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Florida Tech Ranked a Top Global University

Faculty and alumni achievements among the criteria for determining rankings.

By University Alliance on September 01, 2015
Florida Tech Named Among World’s Top Universities

Florida Institute of Technology is among the top 3% of more than 25,000 colleges and universities around the globe, according to the 2015 World University Rankings. The new designation adds to a growing list of honors for Florida Tech, which is based in Melbourne, Florida.

The Center for World University Rankings, a government and university consulting firm based in Saudi Arabia, used eight criteria to develop its rankings, which were released in July. These measures include:

  • Major international awards or prizes achieved by university alumni
  • Chief executive officer positions in top companies held by alumni
  • International prizes or awards attained by faculty members
  • Research published in reputable journals
  • Research papers appearing in influential journals
  • Number of highly cited research papers
  • Scholarly papers of broad impact produced by faculty members
  • International patent filings

Florida Tech’s international reputation as a research and technological institution is bolstered by a “top-flight faculty,” Florida Tech President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony J. Catanese said in a statement.

In April 2015, the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program named Florida Tech the top university in Florida and one of the top 100 in the United States in preparing graduates for high-paying careers. That recognition followed Florida Tech’s inclusion for the second consecutive year as one of the world’s top 200 educational institutions in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Additionally, Florida Tech is ranked a Tier 1 Best National University by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the nation’s top 50 entrepreneurial universities by Forbes. The Center for Entrepreneurship and New Business Development at the university’s Nathan M. Bisk College of Business offers training and education for startup firms and other business ventures.

Florida Tech was founded in 1958 as an institute of higher learning for scientists and researchers at the nearby rocket launch facility, which is now known as the Kennedy Space Center.

In addition to its campus-based and extended studies programs, the university offers dozens of undergraduate and graduate degree programs 100% online, including in aviation management, information technology, cybersecurity and business administration.

The Center for World University Rankings’ top 10 featured eight U.S. universities, including Harvard, Stanford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which occupied the first three positions respectively.


Category: 2015 Headlines