QS has published its newest subject rankings in 5 broader subject areas and 51 subjects. The 2021 edition ranked 1440 institutions in 85 countries, based on data regarding nearly 14000 individual university programmes and almost 14 million publications. USA continues to shine out with the most ranked programmes and with the two most successful institutions, Harvard and MIT, each topping the tables in 12 subjects. UK, China, Australia, and Germany complete the Top 5 by number of institutions ranked. Russia has a record number of Top 20 appearances and Singapore can also be highlighted with two first places in 2021. On the contrary, Japanese institutions continue to decline in performance.
Hungarian institutions have been ranked in all five subject areas and 24 subjects, with a total of 11 institutions appearing in the 2021 edition. Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) has the highest number of appearances (13), followed by the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and the Central European University (10 of each), the University of Szeged (6), the University of Debrecen and the Corvinus University of Budapest (5 of each). Hungary has six Top 100 places (Central European University: 5, Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music: 1), while the highest rank is CEU’s 25th position globally in the politics ranking. Subjects with the highest number of Hungarian institutions are agriculture and forestry (5 universities), medicine (4 universities) and physics (4 universities).
Although the performance of Hungarian institutions has not changed profoundly compared to the 2020 edition, minor shifts can be pointed out. On one hand, ELTE is no longer ranked in English Language and Literature and in Philosophy, Semmelweis University has been dropped from the Anatomy and Physiology ranking and CEU disappeared from the Psychology ranking in 2021. On the other hand, ELTE has entered the Law and legal studies ranking and the University of Szeged has appeared in the Physics ranking.