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University of Maryland cracks international list of top schools

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The University of Maryland has cracked an annual list of the world's top 100 universities by international standing.

The Terps tied for 91st, sitting with Texas A&M, Australia's Monash University and the Netherlands' Wageningen University and Research Center, among others. The University of Virginia, often ranked higher nationally, does not appear on the list. Neither does Georgetown University.

"This is a major recognition of our growing efforts internationally," said Ross Lewin, the university's associate vice president for international affairs. "It reflects the high priority we have put on international education and research."

Source: The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings

On top of the world
Universities ranked by international reputation:
1. Harvard University
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3. University of Cambridge
4. University of Oxford
5. University of California, Berkeley
19. Johns Hopkins University
91. University of Maryland, College Park

University of Maryland spokeswoman Crystal Brown said the ranking is thanks in part to recent international outreach efforts. President Wallace Loh has visited China, India, Taiwan and South Korea in the past two years, and the school is planning to send a delegation to Israel in the spring, Brown said.

Harvard University sits atop this year's rankings, followed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, England's University of Cambridge and University of Oxford and the University of California, Berkeley.

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the only other school in the Washington region to make the list, placed 19th.

This year's rankings are based on a survey of 16,639 published scholars from 144 countries that was given in March and April of 2012. Thirty-three percent of respondents hailed from North America, while 17 percent came from Western Europe, 12 percent from East Asia, 10 percent from Oceania, 6 percent from Eastern Europe, and 5 percent each from South America and the Middle East.

Respondents were asked to rank the top 15 universities for research in their region and the world and were then asked to do the same for teaching. Those responses were used to craft the final list.

"Reputation is subjective, messy and nebulous, but it matters deeply in today's competitive global higher education sector," the Times Higher Education Rankings Editor Phil Baty wrote on the rankings' website. "Although reputations once gained can often be stubbornly enduring, things can change quickly in an information-rich, multimedia and socially networked age. The stakes are high."

mconnolly@washingtonexaminer.com

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