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Three Texas A&M Science Academic Programs Ranked Among World’s Top 50

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Three academic programs in the Texas A&M University College of Science are among the world’s top 50 in the Shanghai Ranking 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).

Statistics paced the College of Science, coming in at 18th worldwide and 15th among U.S. universities within the 200 total global institutions ranked in the discipline. Chemistry followed closely at 22nd globally and 11th in the U.S. among a total of 500 institutions listed in the subject. Mathematics rounded out Texas A&M Science’s top-50 trio, clocking in at 42nd among its globally ranked field of 500 and 21st in the U.S.

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The 2021 Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) assessed more than 4,000 universities in a total of 54 subjects across the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences.

Two additional Texas A&M Science programs, Physics and Biological Sciences, came in globally between 100-151 and 151-200, respectively (beyond 100, universities are listed in batch increments according to alphabetical order). Collectively, Texas A&M is ranked among the top 50 institutions worldwide in 17 subjects.

“These rankings reflect highly on the College of Science’s impact on scientific research and education around the world,” said Texas A&M Dean of Science and Distinguished Professor of Statistics Dr. Valen E. Johnson.

The Shanghai Ranking, officially known as the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), has been published on an annual basis by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University since 2003. It is recognized as the precursor of global university rankings as well as one of the most trustworthy, given its transparent methodology and objective use of third-party data.

The ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals as well as a variety of research-focused indicators, such as number of research publications and citations. More than 1,800 universities are ranked by ARWU every year, with the best 1,000 being published. In this year’s ARWU ranking, Texas A&M finished between 151-200 globally and 57-62 in the U.S., respectively.

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Three subjects housed within the Texas A&M College of Science finished among the top 50 in the world: statistics (18th), chemistry (22nd) and mathematics (42nd).

The Shanghai Ranking began to rank universities by academic subjects in 2009, continually refining its methodology before releasing its initial published Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) in 2017. The 2021 GRAS contains rankings of universities in a total of 54 subjects across the natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences and social sciences. More than 4,000 universities from 93 countries were evaluated for the current ranking, which lists more than 1,800 institutions across the five categories combined.

Learn more about The Shanghai Ranking, including methodology, at http://www.shanghairanking.com/.

For additional information about research in the Texas A&M College of Science, visit https://science.tamu.edu/research/.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Valen E. Johnson, (979) 845-8817 or vejohnson@tamu.edu

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