranking as the world’s best research university in the 2012-13 World University Rankings released this week by the Times Higher Education magazine in London.

The University of Oxford and Stanford tied for second place. Harvard, last year’s runner-up, placed fourth.

University of California campuses at Berkeley and Los Angeles maintained their top 20 positions despite massive state funding cuts to higher education.

The rest of the top 10 in order were: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University,  University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago.

The rankings use measures such as research funding, faculty publication, the influence of research as measured by citations, the international makeup of faculty and students and the number of doctorates awarded. 

Caltech President Jean-Lou Chameau praised the other universities at the top and said he was pleased his institution, home to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, was in such good company. He credited the school’s success to a simple recipe.

“We always try to recruit exceptional faculty and exceptional students,” Chameau said. “We try to support them the best we can and we encourage them them to look at big questions, important scientific issues. It has resulted in game-changing types of discoveries.”


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Photo: Caltech students participate in the annual Ditch Day in May on the Pasadena campus. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times