WPI’s global reach encompasses faculty research, student projects, educational exchanges—any way that this purpose-driven community sees a chance to make a local impact around the world. Through our Global Projects Program, student teams are prepared to travel and work at one of more than 50 project centers (images below), where they identify, collaborate on, and offer solutions to real-world problems. Research collaborations, faculty exchanges with international universities, and interdisciplinary research and innovation initiatives such as the Center for Global Public Safety expand our perspectives and possibilities.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute ranks in the top 5.2 percent worldwide (#1032) out of 20,000 universities, according to the Center for World University Rankings’ new list for 2019–2020.
Using independent and objective data that doesn’t rely on surveys or university data submissions, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) publishes the largest academic rankings of global universities. WPI’s position reflects successful placement in a comprehensive and rigorous ranking methodology that considers four key components in its rankings. These pillars include quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, and research performance. The methodology gives learning environment and research equal emphasis, which we know to be a hallmark of a WPI education.
When ranking the world’s universities, CWUR looks at each indicator closely. A 25 percent weight is given to each for the quality of education (number of alumni who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals relative to the university's size) and alumni employment (number of a university's alumni who have held CEO positions at the world's top companies relative to the university's size). A 10 percent weight is given for indicators including quality of faculty (number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals) and for each of these four research performance objectives—research output, high-quality publications, influence, and citations.