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Dental, civil engineering programs among top 10 in nation in Shanghai rankings

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Published August 20, 2021


UB programs in dentistry and civil engineering are among the top 10 in the United States, according to the 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

The rankings, regarded as one of the most prestigious and influential global rankings in higher education, place programs offered by UB’s School of Dental Medicine at No. 8 in the nation and No. 9 worldwide.

Civil engineering, which is part of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, was ranked No. 4 in the nation and No. 17 worldwide.

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects is largely based on university research outcomes, and institutions are scored on the number of articles published in influential academic journals, the impact and citation of research, the amount of prestigious scientific awards presented to faculty, and the volume of international collaboration on research.

Joseph J. Zambon, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and dean of the School of Dental Medicine, says the ranking shows the dedication and innovation of individuals within the dental school.

“I am extremely gratified that the remarkable accomplishments of our faculty, students and staff are recognized in this latest Academic Ranking of World Universities. And we’re very happy that our ranking supports the goal of UB President Satish Tripathi and Provost A. Scott Weber for the University at Buffalo to become one of the top 25 public research universities in the country,” he says.

Joseph F. Atkinson, professor and chair of the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, lauds faculty members, whose research is key to the ranking.

“We’re very proud of our researchers whose work has helped propel and maintain the department in the top five civil engineering departments in the country in each of the last four years. The Shanghai rankings are particularly significant since they are based on real metrics that characterize faculty accomplishments,” he says.

Additional UB programs ranked within the top 100 globally include:

  • Communication, within Nos. 51-75.
  • Library and information science, within Nos. 51-75.
  • Transportation science and technology, within Nos. 51-75.
  • Biomedical engineering, within Nos. 76-100.

Other programs ranked among the top 150 globally include computer science and engineering, education, electrical and electronic engineering, geography, management, medical technology, nanoscience and nanotechnology, nursing and psychology.

More than 4,000 universities are ranked in the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects in categories that span the natural, life, medical and social sciences, and engineering. For a full list of rankings by subject, visit the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects website.