Shanghai ranking

Uni.lu no longer in the top 700 universities

The University of Luxembourg moves up from the top 700 to the top 800 universities in the world in the Shanghai ranking. (Photo: Romain Gamba/Maison Moderne/archives)

The University of Luxembourg moves up from the top 700 to the top 800 universities in the world in the Shanghai ranking. (Photo: Romain Gamba/Maison Moderne/archives)

The University of Luxembourg has dropped places in the Shanghai universities ranking, falling from 701st to 800th position. However, it is in the top 75 in the telecommunications engineering bracket.

While the University of Luxembourg has been overall ranked between 601st and 700th place in the Shanghai ranking for the past two years, this year it falls into the lower category, between 701st and 800th place.

Every year, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy compares more than 2,500 universities worldwide and publishes its Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), or Shanghai ranking. The top 1,000 universities are ranked according to six criteria: the number of alumni who have won Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of staff at the institution, the number of researchers cited by Clarivate, the number of articles published in Nature and Science journals, the number of articles indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index of the Web of Science platform, and the institution's overall performance per student.

In the top 75 in telecommunications engineering

It is in the field of telecommunications engineering that the Uni is gaining points. It is in the top 75 in this category, whereas it was only in the top 100 in 2021. It is also in the top 150 for transport science and technology.

It remains between 201st and 300th place for electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, biology, human biology, law, political science and education. It comes between 301st and 400th place in mathematics and economics. And between 401st and 500th place in chemistry, psychology and management. It has a total enrolment of 4,654 and 49% foreign students.

Top 300 for the University of Lorraine

English-taught universities continue to monopolise the top 15 of the ranking, with Harvard leading the way for the 20th consecutive year. The French university of Paris-Saclay comes 16th. 28 French universities are included in the ranking, including three others in the top 100: Université Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL), 40th; Université de la Sorbonne, 43rd; and Université Paris Cité, 78th. On the border, the University of Lorraine is between 201st and 300th place.

Nine Belgian universities are also in the top 1,000 and two in the top 100: UGent in Ghent, 74th, and KUL in Leuven, 95th. On the German side, there are 47 universities in the ranking, including four in the top 100: the Technical University of Munich (56th), the University of Munich (57th), Heidelberg (70th) and Bonn (76th).

A "relative and very competitive" ranking

"In terms of the overall score, which gives a general idea of the performance in research and teaching, the University of Luxembourg finds itself around the same score as in previous years, sometimes 601-700 (2018, 2020, 2021), sometimes 701-800 (2019, 2022)," a representative of the University, told Delano's sister publication Paperjam. "The ranking is relative and very competitive, which means that an institution can end up at a lower rank even with rising scores."

The university is also ranked 25th in the Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 ranking, published earlier this year. It compares 539 universities around the world, focusing on their research missions. The Uni has dropped 13 places in two years.

This story was first published in French on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.