This year Ghent University rises sharply in the Academic Ranking of World Universities, going from place 71 to place 62. It retains its position as the best Belgian university in this important ranking of research institutions.

(23-08-2016) As in previous years, the Ghent University scores particularly high thanks to scientists who are very often cited by others.

ranking 2016As in previous years, the Ghent University scores particularly high thanks to scientists who are very often cited by others. The number of scientific publications, the high productivity relative to the number of academic staff and the number of publications in the journals Nature and Science contribute to the good results.

With its ranking, Ghent University is located near European top institutions such as the universities of Helsinki, Uppsala, Aarhus, Oslo and Utrecht. The ranking of the 500 best universities is topped by the US universities of Harvard, Stanford and Berkeley.

Since 2003, the Chinese Shanghai Jiaotong University presents an annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). For this ranking, 1,200 higher education institutions are compared. Criteria include the number of Nobel Prizes won by alumni and professors, the number of top publications and the number of frequently cited researchers. In 2010 Ghent University became the first Belgian university among the top 100 in the so-called Shanghai ranking (at position 90).