The University of Arizona ranks 30th in the world and 9th among U.S. public universities in arts and humanities, according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Global Universities.”
Overall, the UA ranked No. 85 out of 1,500 higher education institutions across 81 countries in the 2020 Best Global Universities ranking, released Tuesday. The UA was No. 44 among universities in the U.S. and No. 21 among public universities.
U.S. News & World Report's Best Global Universities also ranks colleges and universities in 28 separate subjects. The University of Arizona earned a spot on 26 of the subject rankings, which focus specifically on schools' academic research and reputation overall.
In the arts and humanities category, the UA is rated 30th globally, based on reputation and research in the field.
“This is welcome recognition of the world-class quality of our University of Arizona faculty. In the humanities, we are home to bold and forward-thinking educators and researchers,” said Alain-Philippe Durand, dean of the College of Humanities. “We place a strong emphasis on multilingualism, digital humanities and intercultural competence to address the grand challenges of a globally interconnected world.”
The university's highest subject ranking once again came in space science, where the UA is tied for No. 11 overall. The next highest rankings came in plant and animal sciences (20), geosciences (29), arts and humanities (30), and environment and ecology (35).
“The UA’s excellence traditionally spans across a broad range of disciplines. Similarly, our humanities faculty take an interdisciplinary and innovative approach to research and teaching,” Durand says. “As the Fourth Industrial Revolution and new technologies change the way people live and work, our scholarship will remain on the cutting edge and our alumni will continue to become successful leaders of the global economy.”
Earlier this year, the UA was ranked 11th among U.S. public universities in the arts and humanities category by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.