Global ranking nets CSU a trio of top-10 spots

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), which measures the quality of education and training for students at universities around the world, has placed Colorado State University in the top 10 in three subject areas: “biodiversity conservation” (10), “engineering, ocean” (10), and “meteorology and atmospheric sciences” (7).

The subject-specific rankings were published earlier this month by the United Arab Emirates-based organization. In 2016, the CWUR placed CSU at No. 282 overall in its World University Rankings.

This year’s subject rankings list the world’s leading universities in 227 categories. The rankings are based on the number of research articles from these universities that appear in top-tier journals. Data is obtained from Clarivate Analytics. For example, for the “engineering, ocean” ranking, the top journals in which CSU research appeared were: Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology; Coastal Engineering; and Ocean Engineering.

For the biodiversity ranking, Chris Funk, director of CSU’s Global Biodiversity Center in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, said that no single college or department at CSU is responsible for the high marks. “Rather, this is due to the fact that we have incredible strength in biodiversity conservation-related research in pretty much all the colleges on campus.”

CSU researchers are conducting such biodiversity work all over the world. A large number of those projects are detailed at the Global Biodiversity Center website.