29 June 2017
ShanghaiRanking has just announced the release of its 2017 global ranking of academic subjects. Altogether 52 universities were ranked, including 6 in the natural sciences, 4 in the life sciences, 22 in engineering, 6 in the medical sciences and 14 in the social sciences. Universities are included only if they reach a threshold of publications in the InCites database over the period 2011-15, ranging from 25 to 200.
The indicators are number of Publications, Normalised Citation Impact, Awards, International Impact, and Number of Papers in Top Journals. The weighting given for each indicator varies from subject to subject.
American universities were represented 3,857 times in the rankings and were in first place in 32 subjects. The best performing institution was Harvard which was the leading university in 15 subjects including Biotechnology, Public Health and Law.
Chinese universities also did well, taking the top position in eight subjects. Wuhan University was first for Remote Sensing, Tsinghua University for Telecommunications Engineering, Central South University for Metallurgical Engineering and Harbin Institute of Technology for Instruments Science and Technology.
Dutch universities also performed well taking five top spots: Delft University of Technology for Water Technology and Transport Science and Technology, Waginengen University and Research Centre for Food Science and Technology and Agricultural Sciences and Erasmus University Rotterdam for Public Administration.