Melbourne University One of Just 20 on New List
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology has joined an elite group of U.S. and international universities including California Institute of Technology and the Paris-based École Normale Supérieure on a Times Higher Education exclusive list of the world’s best universities.
The list is comprised of the top 20 universities with 5,000 students or fewer in 2012-13, when the data were collected. The student population calculation includes main campus and Extended Studies students, but not online students and other educational programs.
The list features only five U.S. institutions. Others are from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and all teach or research in at least four of these areas: arts and humanities, clinical/medicine, engineering and technology, life sciences, physical sciences and social sciences.
“This ranking sheds light on a singular perspective of higher education institutions that might easily be overlooked,” said Phil Baty, editor of this and other THE World Ranking lists. “The fact that CalTech tops this ranking as well as the overall World University Ranking reveals that there is something very powerful about scale and focus, when it comes to university performance.”
Several students at Florida Tech wrote about their experiences at the request of Times Higher Education, touching on how smaller classes, improved access to faculty and an overall environment of inclusion among one of the nation’s most diverse student bodies make their education unique and powerful.
That is by design, said Anthony J. Catanese, Florida Tech’s president and CEO.
“Though Florida Tech has grown steadily over the years, we understand how having more focused classroom and campus engagements can strengthen both educational outcomes and student experiences,” Catanese said. “We are pleased our practices have once again placed Florida Tech among the best universities in the world.
T. Dwayne McCay, Florida Tech’s executive vice president, COO and incoming president, noted that the university attracts students from more than 120 countries because of the individualized attention offered by world-class faculty.
“U.S. News and World Report recognizes Florida Tech as No. 1 in the country for fostering international student experiences, and we know those positive interactions to be critical to success later in life,” McCay said. “This university’s mission is to provide a high-quality, personal environment where student success is the priority.”
Find the full list here.