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Two Austrian universities in the top 200 of “The Times” ranking for the first time

The University of Vienna improved by 27 places, the Medical University of Graz is among the top 200 for the first time at 196th place. The University of Vienna came in 137th this time.

For the first time, two Austrian universities are placed in the top 200 in the annual Times Higher Education Ranking. In addition to the University of Vienna, which climbed 27 places to 137th this year, the Medical University of Graz also made it into this group in the new ranking published on Thursday. It climbed from ranks 201 to 250 (from 201 it is ranked in 50 increments, later in 100s and 200s) to 196.

This year the University of Vienna made up roughly the ranks that it had lost in the previous year. “This year’s move upwards of 27 places should not be overestimated, because even minimal changes in individual indicators can lead to upward or downward swings,” emphasized Rector Heinz Engl in a statement to the APA.

The University of Vienna is stable among the top 200 worldwide.

The rector expects that “the more than 70 top-class new appointments” of the past two years will permanently improve the ranking positions of the University of Vienna.

For the Medical University of Graz, it is its first foray into the top 200 universities. This also brings us a little closer to the goal of the Austrian research strategy: The aim here is to have two Austrian universities in the top 100.

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Ranking leaders are Anglo-American

The medical universities of Innsbruck and Vienna landed in places 201–250, the University of Klagenfurt in 351–400. The Technical University (TU) Vienna and the University of Innsbruck can be found in the range between places 401 and 500.

The Graz University of Technology, the University of Linz and the University of Graz can be found in the places between 601 and 800, while the Montanuni Leoben ranks between 801 and 1,000. The universities of Klagenfurt and Innsbruck as well as Graz University of Technology lost ground slightly compared to the previous year, the others stayed the same.

Oxford University

First place in “The Times” ranking goes to the British University of Oxford for the sixth time in a row. Second place is tied between the California Institute of Technology and Harvard University, in fourth place Stanford University (all USA) and in fifth place ex aequo the University of Cambridge (UK) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA).

The best continental European and German-speaking university is ETH Zurich in 15th place, in Germany the University of Munich ranks 32nd.

1,662 universities from 99 countries and regions were evaluated for the ranking. The ranking is based on 13 indicators from the areas of research, teaching, citations, internationalization and the acquisition of third-party funds from the economy. This time, among other things, 108 million citations of scientific publications were analysed and 22,000 academics worldwide were interviewed.

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Comparison with Shanghai ranking

The University of Vienna is also the best-placed Austrian university in the recently published Shanghai ranking. As in the previous year, it reached a place between 151 and 200. The Medical University Vienna and the University of Innsbruck also landed unchanged in places 201 to 300, the Vienna University of Technology in places 301 to 400, as in 2020.

The Medical University of Innsbruck, the University of Graz and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Boku) ranked between 401 and 500, whereby the University of Graz remained unchanged compared to the previous year, the Medical University of Innsbruck improved by a hundred and the Boku dropped by a hundred.

The Medical University of Graz (601–700), TU Graz (701–800), the University of Linz, the University of Veterinary Medicine (both 801–900) and the universities of Klagenfurt and Salzburg (both 901 to 1,000) also made it into the ranking.

The Shanghai ranking is more research-oriented than “The Times” ranking; publicly available databases are mainly used for this. But the results are quite similar. Globally, Harvard secured first place here, followed by Stanford University (both USA) and the University of Cambridge (UK).

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