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Programs are among the world's best

By CORY NEALON

Published August 31, 2017

UB’s programs in civil engineering, information and library science, and communications are among the top 50 worldwide, according to the 2017 the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

The ARWU, as known as Shanghai Ranking, is regarded as one of the most prestigious and influential global rankings. The rankings are largely based on university research outcomes, such as the number of articles published in high-impact academic journals, highly cited researchers and scientific awards, and per-capita performance.

Civil engineering was ranked No. 7 among engineering schools in the United States and No. 16 worldwide.

“We are pleased to have been recognized in this way, and to know that our faculty are contributing to the quantifiable, high-quality outcomes considered in this ranking procedure,” says Joseph Atkinson, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. “This ranking reinforces our place as one of the top departments for research. We’re proud of our many award-winning and dedicated faculty members.”

Information and library science, part of the Graduate School of Education, placed No. 19 among U.S. universities and No. 33 worldwide. Communication was listed No. 28 in U.S. and No. 38 worldwide.

As previously reported, the School of Dental Medicine was ranked No. 10 among dental schools in the U.S. and No. 11 among dental schools worldwide

The AWRU ranking has been described by The Economist magazine as “the most widely used ranking of the world’s research universities” and by The Chronicle of Higher Education as “the most influential international ranking.”

The list was released earlier this month as part of ARWU’s annual ranking. The full 2017 ARWU report and methodology is available online.