UArizona Earns Strong Marks in Two International Rankings

The University of Arizona was named one of the top 30 public universities in the United States by the Center for World University Rankings and QS.

TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona has been recognized as one of the world’s top higher education institutions in a pair of prestigious global rankings.

UArizona placed No. 89 out of 20,000 global colleges and universities in the annual Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), released Monday. The university ranked No. 48 among U.S. institutions and No. 27 among public colleges and universities.

CWUR uses the following indicators to rank the world’s universities:

  • Quality of education, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have won major academic distinctions relative to the university’s size (25%)
  • Alumni employment, measured by the number of a university’s alumni who have held top executive positions at the world’s largest companies relative to the university’s size (25%)
  • Quality of faculty, measured by the number of faculty members who have won major academic distinctions (10%)
  • Research performance:
    • Research output, measured by the total number of research articles (10%)
    • High-quality publications, measured by the number of research articles appearing in top-tier journals (10%)
    • Influence, measured by the number of research articles appearing in highly-influential journals (10%)
    • Citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research articles (10%)

Old Main Building at the University of Arizona

UArizona’s best rankings came in CWUR’s quality of faculty (No. 70) and research performance (No. 101) indicators.

UArizona also secured a spot in the annual QS World University Rankings, tied for No. 273 among 1,002 published institutions. QS considered more than 1,600 colleges and universities for its ranking, released Wednesday. UArizona placed No. 57 among U.S. institutions and No. 29 among public universities.

QS uses the following indicators to rank the world’s universities:

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Student/faculty ratio (20%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • International faculty (5%)
  • International students (5%)

UArizona’s best ranking came in the academic reputation category (No. 199), while the university’s 111-spot increase in the student/faculty ratio category represents its biggest improvement.

In May, UArizona appeared in QS’s first ranking of U.S. colleges and universities, tying for No. 68 overall and No. 29 among public colleges and universities.

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A version of this story appeared originally on the UANews website.

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The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. UArizona Health Sciences includes the Colleges of Medicine (Tucson and Phoenix), Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona, the greater Southwest and around the world to provide next-generation education, research and outreach. A major economic engine, Health Sciences employs nearly 5,000 people, has approximately 4,000 students and 900 faculty members, and garners $200 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).

About the University of Arizona
The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 20 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 65 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually. For more information: arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram).