Friday, November 16

UCLA sees drops in world university rankings for multiple subjects


UCLA currently ranks No. 14 in arts and humanities, No. 35 in engineering and technology and No. 9 in life sciences and medicine subject groups worldwide, according to a new ranking released Wednesday. (Daily Bruin file photo)

UCLA currently ranks No. 14 in arts and humanities, No. 35 in engineering and technology and No. 9 in life sciences and medicine subject groups worldwide, according to a new ranking released Wednesday. (Daily Bruin file photo)


UCLA and other University of California campuses dropped in more international university ranking categories than it rose in, according to an annual survey by an independent British educational marketing company.

Quacquarelli Symonds published its 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject report Wednesday, which ranked UCLA and UC Berkeley among the top-10 universities worldwide. However, UCLA dropped in 22 categories under fields such as arts, humanities, engineering and sciences.

The report added that while U.S. colleges and universities overall dropped in more rankings than they rose in this year, most of top-ranked universities on QS’s list are still located in the U.S.

In the report, QS evaluated 48 different subjects of five subject groups at universities worldwide by academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-student ratio, citations per faculty and international student and faculty ratio.

Out of 1,130 institutions in 75 countries worldwide, UCLA ranked No. 9 in the arts and humanities subject group in 2017, but dropped to No. 14 in 2018. Similarly, UCLA’s ranking in engineering and technology dropped from No. 30 to No. 35, and from No. 8 to No. 9 in life sciences and medicine.

UC Berkeley’s rankings for arts and humanities stayed at No. 4 from 2017, while its engineering and technology ranking dropped from No. 8 to No. 11. In life sciences and medicine, UC Berkeley’s ranking dropped from No. 14 to No. 18.

The UC’s overall rankings dropped in 80 categories and rose in 24 categories.

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Zhen is an assistant news editor for the national and higher education beat. She was previously a contributor for the campus politics beat and an online contributor.


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