The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) presented its 2017 edition of rankings by subjects of the best universities in the world. Globally, the UAB occupies position number 166.
This year, the UAB reaches eighth position worldwide in the CWUR ranking of Environmental Studies, with a score of 93.44 over 100; and in the ranking of Veterinary Sciences, with a score of 93.88 over 100. This year's edition also locates the UAB globally in position 166 among other institutions with subjects ranging among the top 10.
The ranking takes into account information from 26,000 higher education institutions from around the world and highlights the top centres in sciences and social sciences, based on the number of research articles published in the most prestigious scientific journals. The Subjects Ranking edition looks at 227 areas covering all academic disciplines in these fields. The data is obtained by the Web of Science. The CWUR is the only global university ranking which does not use surveys or data sent in from each university.
It takes into consideration eight indicators to measure the global position of a university: quality of education, measured by the number of a university's students who have won international awards (25% of the final score); alumni employment, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have held CEO positions in top companies (25%); quality of faculty members, measured by the number of academics who have won major international awards, prizes, and medals (25%); number of articles published (5%); influence, measured by the number of research papers appearing in highly-influential journals (5%); citations, measured by the number of highly-cited research papers (5%); broad impact, measured by the university's h-index (5%); and, finally, patents, measured by the number of international patent filings (5%).