UC Davis ranked first in ag and forestry for teaching and research

blindelof@sacbee.comMay 8, 2013 

Robert Norris, a crop scientist at UC Davis, and is seen cataloging species of weeds in a field of wheat in a long term research plot west of Davis back in 2000. UC Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the areas of agriculture and forestry for teaching and research.

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UC Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the areas of agriculture and forestry for teaching and research.

QS World University Rankings, a British firm, evaluated 2,858 universities and ranked 678 of them in 30 subject areas.

This is the first year that the firm has produced rankings for agriculture and forestry, according to a university press release. The University of California, Davis also placed 12th in environmental sciences and 25 in biological sciences.

"At the institutional level, this ranking signifies rich teaching and research programs," said Mary Delany, interim dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

The university has more than 5,800 undergraduate students in 27 majors and more than 1,000 graduate students. More than 3,000 acres of the university campus are devoted to agricultural research.

The QS rankings are prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), previously the data provider for the annual Times Higher Education rankings.

The firm uses four measures to rank universities within subject areas: the number of times research publications from the institution were cited by other researchers in professional journals, opinions of other academics in the field, opinions of employers in the field and the H-index.

The H-index measures the number of research papers published as well as the number of times those papers have been cited by other researchers.

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