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UMass schools considered among most prestigious in the world

Posted by Your Town  March 5, 2013 04:50 PM

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A London-based magazine has named a number of Massachusetts schools as top universities in the world, including the University of Massachusetts school system, which placed in the top 50.

As part of its yearly report, The Times Higher Education, a London-based magazine, named 43 US schools to its list of the top 100 “most powerful global university brands,” according to the Times’ website.

According to the Times, “the reputation rankings are based on nothing more than subjective judgment, but it is the judgment of experts. It is thanks to their expertise and engagement with this important exercise that we can bring you this trusted picture of the most reputable universities in the world.”

Harvard University came in first, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in second.

The five schools in the UMass system were ranked 42nd.

Boston University placed in the 81st to 90th category, though was not given a specific ranking.

“We are very pleased with this strong ranking, which reflects the way the University of Massachusetts is viewed by academic leaders throughout the world," University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret said in a statement. "This global study assesses the UMass system as a whole and thus captures the strengths, attributes and achievements of each of our five campuses. This ranking illustrates that UMass, 150 years after its founding, has achieved great stature and is held in high esteem throughout the world.”

Katherine Landergan can be reached at klandergan@globe.com. For campus news updates, follow her on Twitter @klandergan.

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