University: American institutions still at the top of the Shanghai ranking, France in 13th place


Paris-Saclay University takes 13th place in this world university ranking, gaining one place compared to last year.

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American universities confirm their hegemony in the Shanghai Ranking, the world ranking of universities, published Sunday on the website of the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy organization. The United States sees 16 of its establishments in the top 20 of the Shanghai 2021 ranking.

The unmistakable Harvard, Mass., Holds the top spot for the 19th consecutive year, ahead of Stanford, Calif., Followed by the leading European institution, the University of Cambridge, UK. The Shanghai ranking publishes its ranking of the 1000 best universities in the world every year.

The first French establishment is 13th in the ranking, it is the University of Paris-Saclay, which notably brings together CentraleSupélec and AgroParisTech, and which gains one place compared to the previous ranking in which it entered last year. It also retains the world’s first rank for mathematics.

The Sorbonne also moved from 39th place in 2020 to 35th place in 2021, after being 44th in 2019 and 36th in 2018. The third French university to appear in the top 100 of the Shanghai ranking is Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL ) which brings together several higher education establishments, including the École normale supérieure (ENS), the University of Paris-Dauphine, the École nationale supérieure des mines de Paris and the École nationale des chartes. She took 38th place.

These results are welcomed by the Minister of Higher Education, Frédérique Vidal, who “welcomes this ranking with great pride” and evokes “a major element of international recognition of the excellence and attractiveness of our higher education and research establishments, in a period in which our country has never needed its scientists so much to face global challenges the next few years “.



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