Mason Recognized in Top 100 of Academic Ranking of World Universities

Posted: September 4, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Ferraro

Mason was ranked as one of the top 100 North and Latin American universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Institute of Higher Education conducts the analysis annually and published the results on the institute’s web site on Friday, Aug. 15.

Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance. These include the number of alumni and staff members who have won Nobel Prizes or Fields Medals; the prevalence of highly cited researchers; the number of faculty articles published in the journals Nature and Science; and the frequency with which articles are indexed in major citations indices. The per capita academic performance of an institution is also considered.

“Being recognized by Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities is a very rewarding reflection of Mason’s global outreach,” says Mason Provost Peter Stearns.

“This is a great illustration of how Mason has used its global energy to boost its reputation in the United States and abroad.”

As an institution that has made global education a priority, Mason offers a wide range of academic programs, from undergraduate degrees in global affairs and global and environmental change to doctoral programs in climate dynamics and other fields that foster global understanding. Several programs also require global residencies in which students learn how to live and work in a global society.

The university has also established research and educational collaborations abroad that provide opportunities for students and faculty members to work outside of the United States, participate in international research initiatives and address social issues around the world.

For example, the Sino-America 1+2+1 dual degree program, which Mason joined in 2004, is an international education initiative that brings American and Chinese universities together to offer dual degrees to Chinese undergraduate students.

In the program, students spend their freshman year at a Chinese university, their sophomore and junior years at an American university and their senior year back at their original university in China. After completing the program, students receive baccalaureate degrees from both schools.

The first 15 graduates of Mason’s 1+2+1 program received undergraduate degrees at a graduation ceremony at Yunnan University in China in June. Mason recently welcomed another 32 Chinese students to begin their two years of study as part of the 1+2+1 program.

With a goal of providing world-class educational facilities in association with other highly respected universities from all over the world, Mason opened the doors to its Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Campus in 2006. Located in the United Arab Emirates, RAK is the university’s first campus outside of the United States., Currently home to 80 students from countries around the world, the RAK Campus offers bachelor of science degrees in programs such as biology, electronics and computer engineering and applied computer science.

Mason also provides its students opportunities to study almost anywhere in the world through its Center for Global Education. The center offers short-term, semester and yearlong honors study abroad; international internships; and intensive language programs in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South America and the South Pacific.

Through Mason’s numerous centers and institutes, faculty members and students are working on some of the most pressing issues around the globe, including conflict analysis and resolution, Earth observing and space research, health policy research and international education.

In September, Mason will join more than 400 universities from 80 countries worldwide and will become the second university in Virginia to sign the Magna Charta, a document committed to promoting global education.

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