CORVALLIS, ORE. — Oregon State University’s agriculture and forestry programs are ranked seventh best in the world in a new survey of institutions.
Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings each year lists the top universities in 30 subject areas, choosing from among 3,000 universities worldwide. The rankings are based on such things as surveys that measure an institution’s reputation among academics and employers. Also considered are the number of articles that university professors and researchers publish in academic journals and the amount of citations generated by the publications. The ag and forestry programs ranked eighth best in 2013.
Dan Arp, dean of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, said the rise in ranking was a “testament to the continued great work of our faculty and researchers,” according to an OSU news release.
Thomas Maness, dean of the College of Forestry, said the ranking “recognizes the breadth and depth of our research and teaching, and our great partnership with the College of Agricultural Sciences,” according to the news release.
OSU’s ag college programs range from traditional crop and soil science and animal science research to specialized work on wine, beer, spirits and fermentation. The forestry program includes study of wildlife science, fisheries, forest ecosystems and wood products.
OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution, which focuses its research on practical application.