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UH Mānoa receives academic, research, sustainability honors

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The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has been rated one of the top universities in the world for academic, research and sustainability excellence. Photo Courtesy: UH Mānoa

One of the top universities in the world for academic, research and sustainability excellence is the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, according to the 2024 edition of the QS World University Rankings by global higher educational analyst Quacquarelli Symonds.

UH’s flagship campus ranked No. 66 among U.S. institutions (out of nearly 4,000 colleges and universities in the country) and No. 386 in the world (out of more than 25,000 worldwide colleges and universities), according to the rankings released June 27. This places UH Mānoa in the top 2% both nationally and globally.

“As we prepare to welcome our incoming students to the campus this fall, these rankings show that they will receive a world-class education as part of our ʻohana of globally-recognized students, faculty and staff,” UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno said. “We are proud of UH Mānoa’s consistent performance and high level of achievement in the world’s most respected rankings.”


For its 20th edition of the world rankings, QS introduced three new metrics—sustainability (5%), employment outcomes (5%) and international research network (5%), joining its existing criteria of academic reputation (30%), citations per faculty (20%), employer reputation (15%), faculty student ratio (10%), international faculty index (5%) and international student index (5%). According to QS, these changes reflect the shifts in higher education that have occurred over the past two decades, including the growing importance of sustainability, employability and research collaborations.

QS Senior Vice President Ben Sowter said, “The 2024 QS World University Rankings represents a major step in the evolution of the exercise, marking the most significant innovation in its methodological paradigm since its inception two decades ago. More than ever, it aligns with Gen Z and Alpha priorities, providing institutions with a unique lens through which to assess their performance in areas paramount to shaping a brighter future for generations to come.”


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