New EU-Universities from More Global Ranking’s Viewpoints

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In the recent THE New Europe Rankings there were 53 institutes ranked using the same methodology as in THE World University Rankings (in which 1103 institutes were ranked). Indicators cover five areas, which are the following:

  • learning environment (30%)
  • research (30%)
  • citation (30%)
  • international outlook (7,5%)
  • industry income (2,5%).

According to THE New Europe, University of Tartu was on the top, ranked in the 301-350 position in THE World University Ranking. Taking the subject rankings into consideration, University of Tartu positioned itself among the best 250 institutions in several fields, such as clinical, pre-clinical & health, life sciences and computer science. While Cyprus University of Technology – ranked as the second university in the New Europe Rankings – are missing from the best 500 universities in any of the fields, it was ranked in the group 351-400 because of its outstanding citation impact.  University of Cyprus was ranked as third in New Europe Rankings, coming from the 401-500 position in the World University Rankings, performing among the best 250 institutes in the field of Engineering and technology.

Rank World Univ Rank Institution Country Arts & Humanities Clinical, pre-clinical & health Life sciences Physical sciences Social sciences Computer science Engineering and technology
1 301–350 University of Tartu Estonia 301-400 201-250 126-150 301-400 301-400 201-250
2 351–400 Cyprus University of Technology Cyprus
3 401–500 University of Cyprus Cyprus 301-400 401-500 301-400 251-300 201-250

 

Comparing these results to Hungarian universities, Semmelweis University has the best position in THE New Europe Rankings among Hungarian institutions. It is ranked among the best 5 universities, having the same position in THE World University Rankings as University of Cyprus (401-500). While the top university (University of Tartu) has performed among the best 250 institutions in subject rankings, Hungarian universities’ best ranking positions in any of the fields are under 301-400. Their performance at the indicators with the highest weights (learning environment, research and citation) are lower than their competitors’. Although Semmelweis University performed great at international outlook, it weights only 7,5% in total which was not enough to reach a better position. The second Hungarian university in THE New Europe is Eötvös Loránd University, ranked as 11th (having the 601-800. position in World University Ranking), followed by University of Pécs as the 13th and University of Szeged as the 18th. It is worth taking a closer look at other rankings due to the differences in the used indicators and weighting.

University THE New Europe THE QS – EECA Leiden (World) ARWU U.S. News
2017 2017-2018 2017 2017 2017 2017
Semmelweis University 5 401-500 744 656
Eotvos Lorand University 11 601-800 30 767 501-600 466
University of Pécs 13 601-800 63 956
University of Szeged 18 601-800 27 654 501-600 756
Budapest University of Technology and Economics 25 801-1000 28 763 701-800 849
University of Debrecen 27 801-1000 35 705 559
Corvinus University of Budapest 31-40 801-1000 45

 

It can be seen that Semmelweis’s best performance in THE Rankings (among Hungarian institutions) was overtaken by University of Szeged (654th) and University of Debrecen (705th) in Leiden Rankings. Comparing any of the rankings above to Leiden is instructive as Leiden has the only list showing factual information using Web of Science database (while THE uses Scopus database and publishing only the standardized scores). Szeged has the best ranking position in QS-EECA (27th), followed straight by Budapest University of Technology and Economics (28th). It is important to highlight, that each of these rankings has different methodologies, sometimes resulting variant positions for the same institution as it can be seen from the table above. QS-EECA even differs from QS World Rankings, while THE World and THE New Europe Rankings use the same methodology.

 

THE uses citation impact with a 30% weight, opposite to QS EECA having 15% for citation, while for Leiden Rankings publication is the only indicator used for computing rankings.

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