The results of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking (ARWU), one of the most widely followed international university rankings, were published in mid-August. In it, the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (USB) was ranked in the top 1 000 universities in the world.
After USB's excellent ranking in the QS World University Rankings (shared 701st–750th place) and in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking, in which USB is currently in the shared 801st–1000th place in the global THE World University Rankings, the University of České Budějovice confirmed its high quality with its ranking in the ARWU. Here, out of more than 2 500 ranked universities, it is in the shared 901st–1000th place.
Universities are ranked annually in the Shanghai Ranking according to several indicators that place the greatest emphasis on the research performance of individual departments – the number of graduates with Nobel Prizes or Fields Medals, the absolute number of staff members who are winners of these prestigious awards, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of articles published in the peer-reviewed journals Nature and Science and, last but not least, the number of articles indexed in the so-called SCIE (Science Citation Index-Expanded) and SSCI (Social Science Citation Index) as well as the research output divided by the number of academic staff.
This year, 7 other Czech universities have made it into the Shanghai ranking together with the University of South Bohemia, with the greatest success traditionally recorded by Charles University (301st–400th place) and Masaryk University (401st–500th place).
In addition to the ARWU Global Ranking, the subject ranking (GRAS – Global Ranking of Academic Subjects) was also published, where the University of South Bohemia managed to score well in the fields of Ecology (101st–150th place), Veterinary Sciences (151st–200th place), Agricultural Sciences (201st–300th place) and Environmental Science & Engineering (401st–500th place).
The fact that the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice is not only a modern educational institution but also an important centre of science and research in South Bohemia, is also demonstrated by another ranking according to the 17+ Methodology. According to this method, the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice was the only university founded after 1989 to receive the highest possible grade A, i.e. excellent, in the international evaluation of science and research. Only 3 other universities, which are among the traditional " brick-and-mortar" universities however, have received this highest possible rating within the multidisciplinary universities.
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