In yet another international ranking, Virginia Tech rises 15 places to No. 256 in the world among more than 25,000 degree-granting institutions.

According to the Center for World University Rankings, Virginia Tech also rose 13 places to 98th among all U.S. colleges and universities. The center describes the annual report as the "only global university ranking that measures the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty members and the quality of their research without relying on surveys and university data submissions."

The ranking comes just months after Virginia Tech placed near the top 10 percent among universities in the annual QS World University Rankings and won recognition from U.S. News & World Report as an institution that will appeal to students who plan to enroll in universities outside of their own countries.

Guru Ghosh, vice president for Outreach and International Affairs, said of Virginia Tech's improvement in international standings, "As we continue to advance our mission to expand our global reach – especially in academic research, publications, and scholarship – Virginia Tech's reputation will no doubt continue to gain momentum and recognition in world rankings such as this. Our aim is to be among the top universities in the world."  

The methodology, as listed on the center's website, consists of eight indicators including alumni employment and patents, where Virginia Tech placed in the top 200. In the remaining indicators – quality of education, quality of faculty, publications in top journals, influential research, citations, and broad impact – the university is ranked in the top 300. The aim, according to the center, is "to measure the quality of education and training of students as well as the prestige of the faculty and the quality of their research."

A complete list, as well as detailed methodology, can be found at the Center for World University Rankings.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.