UW Today

September 21, 2016

UW jumps to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine, pharmacy; remains No. 6 in life sciences

The University of Washington moved up to No. 2 in the world for clinical medicine and pharmacy in the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields conducted by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University and released this month. The ARWU evaluates more than 1,200 universities and is recognized for basing its rankings on objective indicators, such as the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes, highly cited researchers, and publications in top medical journals.

A globe in Suzzallo library

Globes hanging in the reading room in the Suzzallo Library.University of Washington

The UW maintained its No. 15 position in the overall ARWU university rankings released in August.

The move up to No. 2 in clinical medicine and pharmacy is a jump for the UW from the third position in 2015, and now puts it behind only Harvard in this category.

“This prestigious ranking is a tribute to the outstanding work and global impact of our faculty and staff at UW Medicine,” said Dr. Paul Ramsey, chief executive officer of UW Medicine. “From basic science research into the mechanisms of disease, to clinical breakthroughs that lead to better treatments and cures, we are successfully executing on our mission to improve the health of the public.”

“I am pleased to learn from these rankings that School of Pharmacy faculty, staff and students are justly recognized for their important work,” said Sean D. Sullivan, Professor and Dean of the UW School of Pharmacy. “We are leaders in discovering safer, better and more cost-effective therapies all while remaining focused on improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

For the third consecutive year, the UW ranked No. 6 in life sciences, a category that includes work by faculty and staff in biology and biochemistry; molecular biology and genetics; microbiology; immunology; neuroscience; agricultural sciences; plant and animal science; and ecology and environmental sciences.