Queen's University

Chemistry and economics departments rank in top 100 worldwide

 
2010-01-22

Queen’s University chemistry and economics departments are both rated in the top 100 in a prestigious academic world survey.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities looks at more than 1,000 universities and uses six objective indicators, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals and the number of articles published in prestigious journals.

Robert Lemieux, head of Queen’s chemistry, feels the news doesn’t come as surprise because the department has a solid reputation.

“Queen’s chemistry has made remarkable strides over the past decade towards becoming one of the best chemistry departments in Canada. Over that period, we have hired outstanding young and mid-career faculty, including five Canada Research Chairs, who have rapidly grown in stature at the international level,” Professor Lemieux says. “I think the department stands out by the fact that most of our research programs are cross-disciplinary in nature, and many involve collaborations between Queen’s chemistry faculty members. This rich cross-fertilization has resulted in groundbreaking research advances in biological, materials, computational, environmental and green chemistry.”

Harvard University was the top-ranked school in both chemistry and economics.

A survey on higher education published by The Economist in 2005 described ARWU as “the most widely used annual ranking of the world's research universities.”

Click here to view this year's chemistry rankings and click here to see the economics rankings.

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