Progress in the 2020 Shanghai subject ranking

On June 29th, Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) revealed the 2020 league table. This year, the University of Bordeaux features in 27 disciplines, and is ranked among the world’s top 100 universities for two of these disciplines.

  • 08/07/2020

Created in 2009, the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks over 4,000 universities from all over the world in 54 subject areas, divided into five main fields:

  • Material sciences / Mathematics / Earth sciences (Natural Sciences, SCI),
  • Engineering (ENG),
  • Life sciences (LIFE),
  • Medical sciences (MED),
  • Social sciences (SOC).

While only cited in five disciplines in the 2019 edition, the University of Bordeaux features in 27 disciplines this year, and now ranks in the top 100 of two disciplines: Agricultural sciences (51-75) and Mathematics (76-100).

This outcome is the result of progress in these subjects over the concerned time period as well as better identification of the University of Bordeaux’s publications in the reference database.


The university is also present in the top 150 of five topics: Food science & technology, Chemistry, Ecology, Oceanography and Human biological sciences.

We’re delighted with the progress and position of the University of Bordeaux in this ranking, which also highlights the interdisciplinary nature of our university. This thematic ranking’s methodology was revised in 2017 and therefore annual changes must be considered with caution. Nevertheless, we are highly satisfied with our progress in comparison to last year.

Hélène Jacquet  — Vice-President for Strategy and Development

GRAS: Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) is based on five indicators:

  • the number of publications in high-profile journals (Q1),
  • the impact factor of publications signed by the establishment (CNCI),
  • the percentage of internationally co-signed publications (IC),
  • the number of publications in the best scientific journals and conferences in each field (TOP),
  • the total number of lecturers from each institution having received an academic award in their discipline (AWD).

Please note that this thematic ranking is separate and different to the general Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).