USP ranked in the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Rankings in the subject area of Physical Sciences.


The University of the South Pacific (USP) received an official announcement of its ranking in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings subject area for Physical Sciences.

The University ranked 601-800 in Physical Sciences, reflecting the quality of USP’s Research, Teaching and International Outlook.

The ranking in the Physical Sciences is further to the earlier announcement of the University’s achievement of global ranking in the 1001-1200 category of THE World University Rankings 2022.

This year’s THE subject table for Physical Sciences includes 1227 Universities. The THE Physical Sciences subject area ranking highlights Universities that lead across the following disciplines: Mathematics and Statistics, Physics and Astronomy, Chemistry, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Earth and Marine Sciences. The USP’s ranking in the Physical Sciences area is a reflection of the quality of research, research influence, innovation and international outlook for USP’s disciplines consisting of Climate Change, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geospatial Science, Marine Affairs, Marine Studies, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics.

USP’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education, Professor Jito Vanualailai said the recent announcement by the THE indicates the University’s capability to deliver world-class research.

“It is an important measure of academic excellence and it is encouraging to note that USP has continued to excel. Every Pacific Islander, alumni, staff and student should be proud of what their University has accomplished, especially being ranked with other top universities in the world,” he said.

USP’s Director Research, Professor Sushil Kumar said the University’s ranking for Physical Sciences by the THE is a testimony of the University’s strong commitment to world-class teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry outlook of Physical Sciences.

“This has all paid off today with this reputed recognition by the THE and it is a pleasant and proud feeling to be a part Physical Sciences team in this journey of USP,” he said.

“While we celebrate this recognition, it encourages us to improve USP’s position in this ranking in the world in the coming years.

“The University is thankful to Physical Sciences current and past students and staff for their strong commitment, and our collaborators, stakeholders and partners for their support and cooperation in Physical Sciences and with USP at large,” Professor Kumar added.

The USP Student President and Chair of Student Council, Mr. Mani Mate added that being ranked by the THE is an excellent achievement.

“The University continues to make its way into excellence despite the sail adjustments we’ve been making since the past few years over some rough waves,” he said.

“Our ranking in the subject of Physical Sciences by the THE World University Rankings adds additional value into our uniqueness, making the entire USP family prouder.

“It also strengthens our vision of shaping Pacific futures by empowering students, staff and alumni to become inspirational agents of positive change leading to innovative, cohesive, resilient and sustainable communities.”

The subject tables employ the same range of 13 performance indicators used in the overall World University Rankings 2022, brought together with scores provided under five categories.

The weightings for the THE Physical Sciences subject ranking are:

  • Teaching: the learning environment
  • Research: volume, income and reputation
  • Citations: research influence
  • International outlook: staff, students and research
  • Industry income: innovation

The overall methodology is carefully recalibrated for each subject, changing the weightings to suit the particular fields. In addition to meeting the criteria for World University Rankings, the following two criteria must be fulfilled in order to be eligible for the THE Physical sciences subject rankings:

  • A publication threshold by discipline (500 papers published over the past five years);
  • Academic staff threshold by discipline (at least 5 percent of its academic staff in the discipline of the physical sciences or at least 50 academic staff in the discipline of the physical sciences).

You can learn more about USP’s latest subject ranking here: World University Rankings 2022 by subject: physical sciences | Times Higher Education (THE)

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