CityU ranked 1st among UGC-funded universities for the 5th consecutive year for 15 academic subjects listed in world’s top 50

Michelle Liu, Inez Chau

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CityU has 15 subjects ranked in the top 50, with eight ranked 1st in Hong Kong.


Fifteen academic subjects at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have been ranked in the top 50 in the world, according to the ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) 2022, while Library and Information Science is ranked 2nd globally. These results place CityU 1st among Hong Kong universities for five consecutive years in terms of the highest number of subjects included in the top 50 GRAS list, signifying once again the University’s excellence and strengths.

In addition to the 15 subjects ranked in the top 50 (details shown in the table below), CityU has a total of 35 subjects listed in the overall GRAS ranking. Eight are ranked 1st in Hong Kong, including Library & Information Science, Automation & Control, Nanoscience & Nanotechnology, Energy Science & Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Electrical & Electronic Engineering, and Public Administration.

In particular, Library & Information Science ranked 2nd globally exemplifies the University’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity because its research achievements result from joint efforts in Computer Science, Information Systems, Data Science, and related areas.

CityU’s subjects ranked in the top 50 in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022:

Subject Global Ranking
Library & Information Science 2*
Automation & Control 12*
Nanoscience & Nanotechnology 21*
Energy Science & Engineering 23*
Metallurgical Engineering 24*
Management 25
Biomedical Engineering 29
Instruments Science & Technology 29
Materials Science & Engineering 31*
Computer Science & Engineering 34
Telecommunication Engineering 35
Electrical & Electronic Engineering 36*
Public Administration 38*
Civil Engineering 43
Finance 48

* 1st in Hong Kong

Under the leadership of President Way Kuo, CityU advocates “the integration of research and teaching” and has become a leading global university. It aims to promote a knowledge-based economy and is well-known as an innovative hub for research and professional education. CityU has been one of the most progressive universities in the world over the past decade with excellent performances in established indicators and rankings.

“CityU values academic expertise. We remain committed to creating practical knowledge for social and economic advancement and we continue to contribute to society through quality education and impactful research,” President Kuo said.

In summary, 23 of the 35 subjects listed in the overall GRAS ranking are ranked in the top 100, and 15 in the top 50. The Engineering discipline at CityU attained the best performance, with 16 subjects included and 11 of them listed in the top 50. Next was the Social Sciences discipline, with 12 subjects included and four of them listed in the top 50, while six subjects in the Natural Science discipline and one subject in Life Sciences were listed.

GRAS was first published by the higher education evaluation agency ShanghaiRanking in 2017. It contains rankings for universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. It uses a range of objective academic indicators to measure the performance of world universities in their respective subjects, including international academic awards, research output, research quality, and international collaboration. More than 4,000 universities around the world are evaluated every year, and more than 1,800 universities in 90 countries and regions are listed.


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