December 7th, 2016

Campaign news shorts

The good news

Crowdfunding at BU

Since BU Crowdfunding was launched last spring, students and faculty have run a dozen campaigns—raising funds for a cappella groups and building an app for Syrian refugees. The BU Dance Team crowdfunded their attendance at the Collegiate National Championships in Daytona, FL, where they captured the Division I national title.

University Is 32nd in U.S. News global rankings

BU is 32nd in this year’s rankings of global universities by U.S. News & World Report. The University maintained the same standing earned in last year’s ranking despite the increased competition from a pool of universities that was expanded by one third. The latest ranking looked at 1,000 schools from 65 nations.

The University also earned high marks in several academic disciplines. Out of 200 programs assessed, BU ranked 38th in neuroscience and behavior, 43rd in molecular biology and genetics, and 56th in immunology. Out of 400 programs, BU ranked 26th in physics and 63rd in biology and biochemistry.

BU Grads Ranked among the World’s Most Employable

In November, the employability of BU graduates was ranked 11th in the world and 7th in the nation in a report published in Times Higher Education. The Global University Employability Ranking 2016 was designed by French human resources company Emerging, which sent an online survey asking the opinions of thousands of recruiters at a management level and of managing directors of international companies.

Three new rankings show BU’s luster

Boston University added to its high grades in the U.S. News rankings with those from the Wall Street Journal, Reuters, and Forbes, all based on different criteria.

In the inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings, the University was named 42nd overall in the United States, based on metrics that valued student outcomes, resources, and engagement. The Reuters ranking of the world’s most innovative universities boosted BU 18 places from last year’s position to this year’s spot at 41st. And in a first-ever ranking by Forbes, the University was named the 17th best college in the United States for international students.

BU professor selected to lead $350 million partnership to combat antibiotic-resistant “superbugs”

Emerging antibiotic-resistant superbugs are today outstripping the supply of new drugs to treat deadly bacterial infections. As part of its effort to tackle the problem, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has selected the Boston University School of Law—and Kevin Outterson, the N. Neal Pike Scholar in Health and Disability Law—to lead a novel $350 million trans-Atlantic, public-private partnership to spur the preclinical development of new antibiotics and antimicrobial rapid diagnostics and vaccines. The partnership is called Com-bating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator, or CARB-X, and Outterson is its executive director.

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