The sixth edition of the world university rankings by subject area was launched on Monday by TopUniversities.com and includes a record number of subject areas analysed, being the largest rankings of its kind. Romanian universities managed to maintain their last year’s level, with 10 entries for 6 subject areas in Top 500.
The rankings were based on the specialized analysis of 76,798 members of the world of academia and 44,426 global employers, as well as the analysis of 28.5 million research papers and over 113 million research citations (through Scopus/Elsevier bibliometric database).
Harvard and MIT top the rankings in 24 subject areas, each with several dozen programmes. Romania’s Babes-Bolyai University (photo) holds the best rank among Romanian universities when it comes to their most popular discipline (Modern Languages), with a place in Top 101-150, followed by the University of Bucharest and the West University of Timisoara, in Top 151-200.
The University of Bucharest has the best results among Romanian universities, with presence in 5 different subject areas, followed by the Babes-Bolyai University with presence in 3 subject areas. The Alexandru Ioan Cuza University and the West University of Timisoara were included in one subject area each.
In contrast to the 2015 edition, there are multiple changes in the ranks held by Romanian universities: two of them have improved their ranks, two have dropped places in the rankings, and four others have remained stable. This could represent stable results for Romanian institutions.
Romania’s reputation in the world of academia stood to suffer this year, their average score in the academic reputation indicator dropping from 55.4 to 53.89. Likewise, despite being the most sought-after universities for employment opportunities, their average score in the employer reputation indicator dropped from 72.5 in 2015 to 70.59.
Aurora Burducea, QS Intelligence Unit specialist, stated: “The main component of the rankings is Academic Reputation, which can have a major share in the final score (70 percent for Modern Languages, for instance). In most STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subject areas the share is 40 percent, the remainder consisting of Employer Reputation (10 to 30 percent) and two indicators that measure scientific activity (number of research citations per article and h-index).”
The reputation of Romanian universities has regressed slightly this year: the Academic Reputation average has dropped from 55.4 to 53.89, while the Employer Reputation has dropped from 72.5 to 70.59. On the other hand, the quality of scientific activity, measured by the number of research citations received by each teaching staff member improved from 62.25 to 63.72.
QS Quacquarelli Symonds has been offering specialized analyses on the university and business environment since 1990. The QS World University Rankings are the most popular in the world (according to Alexa statistics and social media indicators), offering students, parents, employers and universities annual information and analyses on world universities.