Ranking places UNL at 21st nationally, 55th worldwide, for Ag and forestry programs

Ranking places UNL at 21st nationally, 55th worldwide, for Ag and forestry programs
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April 1st, 2021 | UNL

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is home to one of the top agriculture and forestry programs in the world, according to the 2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

UNL ranks 21st among U.S. Ag and forestry programs and 55th worldwide, according to the rankings, which were released earlier this month.

“Nebraska is the epicenter of agriculture in the United States, a leader in ag innovation and a partner for agricultural and natural resources research taking place all around the world,” said Mike Boehm, NU vice president and Harlan Vice Chancellor of UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “I’m proud of UNL’s longstanding reputation as a leader in agricultural and forestry programs, and I’m excited about the momentum we’re building when it comes to research, teaching and outreach.” 

Nebraska is an ideal agricultural laboratory. It is a world leader in agricultural innovation and food production, and the third largest agricultural economy in the United States. It is also home to seven climate zones, which mirror growing conditions in regions throughout the world. Nebraska researchers are at any time working on approximately 300 research projects throughout the state. Because many research faculty members also hold teaching or extension appointments, exciting new discoveries move quickly from the field or laboratory into the classroom and across Nebraska.

UNL’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources graduated its second-largest class its nearly 150-year history in 2020. Also in 2020, the college welcomed its first cohort of Change Maker scholarship recipients. The college’s goal with this program was to hear from students around the world who dare to dream big and do the extraordinary to address local and global issues such as food security, sustainability and water use. Students selected as Change Makers receive a scholarship, are partnered with mentors, are provided the opportunity to make their big ideas a reality, and are connected through a learning community. 

“We strive to prepare students to tackle the big challenges facing our growing world,” said Tiffany Heng-Moss, CASNR dean. “CASNR undergraduate programs prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s greatest local, state, and global challenges around food, energy, water, and societal systems. Our students are inspired to take their development beyond the classroom and make their mark on the world.”

The QS World University Rankings by Subject evaluates institutions based on four metrics: academic reputation; employer reputation; citations per paper; scholarly productivity and impact.

The QS World University Rankings by Subject are prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds, a leading global higher education company.

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