Texas A&M Academic Programs Rank Among Best In Worldwide Survey of Universities

AcadBld_aerial-650Several Texas A&M University academic programs rank among the best in the world out of tens of thousands of universities, according to a widely watched survey compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, which focuses on the top 100 universities globally — with Texas A&M one of them.

In addition to listing the top 100 universities around the world, the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities provides various rankings at the college/discipline level, with Texas A&M faring well in several categories — headed by engineering, in which it is ranked 10th. Texas A&M’s Dwight Look College of Engineering has risen rapidly in this prestigious survey, being ranked 15th last year and 22nd in 2013.

Engineering 350Also, Texas A&M placed 14th in mathematics, 28th in economics/business, 36th in social sciences, 39th in chemistry, 40th in natural sciences and mathematics, 49th in physics, in the 51-75 category for computer science. Within the U. S., the Shanghai survey ranks Texas A&M 51st. The list includes both public and private institutions.

“Rankings such as this one are important because they put the spotlight on the excellence of faculty and of particular disciplines, and those factors attract top students,” said John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System. “I offer congratulations from the System to all of the outstanding faculty at Texas A&M University who make results such as this possible.”

President Michael K. Young, in expressing pride that Texas A&M is included in the 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities, said the listings are based on objective metrics, such as number of peer-reviewed publications, number of citations and amount of research funding.

“We are obviously pleased to be ranked among the best universities in this prestigious survey that is closely watched by our peers throughout higher education — in the U.S. and around the world,” President Young said. “We are confident that as we continue to strengthen our programs throughout the university, we will continue to fare well — and even better — in such assessments.

“While noteworthy rankings are gratifying, the most important factor for us is to continue to serve our students in the best possible manner and to carry out our research and outreach initiatives in innovative ways that benefit the state and nation — and, indeed, the world. To accomplish those goals, we have assembled a world-class faculty, and we are continuing to attract even more stellar professors who both teach and conduct research.”

The overall list is headed by Harvard, Stanford, MIT, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Cambridge. The annual survey is typically dominated by U.S. universities.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies, two service units and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 135,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $820 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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