Thursday, April 6, 2017

UG recovers its mojo

The University of Guelph has bounced back from a couple of decades of decline and now is ranked among the best agri-food universities in the world, according to The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).

CWUR publishes the largest academic ranking of universities worldwide; it released its inaugural ranking on 227 subjects this week.

The University of Guelph ranked third in the world for agriculture, dairy and animal science and fourth for food and technology.

For both categories, Guelph was tops in Canada.

“These rankings reflect the excellence of our faculty, staff and students, and the strong support of our many dedicated partners, especially the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,” said Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College.

He said the results reflect Guelph’s recent agri-food successes, including a $77-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund awarded last fall for the University’s Food From Thought project and a $20-million gift announced recently for the Arrell Food Institute.

“These rankings also remind us of the leadership opportunities and responsibilities we have in agriculture and food not only provincially and nationally but globally,” Van Acker said.
The rankings are based on faculty quality and research intensity, specifically articles published in top-tier journals.

The top-ranked schools in agriculture were Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.