08 February 2015

In its recent Best Global Universities rankings the US News introduced a new twist into reputational surveys. It divided research reputation into two components, regional and global, each receiving a weighting of 12.5 percent. Robert Morse, data strategist for the US News, has published an analysis comparing the performance of universities at regional and global level and has published lists of overperformers and underperformers.

Overperformers are those who do better globally than regionally. The top university in this category is the University of Massachusetts -- Worcester, which has a regional research reputation rank of 588 but is in 306th place for global reputation.

The top five overperformers are:

  1. University of Massachusetts -- Worcester, USA
  2. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  3. Mayo Clinic, USA
  4. University of Manitoba, Canada
  5. University of Guelph, Canada.

Many overperforming universities, those successful in projecting themselves in the global arena, are in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. They include medical institutions such as the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.

Underperforming universities are those that have a strong regional reputation but have failed to acquire global prominence.

The top five underperformers are:

  1. University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
  2. Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  3. University of South Australia
  4. Deakin University, Australia
  5. University of Tasmania, Australia.

Countries with a large number of underperformers included Brazil, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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