Ranking in Shanghai: ETHZ is at the head of Swiss universities

With Harvard in first place for the 20th consecutive year, American universities are still at the top of the Shanghai rankings released on Monday, August 15. On the Swiss side, ETHZ is considered the best university, followed by the universities of Zurich and Geneva. This is followed by the University of Basel in 83rd place and EPFL in the segment between 101 and 150, as well as the University of Lausanne.

The University of Geneva (Unige) was ranked 73rd ten years ago during the 2011 ranking. The facility, which thus gained more than 10 places, has won several awards in recent years, including the Nobel Prize in Physics, which went to Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz in 2019. Recently, the Fields Medal was awarded to Hugo Duminil-Copin, a mathematician at Uniga. The Lake Geneva region was rewarded twice last July: Maryna Viazovska also won a medal at the EPFL. The Geneva disciplines ranked particularly well in the Shanghai ranking are physics, dental care and mathematics.

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However, in 2019, the University of Geneva reached 58th place. As for the second francophone university in the ranking, EPFL, it has fallen more than 20 places since 2018. Although it was in the 81st place, it is now relegated to the segment that makes up the 100th to the 150th place. In 2015 EPFL has already left the top 100. This year, Energy Science and Engineering received the highest ranking as a field. In this discipline, EPFL is considered the fourth best university in the world, ahead of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the first in Switzerland.

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The Anglo-Saxons are winning

Just like last year, Anglo-Saxon institutions are in the first ten places: eight American universities and two British ones are at the top of the 2022 edition of this world ranking of the best institutions of higher education, which has been carried out by an independent company since 2003. Shanghai Evaluation Consulting.

Harvard is again in first place ahead of its compatriot Stanford. This year, another American university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, took third place on the podium, relegating the UK’s Cambridge to fourth place.

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Next are the American universities of Berkeley (5th) and Princeton (6th), then the British Oxford (7th). In total, there are 39 American universities in the first hundred. The first non-Anglo-Saxon institution, the French University of Paris-Saclay, is in 16th place.

On this topic in 2019: Switzerland has climbed to 3rd place in the world for universities

The Shanghai ranking takes into account six criteria, including the number of Nobel and Fields Medals – considered the Nobel Prize for mathematics – among graduate students and professors, the number of most cited researchers in their field, or the number of journal publications. science and nature.

This year, over 2,500 facilities were reviewed to determine the top 1,000 rankings.

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