Zhejiang University has leaped forward 12 places within the world's top 100 universities in the latest Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The University has been ranked 58th in the world in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), improving its position from last year’s ranking of 70th.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities is released annually by the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy. It ranks more than 2000 universities worldwide, publishing the top 1000 universities and providing specific rankings for the top 100.It is unique in its focus on excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine.
The University’s research output and outstanding individual academic performance were major factors in achieving the higher global ranking. Highly cited researchers especially in publications such as Nature and Science make an important contribution to such rankings success.
ARWU rankings use six indicators to rank universities’ academic and research performance. These include:
- highly cited researchers
- papers published in journals of Nature and Science
- papers indexed in prominent citation databases
- individual academic performance
- alumni winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
- staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals
Harvard University has ranked number one for the 18th straight year, with Stanford University and University of Cambridge ranked second and third respectively. Six Chinese University were listed in the top 100 league table of this year. Following Tsinghua University (29th) and Peking University (49th), Zhejiang University was ranked 3rd in China.
The latest ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, released in June this year, ranked six Zhejiang University subjects in the top 10 globally and 20 in the top 50.Instruments Science and technology was ranked fourth, Food Science and Technology,Chemical Engineering were ranked sixth in the world,Biomedical Engineering, Agricultural Sciences were ranked ninth, and Marine/Ocean Engineering was ranked tenth.