UW News

October 12, 2015

UW remains fifth in global ranking of university achievements in scientific research

UW News

Continuing a recent string of noteworthy accolades, the University of Washington held its place at No. 5 in the world on the National Taiwan University Ranking of Scientific Papers, which was released Friday. The ranking is based on performance of scientific papers in three major categories — research productivity, research impact and research excellence.

“One of the major ways we contribute to the health and prosperity of our world is through research and scholarship. Given the excellence of our faculty, it is no surprise that a ranking based on research productivity, impact and excellence would place us at the top. They truly deserve this honor,” said Ana Mari Cauce, UW interim president.

This year, in addition to the overall performance ranking, the rankings include six field-based rankings and 14 subject-based rankings (see more information on these below), all of which will continue to be updated annually. For more information about the National Taiwan University Ranking program, visit http://nturanking.lis.ntu.edu.tw/.

The new NTU ranking follows several other notable placements for the UW, which last week jumped to No. 11 (third among public universities) in U.S. News & World Report’s Global University Rankings. Reuters last month named the UW the fourth most innovative university in the world – top among public universities; Washington Monthly named the UW the No. 7 university in the country and the “best bang for your buck” in the west; and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities named the UW No. 15 (fourth among public institutions) on the planet for the second consecutive year, and subsequently released an alternate ranking – removing Nobel Prizes and Field Medals that may have been won dozens of years ago from consideration – in which the UW ranked No. 9. Earlier this summer, the UW landed seventh on the list of universities with research articles published in the journals Nature and Science.

The following UW areas of study ranked in the top 10 of the NTU Rankings by field or subject:

  • Pharmacology & toxicology (subject; third)
  • Geosciences (subject; fourth)
  • Social sciences (field; tied for fourth)
  • Clinical medicine (field; eighth)
  • Life sciences (field; ninth)