Ranking high in the world08/18/2014
Once again, the prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities. It is one of only three Bavarian and thirteen German universities in this league.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been presenting its “Academic Ranking of Universities Worldwide” since 2003. Better known under the name Shanghai Ranking, the latest edition was published on August 15, 2014.
Overall result for the university
In the overall result of the 2014 Shanghai Ranking, the University of Würzburg is again one of the top 200 universities in the world and in the top 13 in Germany. In terms of Bavaria, Würzburg is joined here by only the two Munich universities.
What is more, five Würzburg departments are listed among the top 150 worldwide; two of them are even in the top 100.
Results of individual departments
Würzburg’s Chemistry department has particular reason to be happy: It has moved up the global ladder again in the Shanghai Ranking, from 31st to 30th, continuing the upward trend of recent years. Within Germany, Chemistry is in second place, just as it was last year. Only the University of Technology Munich has fared better here.
In the huge field of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the University of Würzburg has also done very well again. The Shanghai Ranking has placed it once again in the 100 leading universities in the world and among the top nine in Germany.
Very well placed, too, are the Life Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. Here, Würzburg is ranked as one of the top 150 universities in the world. Considered nationally, the result places the Julius Maximilian University among the eight best German universities in this subject area.
In the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, Würzburg is also among the 150 leading locations in the world and in the top ten nationwide. Physics, too, is ranked in the top 150 in the world. At national level, Würzburg is therefore one of twelve outstanding locations for Physics.
Facts about the Shanghai Ranking
In its ranking, the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University looks at individual subjects like Physics and Chemistry as well as broader fields such as “Life and Agricultural Sciences” and “Natural Sciences and Mathematics”.
To assess the research output of the universities, it uses six parameters, including the number of Nobel Prize winners and scientists who have received other high-caliber awards, the number of articles published in the top magazines “Nature” and “Science”, and the number of researchers quoted with particular frequency. The Shanghai Ranking compares over 1,200 universities in this manner; the results of the top 500 are published annually.
Results of other rankings
Individual rankings always provide just a partial reflection of the performance capability of the University of Würzburg. Alongside the aforementioned areas, other subjects also constantly achieve very good results in rankings.
Psychology, Biology, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physics, Chemistry, Geography, German Studies, and Educational Science, for example, have all scored highly in rankings produced by the Center for Higher Education Development (CHE). In a performance comparison by the german news magazine Focus, Biology and Psychology, and Medicine, also excelled.