The University of Massachusetts has been ranked among the best universities in the world by a British magazine, the university said today.
UMass ranked 56th in the Times Higher Education Top 200. UMass was the only public university in New England in the Top 200. It ranked fourth (behind Harvard, MIT, and Tufts) in Massachusetts.
UMass, which was ranked as a five-campus system, was the 14th highest-rated American public university -- behind public universities in California, Michigan, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Washington, and Minnesota -- and the 33rd highest American institution, public or private, the university said.
UMass President Jack M. Wilson said in a statement that the university is "truly a great university, and we are delighted to be recognized in such a dramatic fashion."
The ranking, one of a half-dozen college rankings by various publications using different measures,comes as debate has swirled over the quality of the university.
The Globe reported earlier this month that, despite improvement efforts that date back generations, the UMass flagship, depleted by budget cuts, has had trouble cracking the ranks of the nation's top schools.
The article generated a storm of criticism from university officials, students, and alumni.
Due to incorrect information provided by a source, a previous version of this story gave the wrong name for the publication in which the rankings appeared.
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