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the Physics area of the Federico Santa María Technical University is highlighted in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The version 2018 of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities positions again this scientific field in the 301-400 place and the Institution among the 100 best in the world according to three outstanding areas.

The version 2018 of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities positions again this scientific field in the 301-400 place and the Institution among the 100 best in the world according to three outstanding areas.

As in the 2017 edition, the Physics area of the Federico Santa María Technical University is highlighted in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject, thee measurement places the scientific field at position 301-400 of the list and distinguishes the University among the 100 best institutions of higher education in the world in the areas of Automation and Control, Engineering in Mining and Metallurgy and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

In this version of the Shanghai Ranking, 54 areas of universities around the globe were evaluated under the following criteria: publication of articles (PUB), citations in academic articles (CNCI), international collaboration (IC), publications in journals of excellence (TOP ) and awards for excellence (AWARD). It is within this framework that Physics - in Natural Sciences - achieves its best results in the IC and CNCI indicators with 94.1 and 70 points respectively; followed by 29.9 in PUB and 29.1 in TOP.

Regarding these positive locations in the ranking, the Director of the Department of Physics of the USM, Claudio Dib, points out that this recognition confirms that "we are on the right path and doing things right. It is an effort that must be maintained and try to continue strengthening. The Department of Physics in particular has always been vanguard in the University and the country, being a pioneer in areas such as particle physics, theory and experimental”.

In relation to the best score in the area, the academic adds that international collaboration and academic exchange are fundamental for research in any scientific field. "We are always looking for bigger collaborations because that is the way to grow and advance. Our link with the international world is, indeed, one of the things that has favored us the most. Once you start having good level contributions, the other collaborators in the world are interested and there is a greater chance of association ".

One of the most important collaborations of the Department is the participation in the ATLAS experiment of the CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research), among other notable collaborations in countries such as Germany, Brazil, Argentina, to name a few, in addition to large research centers such as the FermiLab and the Jefferson Lab in the United States.

Meeting high standards of demand

The Chinese ranking requires a minimum of 300 academic publications in the area of Physics to be incorporated into the prestigious list, which is limited to a universe of 500 universities. In this line, the USM stands out in the contribution of academic articles and citations in research of other specialists and disciplines. "Our specialists are repeatedly invited to give talks and conferences abroad, which reflects that they consider us a couple," says Dib.

"Certainly this recognition is very valuable and, for us as scientists, it is very comforting because it accounts for the value of our publications in the scientific community. In Chile, researchers are as capable as anywhere else in the world, you just have to think about the right questions and begin to make people form with this critical culture, "he says.

"Certainly this recognition is very valuable and, for us scientists, it is very comforting because it accounts for the value of our publications in the scientific community. In Chile, researchers are as capable as anywhere else in the world, you just have to think about the right questions and get people to be educated with a critical culture", he says.

On the challenges post ranking, the physicist adds that "the most important thing is to have good researchers and academics. I believe that the main plan of action of a University is to try to attract the best professors and researchers, since they are the ones who propose the best projects, do the best research and attract the best students, generating a virtuous circle; I think that is the most important merit, "he concludes.

The Department of Physics of the USM offers undergraduate and postgraduate academic programs in the areas of particle physics, experimental and theoretical; the condensed, experimental and theoretical matter, which has specialists in Electronic, Magnetic, Optical, Transport and Thermal properties in low dimensionality systems and nanostructures, and the area of biophysics, related to soft matter and nanobiophysics.

In addition, among its postgraduate programs, the PhD in Physics, which is taught jointly with the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso, stands out as one of the postgraduate courses that has the highest accreditation in the country.

Escrito por Super User 28 · Aug · 2018

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