UW News

August 26, 2020

Global ranking: UW is No. 16 in the world

Suzzallo globeThe University of Washington is No. 16 in the world — No. 3 among U.S. public universities — on the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities, released this month.

“The scope and quality of the work produced by our University’s researchers and scholars reflects their incredible contributions to practically every field and discipline. At a moment when we urgently need new discoveries and improved understanding for the good of humanity, academic inquiry has never been more important,” UW President Ana Mari Cauce said. “We are honored to be recognized for the achievements of our faculty, staff, students and alumni whose research is making the world a better place.”

This global ranking was first published in 2003 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Center for World-Class Universities. Since 2009, the ranking has been published by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy, which is not affiliated with any university. This year, the ranking included 1,000 universities around the world.

The consultancy calculates its rankings based on a university’s external recognition. The components of the ranking include: total number of alumni and faculty who have won major awards; number of highly cited researchers employed; and the number of papers published and cited. The UW scored especially high in the number of faculty-authored articles indexed in major science and social-science citation indices. More information about the ranking’s methodology is available on the organization’s website.