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Ghent University maintains strong position in Shanghai ranking

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Ghent University maintains its strong position in the recently published Shanghai ranking and now takes place 71. As in the previous years, Ghent University has the highest score of all Belgian universities in this world ranking of universities.

Since 2003 the Chinese Shanghai Jiaotong University has lined up a yearly Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This ranking compares the research impact of thousands of academic institutions worldwide, based on criteria such as scientific publications, citations, and the number of researchers in the ‘highly cited’ list.

In 2010 Ghent University entered the top-100 of the Shanghai ranking for the first time (then on place 90), and has managed to secure and even strengthen this position since. This underpins the impressive growth of Ghent University as a dynamic and research intensive university.

In the top 200 of the Shanghai ranking other Belgian universities are also well represented (KULeuven, Université Catholique de Louvain, and the Free University of Brussels (ULB)). The fact that a small country such as Belgium has four universities in this top 200 is evidence of Belgium’s worldwide scientific impact. Admittedly, the ranking is controversial because parameters such as the number of Nobel prize winners influence the final result, and teaching quality does not feature at all. However, such ranking positions nevertheless create new opportunities for international collaboration and for recruiting top talents.

The Shanghai ranking is based solely on objective, measurable and verifiable parameters regarding research. As such, these scores are the result of the hard work of the university’s scientific staff, not of surveys which might be manipulated.Ghent University therefore considers this ranking result in the first place as a well-deserved recognition for the dedicated work of its academic staff and researchers.

Its current ranking position matches Ghent University with the research performance of other European top universities such as the universities of Helsinki, Aarhus, Groningen as well as the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris. The American universities closest to Ghent University’s ranking position are the Ohio State University – Columbus, the University of Pittsburgh, Boston University and Brown University.