By Bill Kisliuk

UCLA is the highest-ranked public university in the United States for engineering and technology, according to the Times Higher Education 2014-15 World University Rankings. The rankings were released Oct. 1.

The UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science is ranked fifth among all U.S. engineering programs, and ninth among programs worldwide. The school placed 10th worldwide in the 2013-14 rankings.

“Our distinguished faculty are dedicated to creating new knowledge and the next generation of engineering leaders, and our students are among the best and brightest in the world,” said Vijay K. Dhir, dean of UCLA Engineering. “Receiving a higher ranking in this international survey is one more piece of evidence that UCLA Engineering is succeeding in its mission to teach, perform cutting-edge research and be of service to society.”

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings for engineering and technology schools weigh criteria including teaching (faculty-to-student ratios and a reputation survey); research (volume of publications and citations); knowledge transfer (industry investment in school research); and international outlook (international students and faculty, and international research collaborations).

Overall, UCLA was ranked the 12th best university in the world. UCLA also placed 12th in the 2013-14 rankings.

In the 2014-15 rankings, UCLA placed ninth in health, ninth in physical sciences, ninth in social sciences, 10th in arts and humanities and 13th in life sciences.