QS World University Rankings released its latest rankings Wednesday afternoon, and Virginia Tech received top marks in the research category.
QS World University Rankings is an annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds. It assesses universities against metrics related to research and teaching quality, international reputation, and student employability. QS World University Rankings is viewed as one of the three most widely read university world rankings in the world, along with Academic Ranking of World Universities and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
Virginia Tech ranked No. 259 out of more than 2,400 institutions worldwide in the International Research Network indicator — the university’s strongest indicator. The university has 335 international research partners at 48 research partner locations, and its score of 61.3 ranked 20 points higher than the global median.
The school also rated No. 267 in the world in the International Faculty indicator — a measure that shows the attractiveness of the university to international faculty members. The school has 717 among its 2,759 total faculty members and 26 international faculty members for every 100 faculty members. The global median was just 8.6 per 100.
“Virginia Tech’s performance in these measures shows the tremendous international reputation and impact of the research and scholarship of our faculty, staff, and students,” said Dan Sui, senior vice president for research and innovation. “Our spirit of Ut Prosim [That I May Serve] permeates our approach to discovery and innovation, so that we know that tackling global problems require global partnerships, and we are excited to continue our efforts to expand these global partnerships.”
Overall, Virginia Tech ranked No. 363, which placed the institution among the top 26 percent of world institutions. Among American public land-grant schools in the QS World University Rankings, Virginia Tech ranked 18th.
A complete listing of Virginia Tech’s worldwide and national rankings from various publications and other outlets can be found online.

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