UC Santa Cruz among the world’s best in two new global rankings

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UCSC researchers are among the most productive in the world. (Photo by Elena Zhukova)

UC Santa Cruz and other UC campuses were named among the world’s best universities in two separate rankings this week, with both assessments focusing on the high-quality of research at UC and its outsized influence in scholarly and academic publications around the globe.

Scientific journal Nature named all 10 campuses and UC's three affiliated national laboratories in its index of the top 500 institutions and universities that dominated research last year in the natural sciences. Nature developed its list by evaluating the volume of high-quality research published in a select group scientific journals in 2018. UC Santa Cruz and eight other UC campuses ranked among the top 100 North American academic institutions.

All of which is to say that when it comes to producing ground-breaking, peer-reviewed research in the life sciences, chemistry, physical sciences, and Earth and environmental sciences, the 10-campus UC system is among the world’s most prolific.

QS World Rankings also issued its list of the world’s top 1,000 undergraduate universities, with eight UC campuses, including UC Santa Cruz, among the global elite.

QS compiled its list through a weighted assessment that included academic reputation, reputation among employers, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty, and the ratio of international faculty and international students on campuses.

Academic reputation accounted for 40 percent of the score, with universities being assessed based on a survey of 94,000 people in higher education who were asked their opinions regarding teaching and research quality at the world’s universities.