Minister hails French universities’ success in global ranking

Attractiveness – Higher education/universities/ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020: 34 French institutions distinguished – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

Paris, 29 June 2020

Following today’s 2020 edition of the ShanghaiRanking Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, welcomes the success achieved by French higher education institutions, more than 34 of which feature in this annual edition.

For the first time, the ranking recognizes experimental institutions newly created following the “State in the service of a trust society” act, particularly Paris-Saclay University, the Université Paris Sciences et Lettres and Université de Paris.

Paris-Saclay University is thus ranked among the world’s 100 best universities in 25 subjects. Sorbonne University is ranked 21 times, Université Grenoble Alpes 17 times, Paris Sciences et Lettres 13 times and Université de Paris 9 times.

Among the world’s 50 best universities, the Ministry is pleased to see 18 French institutions recognized at the highest international level: Sorbonne University is ranked in 12 different subjects, Paris-Saclay University 10 times, and Paris Sciences et Lettres, the Université de Paris and the Université Grenoble Alpes are each ranked 5 times.

Frédérique Vidal especially welcomes the performance by Paris-Saclay University, which comes first in the ranking for mathematics, ahead of Princeton University in the United States, showing France’s excellence in the subject. The University of Montpellier ranks second in the world for ecology and Sorbonne University is in third place for oceanography, which testifies to our universities’ and research lecturers’ steadfast commitment to environmental and climate issues.

The new policy of grouping institutions together, which has been implemented by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation since 2018 and supports the creation of new experimental institutions, is thus demonstrating its relevance by at last highlighting the scientific potential of our universities, which are at the forefront internationally alongside the world’s leaders.

The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation would like to congratulate all the institutions ranked and their teams./.

Published on 01/07/2020

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