Thomson Reuters

In its first ever global university ranking released Wednesday, U.S. News and World Report recognized UT as the 30th-best university in the world. 

The publication previously listed the University as No. 53 in its 2015 national rankings. According to U.S. News, the global rankings are based on different criteria from the national list, including schools’ academic research and overall reputation — not their separate undergraduate or graduate programs. 

For its global rankings, the publication used measures such as faculty publications, academic citations and highly cited papers by drawing on information from Thomson Reuters, an organization that tracks research productivity. 

The overall rankings include 500 universities in 49 countries.

For 2014-2015, the Times Higher Education World rankings ranked UT 28th in the world.