Purdue University was ranked 56th in the 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanhgai Jiao Tong University. Purdue was 61st last year and 69th in 2010.
In specialty rankings, Purdue ranks 10th in engineering, 19th in chemistry, 20th in computer science and 47th in overall science.
"Rankings are one measure of a university's impact on the world," said university acting President Timothy Sands. "This international recognition reflects how Purdue excels at building academic, research and business relationships around the globe. It tells prospective students that Purdue will prepare them to successfully compete and collaborate in the worldwide economy."
Beginning in 2003, the ARWU has ranked the top 500 universities annually based on six indicators. These include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Scientific, number of articles published in the journals Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Index – Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance with respect to the size of an institution.
In 2010 Purdue professor Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Last year, Purdue was ranked 47th worldwide among universities with the most articles published in the prestigious Nature research journals.
Other Big Ten universities ranked in the top 100 include the University of Wisconsin (19), the University of Michigan (22), the University of Illinois (25), the University of Minnesota (29), Northwestern University (30), Penn State University (49), Ohio State University (65), Indiana University (84) and Michigan State University (96).
The Center for World-Class Universities studies universities around the world. It has established databases on major research universities and is a clearinghouse of literature on world-class universities. It also provides consultation for governments and universities.