The Shanghai ranking 2017

According to this year’s ranking, published the 15th August 2017, the University of Bordeaux improves its position in the top 151-200 universities in the world. At a national level, our university retains its rank of n°8 within France.

  • 26/09/2017

Place de la Bourse à Bordeaux © Joseph Hilfiger Place de la Bourse à Bordeaux © Joseph Hilfiger

Established on the 1st January 2014, the University of Bordeaux closely monitors its position within the Shanghai (otherwise known as the ARWU) ranking system, along with other main rankings such as Leiden, U-Multirank and Times Higher. The particularity of the Shanghai system is a strong focus on the performance of research universities using a long-standing methodology. This make it a very interesting tool when measuring the progress of our university.

The continuing rise of the University of Bordeaux in the Shanghai ranking is good news, warmly welcomed by the governing body. It reflects the implementation of a strong policy to support the excellence of our research and to promote the global reputation of its researchers. While the exact position of the university must now be analyzed to identify the underlying factors and reasons, this positive change will further boost the international visibility of the University of Bordeaux.

The international ranking systems represent a source of important data for the University of Bordeaux. With effective analysis, they help guide the progress of our university and in addition, thanks to their widespread use, they may contribute to the promotion of our international reputation.

The Shanghai ranking

The Shanghai (or ARWU - Academic Ranking of World Universities) ranking, first published in 2003, is the leading system for assessing and comparing the quality of research universities. Of the more than 1,200 universities considered each year, the best 500 are included in the Shanghai ranking.

ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university.

Over 20 French universities feature in the Shanghai ranking (representing around 25% of the total number of French universities). A very positive score given that, apart from Australia and the UK, most Western countries, along with Japan, have seen a decline in the number of universities listed. This is greatly due to increasing competition from Chinese universities.