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UB moves up on list of top universities globally

The University at Buffalo's standing among universities across the globe has improved, according to an analyst that annually ranks the top universities in the world.

UB improved to 318th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, up from 342nd in 2016-17 and 338th in 2015-16. It was the highest ranking for UB since 2014-15, when the university was rated at 300th.

The top four universities in the ranking are located in the U.S.: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Stanford, Harvard and California Institute of Technology. The University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford, both in the United Kingdom, are ranked fifth and sixth.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds, an education and information technology company based in London, has been publishing rankings since 2004. Its latest rankings were released on Thursday. The company evaluates universities based on six metrics: academic reputation as based on a survey of 70,000 people in higher education; employer reputation based on surveys of employers; faculty-to-student ratios; citations per faculty; international faculty ratios; and international student ratios.

Also from New York, Stony Brook University ranked 382nd, up from 390th last year; while the University at Albany was rated in a tier of universities between 651 and 700 and Binghamton University was in the 801 to 1,000 tier.

A complete look at the 2018 QS World University Rankings can be found at

[PHOTO GALLERY: UB 2017 Commencement]

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