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Very well placed in the world


Once again, the prestigious Shanghai Ranking has placed the University of Würzburg among the world’s top 200 universities. It is one of only four Bavarian and fourteen German universities in this league.

Prometheus raising high the Torch of Knowledge: the JMU's main building.
Prometheus raising high the Torch of Knowledge: the JMU's main building. (Photo: Robert Emmerich) (Image:

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 online on August 15, 2016.

In the overall result of the 2016 Shanghai Ranking, the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (JMU) is again one of the top 200 universities in the world and in the top 14 in Germany. In terms of Bavaria, Würzburg is joined here by the two Munich universities and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. At the top of the ranking stand three establishments from the USA: Harvard and Stanford universities as well as the University of California at Berkeley.

Results of Broad Subject Fields

In the subject 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 eight in Germany.

In the field of Clinical Medicine and Pharmacy, JMU is also among the 150 leading universities in the world and in the top twelve nationwide.

Well placed, too, are the Life and Agricultural Sciences. Here, Würzburg is ranked as one of the top 200 universities in the world. Considered nationally, the result places the JMU among the 16 best German universities in this subject area.

Facts about the Shanghai Ranking

In its ranking, the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai Jiao Tong University looks at the research output of universities. The ranking 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.

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