Republic of Poland

Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences is in the Shanghai Ranking!

1st July 2019

The first time Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences had ever been noted in the Shanghai Ranking was in 2017 (for the year 2016). In the area of food science and technology we ranked 255th out of 300 most highly evaluated universities in the world. The reason for the success was, among other things, the number of citations – mainly of authors from our Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Science. This year UPWr was 208th – the best place of all Polish universities conducting research and educating students in the field of food science and technology. The Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) was 210th, the University of Life Sciences in Lublin – 257th and Poznań University of Life Sciences – 269th.

Our veterinary sciences, that is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, has been classified for the second time – this time in the 241st place. The positions of other Polish universities in this area are as follows: Poznań University of Life Sciences – 215, SGGW – 218, University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn – 276 and University of Life Sciences in Lublin – 292.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is also known as the Shanghai Ranking – Shanghai being home to Jiao Tong University with its Institute of Higher Education. It is at this very institution where the idea of the ranking was born. The ranking is supposed to analyse both academics and students with regard to significant scientific awards won, number of citations and publications in the most important scientific periodicals.

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In the latest ranking the first position was taken by Harvard University and from the European universities the University of Cambridge ranked highest (third place). The best technical university, according to ARWU is still the Massachusetts Institute of Technology which was fourth. Two Polish universities have been classified as well: the Warsaw University and the Jagiellonian University which improved their positions and found themselves in the third and fourth hundred.

Recently, however, the Ranking has started to evaluate not only whole universities but also specific academic subjects and it is in this category that UPWr has been classified – in the field of food science and technology and in the field veterinary science.

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The indicators analysed for the Ranking were: PUB – the number of papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject, CNCI – Category Normalized Citation Impact, measuring average impact of papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject; TOP – number of articles published in top journals (20% of periodicals with the highest impact factor); IC – International Collaboration – the percentage of internationally co-authored papers authored by an institution in an Academic Subject, where at least two co-authors were from different countries, AWARD – significant scientific awards earned by authors at a time of full-time employment in a given institution.