The University of Geneva and EPFL obtained 59th and 83rd place in the new ranking of the best universities in the world published by the independent firm Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
Harvard leads for 18th consecutive year, and US universities continue to dominate the Shanghai ranking published on Friday. Five Swiss universities are in the top 100: ETHZ (20th place), University of Zurich (56th), University of Geneva (59th), EPFL (83rd) and University of Basel (88th) .
The first ten places are, like last year, monopolized by the Anglo-Saxons with eight American universities and two British occupying the top of this ranking of the best higher education establishments carried out since 2003 by the independent firm Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.
In first place, Harvard is once again ahead of its compatriot Stanford and Britain’s Cambridge. Then we find the American MIT (4th), Berkeley (5th) and Princeton (6th).
The first non-Anglo-Saxon establishment with its 14th place, Paris Saclay also made its first appearance in the top 100, as did the University of PSL (Paris sciences & lettres), at 36th rank, that of Paris (65th) and Grenoble Alpes (99th ).
In a press release, the French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal welcomed the fact that France now ranks 3rd in the world behind the United States and the United Kingdom and sees it as the result of the reforms undertaken in higher education.
The Shanghai ranking takes into account six criteria, including the number of Nobel and Fields medals among graduate students and professors, the number of top-cited researchers in their discipline, and the number of publications in Science and Nature journals.