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Respect the Tech: Caltech Ranked #2 World University

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Photo by Adam Solomon via Flickr

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Some much-deserved props for one of our local prestigious academic institutions, thanks to the London-based Times Higher Education's World University Rankings.

The California Institute of Technology, known to most as Caltech, has been ranked number two in the world, coming in behind Harvard, but ahead of other world-renowned schools like MIT, Stanford, Princeton, Cambridge, and Oxford.

"Caltech vaulted into second position from last year's tenth-place showing as a result of significant changes in the survey's methodology," explains Caltech's PR, via an emailed release. "The new rankings are based on data supplied by information-gathering behemoth Thomson Reuters and 'for the first time an invitation-only reputation survey of over 13,000 verified academics.' The revised approach assigns more weight to what the magazine calls objective measures of research and teaching quality, and less to subjective criteria such as reputation and historic stature."

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The ranking also means more bragging rights for Westwood; UCLA shows up at number 11 (and we let UCLA hog the spotlight when the last big ranking came out in August). Sorry, USC...You made the list, but at number 73. At least you've got a great campus bar in which to drown your sorrows...