18 July 2018
The ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has just published its 2018 subject rankings. These cover 22 subjects in engineering, 14 in the social sciences, eight in the natural sciences, six in the medical sciences and four in the life sciences. There are none in the arts and humanities.
The scores are based on five metrics:
- Number of articles from 2012 to 2016 in Web of Science and InCites
- Category normalized citation impact
- International Collaboration
- Number of papers in journals selected by the Shanghai Academic Excellence Survey and journal impact factor and top conferences.
- Number of awards selected by the Excellence Survey.
US universities take first place for 35 subjects, nine are from China, three from the Netherlands and two each from the UK and Singapore.
The US dominates the natural sciences with the first places being held by Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California Berkeley, the University of Colorado at Boulder (twice), Oxford, the University of Washington, and the University of Montpellier.
Harvard is dominant in the social sciences holding first place for nine out of fourteen social science subjects. The others were Ohio State University Columbus in Communication, New York University in Finance, Erasmus University Rotterdam in Public Administration and Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
For engineering there is now fierce competition between West and East. Nine US institutions and eight Chinese are among the leaders with one each from the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia. Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is first for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Energy Science and Engineering.