Shanghai Rankings Place UCI’s Water Resources Program No. 5 in US

Aug. 18, 2020 - UC Irvine has been ranked No. 5 in the U.S., and No. 14 globally, in the area of water resources according to the Shanghai 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities by academic subjects, released in June.   

“I am really pleased to hear this exciting news,” said Sunny Jiang, chair and professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “This ranking is a reflection of our department’s  achievements. It acknowledges our faculty’s contributions to cutting edge research and our commitment to education in the field of hydrology and water resources.”

The Samueli School of Engineering’s hydrology and water resources program is internationally known for its impactful and innovative research, and the excellence of its faculty and students. The program spans diverse aspects of water quantity and quality, including mathematical modeling of water cycle dynamics, remote sensing of the environment, prediction of extremes and water-related hazards such as floods and droughts, transport of pollutants in aquatic systems, and modeling the impact of humans in natural and urban environments. Faculty research achievements range from fundamental theory, to state-of-the-art precipitation products used for decision support, to flood mapping tools and climate change impacts.

The Shanghai subject rankings scored more than 4,000 global universities across 54 subjects in five categories (natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences). The scores are based on the number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject, the ratio of citation of papers published in the subject to the average citations of papers in the same category, the number of papers published in top journals, the amount of international collaboration and the total number of faculty or researchers that have won significant awards.

The ARWU's institutional ranking was first published in June 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities, Graduate School of Education (formerly the Institute of Higher Education) of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, and has been updated on an annual basis. Since 2009, the ARWU has been published and copyrighted by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

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