Globally recognized: MSU named #2 in world for education

August 4, 2022

For the third year in a row, Michigan State University has been named #2 in the world for education, according to one widely used international ranking of universities. 

“These rankings illuminate the dedicated, impactful work of scholars across our college and institution who are addressing challenges in global education,” said Jerlando F. L. Jackson, dean of the MSU College of Education and MSU Foundation Professor of Education. “We are proud of and grateful to be recognized consistently among peer institutions in this way.” 

The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects was created in 2017. In nearly every iteration, MSU has ranked among the top in the world for education. In 2018, the university was ranked #4 in the world for education, followed by #1 in 2019 and #2 in 2020 and 2021.  

Erickson Hall in the springtime

The rankings, released in July, use a variety of data, including research output and quality, international academic awards and more for the methodology. Across the various subjects, more than 1,900 higher education institutions in 96 countries and regions are listed.  

“Our college values our active engagement internationally in education in all facets of our work—scholarship, teaching, and outreach,” said Lynn Paine, associate dean and director of the Office of International Studies in Education. “We are committed to purposeful collaborations to create and share knowledge with a global reach. It’s gratifying to see, from these rankings, that the work we are doing is valued.”  

The ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects is one of several rankings that places MSU among the top institutions in the field of education, including:  

The rankings for education build upon recognition across other parts of the university. In 2022, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy named seven MSU disciplines in the top-25 in the world