Latest international rankings from Shanghai Jiao Tong University show Viterbi School gaining ground
October 09, 2008 — The Viterbi School of Engineering moved up to 11th in the world in engineering, technology and computer science programs in the recently released 2008 Shanghai Jiao Tong University rankings of the world’s top 100 universities.
"We're thrilled to have our achievements recognized," said Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School. "These rankings are based on things like numbers of publications and how highly cited these publications are."
This is the second year that universities have been ranked by broad subject fields, such as engineering, technology and computer science, in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University survey. In the previous year's ranking, the School ranked #12.
The university's International rankings began in 2003 because the Chinese wanted an objective measure of the gap between Chinese universities and those in the rest of the wold, particularly in terms of academic or research performance.
Institutions are ranked on indicators such as the number of highly cited researchers; number of articles published in the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index; number of articles published in the top 20 percent of trade journals in each broad subject field; and total engineering-related research expenditures in a given year.
MIT came in first among all public and private university programs in engineering, technology and computer science worldwide.