Ghent University ranked in global top 10 for Food Science & Technology and Agricultural Sciences

(17-08-2018) In the Academic Ranking of World Universities, Ghent University is listed in the top 10 of universities world wide for the subjects Food Science & Technology and Agricultural Sciences.

Ghent University is once again rising sharply this year in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (also known as the Shanghai Ranking) and is moving from place 69 to place 61. It retains its position as the best Belgian university in this important ranking of research institutions.

As for the subjects covered by our faculty, Ghent University even scores in the global top 10.


Position in ranking (of 500)

Food Science & Technology


Agricultural Sciences




Water Resources


Environmental Science & Technology


Chemical engineering



As in previous years, 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.

About the Shanghai Ranking

Since 2003, the Chinese Shanghai Jiaotong University presents an annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). For this ranking, 1,500 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).

The ranking position of a university is largely subject to the chosen parameters, the weight attributed, the statistical method used to process this data, and the reliability of the source data.

Ghent University recognises the reality of rankings but does not deliberately strive for high ranking positions. A good position is the result of an internal focus on quality and excellence.


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