UTSW Earns Place Among the World’s Best Universities

UT Southwestern Medical Center’s commitment to excellence has been recognized as one of the top universities in the world in clinical pharmacy and medicine by a widely respected global ranking system.

"Academic Rankings of World Universities," published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, named UT Southwestern the sixth best world university in clinical medicine and pharmacy. The top five schools were Harvard University; University of California, San Francisco; University of Washington; Johns Hopkins University; and Columbia University. Twelve of the world’s top 15 institutions in this category are in the United States. 

The ranking is the latest of many for UT Southwestern. Publications such as U.S. News and World Report consistently place UTSW among America’s top universities. While each list uses a different set of criteria and measures different things, taken together the rankings give universities reason to be proud, said Wes Norred, Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs at UT Southwestern.

“When you look at these rankings together in aggregate, it’s impressive,” Norred said. “When we consistently make these types of lists, it makes students feel good about UT Southwestern. It also shows students and potential students that UT Southwestern is committed to excellence.”

To compile the World University list, Shanghai Jiao Tong University considered universities with highly cited researchers or whose faculty or alumni have won the Nobel Prize or Fields Medal for mathematics. 

UT Southwestern has five Nobel Laureates, more than any medical school in the world. Two UTSW graduates, Linda Buck, Ph.D., and Joseph Goldstein, M.D., have won Nobel Prizes. Dr. Goldstein is Professor and Chair of Molecular Genetics at UTSW. Dr. Buck earned her doctorate degree from UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1980 and won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2004.

The World Universities list also factored in universities whose faculty members have large numbers of articles indexed by Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCIE) and Social Science Citation Index (SSCI).