U.S. News & World Report ranks VCU among the many greatest world universities – VCU News


In its rating of the Best Global Universities, U.S. News and World Report lists Virginia Commonwealth University among the many high 20% on this planet, tied at No. 439 out of two,165 private and non-private establishments within the U.S. and greater than 90 different international locations.

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Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., VCU’s provost and senior vice chairman for educational affairs. (University Marketing)

The rankings are based mostly on 13 indicators that measure universities’ educational analysis efficiency and their world and regional reputations. Several particular applications at VCU are ranked notably extremely within the world rankings, together with gastroenterology and hepatology (No. 17), surgical procedure (No. 86), cardiac and cardiovascular programs (No. 132), psychiatry and psychology (No. 138), neuroscience and habits (No. 193) and radiology, nuclear medication and imaging (No. 195).

Fotis Sotiropoulos, Ph.D., VCU’s provost and senior vice chairman for educational affairs, stated the rating acknowledges the momentum of VCU’s analysis enterprise, VCU’s affect and the scholarly and analysis excellence of its college.

Why is it important for VCU to be ranked among the many greatest world universities?

Well, for a variety of causes. First of all, as we attempt to develop our worldwide footprint, whether or not by means of analysis collaboration with college and universities from all all over the world or by means of our diploma program alternatives to develop worldwide scholar enrollment at VCU, being ranked among the many high universities on this planet is essential. Prestige is essential. Prestige issues.

And simply to present you a way of why, lately I used to be a part of a bunch from VCU that visited Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and India, the place we met with institutional leaders, college, workers and college students to discover potential worldwide partnerships. In these international locations, in addition to others the place VCU members have lately visited, we heard loud and clear that these universities and oldsters from overseas wish to ship their college students to the U.S., however they wish to ship them to universities which can be very respected and extremely ranked. 

So that’s No. 1. Further, the necessity to enhance our world status is essential for attracting and retaining gifted college students, trainees in addition to world class college. Finally, enhancing our rating can also be key to enhancing our home status. It reveals that our college, postdoctoral trainees, workers and college students are partaking in advancing analysis that issues and that their work makes an affect that’s acknowledged by friends across the globe.

These rankings are completely different from the U.S. News & World Report undergraduate rankings, proper? What ought to be folks’s fundamental takeaway from this recognition?

There are two forms of U.S. News rankings. So lately, as an example, we ranked within the high 30 public universities for innovation. So that’s superb too.

But the undergraduate U.S. News rankings are the primary factor that college students and oldsters are taking a look at when deciding which college to attend. We know that the very first thing somebody does after they hear a couple of college is that they Google it and see the place it ranks in U.S. News & World Report. Like it or not, that’s what folks do. But that’s the undergraduate rating. So there, we rank sixth amongst our Virginia friends.

But in these world rankings, once more by U.S. News, we rank No. 3 in Virginia. The cause why it’s completely different is as a result of it’s a distinct formulation. Different issues are counted right here. In these world rankings, the primary — truly the one — ingredient that makes up the algorithm, it’s all about analysis output, scholarly excellence, citations of the analysis that your college are performing, worldwide collaborations, what number of books your college have written, what number of conferences they go to, and the analysis status within the worldwide group.

So these rankings are all about analysis excellence and status by way of the analysis that we do. 

This rating [arrives] within the context of VCU breaking one analysis funding file after one other. We are an R1 college, which suggests we’re among the many 146 universities within the U.S. which can be ranked for very excessive analysis exercise. But additionally, this yr, we simply broke an all-time file of greater than $405 million in sponsored analysis. Right now we rank No. 58 within the U.S. amongst public universities for federally funded analysis expenditures, per the National Science Foundation, and we’re on our technique to reaching even larger. 

We are climbing in analysis status and status very, very quickly. And this worldwide rating is a testomony to the affect and the status and the significance of the analysis that VCU college are doing.

Another factor that goes into the formulation for this rating is how most of the college are among the many high 1% of most-cited scientists on this planet. 

Stanford University yearly publishes a listing of all of the researchers from all around the world who are within the high 2% of the most-cited researchers, each at the moment and all through their careers. Turns out we now have over 200 VCU college on that record. It’s actually spectacular. 

To me, what is actually necessary right here is that this explicit rating highlights the momentum of our analysis enterprise, the affect we make and the scholarly and analysis excellence of our college. 

And it’s my hope that this rating can also be going to assist our undergraduate rankings. The extra we make the tales identified about how nice VCU is by way of the analysis that we do, that’s going to inadvertently have an effect on positively what we’re attempting to do on the undergraduate rankings as properly. 

Several VCU applications — comparable to gastroenterology and hepatology, surgical procedure, scientific medication, psychiatry and psychology — are particularly extremely ranked globally. What stands out probably the most to you about that?

Well, initially, the one huge conclusion, which once more, correlates with our general analysis expenditures, is that in the event you take a look at our sponsored analysis, an enormous chunk — the bulk — comes from our well being system. And at most universities which have a well being system, particularly with a School of Medicine, that is additionally true just because the finances from the National Institutes of Health is a lot larger than the analysis budgets from different federal companies such because the NSF, the departments of Energy, Education and so forth. So, in the event you do analysis associated to well being, you have got entry to a lot extra funding. In addition, medical colleges related to well being programs are in a position to conduct scientific trials. So, general, extra funding there means our college are very properly supported to have the ability to do scholarship, to publish extra papers to current their analysis. It’s not a coincidence, the 2 are correlated. 

And I believe, to me, the precise applications which can be rating very properly, it reveals that we now have in our well being system some researchers who’re actually, actually within the higher echelon on this planet. There’s little question about this. For occasion, Dr. Ken Kendler, who’s VCU’s most-cited researcher, is listed 66th general for profession and is the world’s second-most-cited psychiatrist and first within the subfield of neurology/neurosurgery.

Likewise, the director of the Stravitz-Sanyal Institute for Liver Disease and Metabolic HealthDr. Arun Sanyal, is one other of our high researchers on this planet relating to citations. And Dr. Todd Stravitz, whose present helped launch the institute, can also be on the Stanford record.

Along these strains, on my current journey to Dubai, I met an alumnus from our College of Engineering in Abu Dhabi. We drove from Dubai to Abu Dhabi to have lunch with him. And he was telling me this story of how his spouse’s father had points with liver most cancers. He informed us that that they had him handled in England, they usually requested the medical doctors: Who is the highest title on this planet relating to liver illness? And they informed him that there’s this man named Arun Sanyal at VCU. So it’s that form of affect. And it’s not solely Ken and Arun, however there are a number of others at VCU who’re at that stage.

How do you see VCU accelerating its analysis momentum? 

An thrilling piece to that is that VCU President Michael Rao has charged our college to aspire to surpass half a billion {dollars} in sponsored analysis. While we now have raced from $310 million in 2019 to      $405 million proper now, getting this further hundred in new analysis funding goes to be a lot tougher.  But we now have a chance to get there by strategically investing in and rising the connections between all the good work that’s taking place on the well being campus with the remainder of VCU. There are great alternatives for synergies between, amongst others, engineering, physics, arts, chemistry and biology with the School of Medicine and different well being sciences items. But this won’t occur organically and can want strategic investments, dedication to information creation and transformative innovation by means of management, focus and group science-based method that integrates college students and college throughout disciplines.

So on one hand, this particular rating highlights the excellence of our well being system. On the opposite hand, it paints a path for us to go to the subsequent stage general as a college as ONE VCU, and that we are able to do this by higher constructing analysis connections throughout the well being sciences, STEM, social sciences, arts and humanities fields amongst our campuses right here and in Doha, Qatar.