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University of Houston Lands 18 Programs in Latest QS World University Rankings

By Shawn Lindsey 713-743-5725

The University of Houston is, once again, demonstrating its strength as a global leader. UH has 18 programs ranked among the top in the world according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released today by QS Quacquarelli Symonds.

UH’s hospitality programs in the Conrad N. Hilton College of Global Hospitality Leadership led the way with a world rank of No. 35. The petroleum engineering program in the Cullen College of Engineering also ranked in the top 100 worldwide (51-100).

In its annual list, QS evaluated 55 narrow academic disciplines and five broad faculty areas by analyzing the reputation and research output of almost 5,000 institutions worldwide. In total, it provides independent comparative analysis on the performance of more than 16,400 individual university programs in 96 locations around the world.

“We are pleased to have yet one more accolade confirming the quality of our programs. Our faculty members are at the forefront of groundbreaking research spanning various fields, positioning UH as a global leader in advancing societal progress and fostering innovation,” said Diane Z. Chase, senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

In addition to the 18 individual subjects that were ranked, UH’s earned an overall world ranking in three of the five broad disciplines: engineering and technology, natural sciences, and social sciences and management.

Using five key metrics— academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations, research impact and cross-border research collaboration. Of the almost 5,000 institutions evaluated, fewer than a third of the institutions earned a published world ranking. The U.S. led the rankings with 213 institutions, followed by the United Kingdom (103) and China (101).

“QS’ analysis of performance trends across nearly 16,000 university departments worldwide continues to illuminate factors influencing the quality of higher education institutions globally,” said QS senior vice president Ben Sowter. “An international outlook remains paramount, manifested through diversity of students, faculty body and research relationships. Additionally, universities experiencing upward mobility have benefited from sustained, targeted investment, highlighting the importance of government support. Meanwhile, the development of partnerships with industry correlates with improved performance in employment and research.”

UH Programs in the QS World Rankings by Subject:

Arts & Humanities

   - English Language & Literature                        

Social Sciences and Management (Overall Ranking)

   - Hospitality & Leisure Management                  

   - Accounting & Finance                                    

   - Economics & Econometrics                            

   - Education                                                    

   - Business & Management Studies

Engineering and Technology (Overall Ranking)

   - Petroleum Engineering                                  

   - Engineering – Chemical                                 

   - Engineering - Electrical & Electronic                

   - Engineering - Mechanical, Aeronautical & Ma.  

   - Computer Science & Information Systems       

Life Sciences and Medicine

   - Psychology                                                   

   - Medicine                                                      

   - Biological Sciences                                        

Natural Sciences (Overall Ranking)

   - Chemistry                                                    

   - Materials Science                                          

   - Mathematics

   - Physics & Astronomy

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