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The University of Arizona achieves first place in U.S. water resources ranking

Alistair Dominguez
Martina Leuderalbert

PHOENIX, AZ - The University of Arizona has ranked first in the U.S. for its work in the water resources field. It is the fifth year for UA to achieve the first rank in the U.S. and took the second spot globally in ShanghaiRanking's 2021 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

"I am proud to see University of Arizona scientists recognized once again with this prestigious ranking," said University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins. "Our leadership in water resources is a point of significant pride for the university, and our expertise and experience in the vitally important areas of sustainability and climate resilience will have an undeniable impact both now and in the future."

ShanghaiRanking is an institutional ranking by the Center for World-Class Universities and the Graduate School of Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. The ranking system was first published in June 2003, and updated annually since 2009 with copyright by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

Prior to this year, UA has achieved the number one spot globally in 2019 and 2018 and ranked second globally in 2020. This year's number one spot was taken by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, followed by UA in the second spot and Beijing Normal University, Texas A&M, and the University of New South Wales at the respective rank of third to fifth.

"In 2020, Arizona experienced the second driest year in more than a century, and much of the state and the U.S. Southwest are in extreme to exceptional drought," said the senior vice president for research and innovation, Elizabeth Cantwell.

"The impacts of water security and management are wide-ranging. By leveraging both the intellectual rigor of our researchers and our natural surroundings, the University is tackling urgent, consequential water resources challenges holistically for Arizonans and populations well beyond the Southwest."

The global ranking was assessed by the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects that scores more than 4,000 global universities across 54 subjects in five categories including natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medical sciences, and social sciences.

The numbers of papers that have been created by an institution in an academic subject, the total papers published in top journals, the international collaboration numbers, and the total number of staff members that have achieved awards are part of the assessed points for this ranking system.

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