10 Polish universities are among the top 1000 universities in the world. The highest ranked are University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University, which come in at the top percent, according to the Shanghai List (ARWU) published in mid-August.

The ranking of the best universities in the world – Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – also known as Shanghai List, has been published since 2003. It was prepared by Jiao Tong University of Shanghai. This year, nothing has changed on the podium. American Harvard University has traditionally been declared the best university in the world. Stanford came second on the list. In third place came the University of Cambridge, Britain. The top ten includes 8 American universities and 2 British universities.

The exact location in the ranking is known only in the case of the top 100 universities in the world. Almost all others are mentioned – universities appear in groups of 50 or 100 institutions. There, much less, you have to look for in the list of Polish universities.

The best universities in Poland according to the Shanghai list are the University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University (ranked 5th between 401-500). Last year, the University of Warsaw was in fourth place, and Jagiellonian University – just like this year – in the cent.

Last year, 8 Polish universities were on the list, including 2 more. This year, the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice came out of the rankings compared to the previous one. However, the Piastów Śląskich University of Medicine in Wroclaw, the Wroclaw University of Technology and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

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The AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow ranks 108th in the ranking, just like last year. On the other hand, Warsaw Medical University has advanced from the last hundred to eight.

The ninth hundred went to: Gdask University of Technology, University of Medicine in Piastów Śląskich in Wroclaw and Warsaw University of Life Sciences.

In turn, the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan and the Warsaw University of Technology decreased from nine hundred to the last ten, compared to the previous year. Wrocław University of Science and Technology was also included in the last 100 (in 2020 it was out of the rankings).

The Shanghai ranking is based on several indicators. Number of alumni (and staff separately) who have received a Nobel Prize or a Fields Medal, number of publications in the journals Nature or Science, number of most cited researchers (citizen researchers) and publications included in selected citation indexes (Science Citation Index – Expanded and Social Citation Index). The comparison also takes into account the size of the achievements relative to the size of the university (PAP).

Author: Szymon Zdziebijowski

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