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New ranking results: strong competition among world-class universities

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Published on Wednesday, 26 September 2018

University of Luxembourg part of “Rising Stars” ranking by Nature - Slight decline in Times Higher Education Ranking

On 26 September, the new Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 were published. The University of Luxembourg was ranked close to the 200 threshold in the group of the 201 to 250 top universities in the world, a group with extremely close scores and therefore no individual positions. Despite an almost unchanged performance (52.9 points compared to 53.8 points the year before), the University of Luxembourg has lost its former position in the top 180 universities of the world. This is due to the steadily increasing number of participating universities and the fact that the competition in this global league gets stronger from year to year.

“Differences of up to 20 or 30 places per year in rankings are not uncommon. Despite the slight decline, the University of Luxembourg remains part of the top 20 percent of all ranked institutions. This serves as a motivation to excel,” comments Rector Stéphane Pallage.

The data provided by the University for this edition of the ranking are from 2016, according to the methodology of Times Higher Education. More than 1250 universities from all over the world have been ranked this year, compared to 1100 institutions last year.

Luxembourg part of 200 institutions ranked by Nature

Meanwhile, another ranking confirms the University of Luxembourg’s position among world-class research institutions: the renowned scientific journal Nature included the University of Luxembourg for the first time in its Rising Stars supplement of research institutions with increasing publication numbers in first-rate scientific journals. The University of Luxembourg is ranked at position 161 in the global index of universities and at position 14 in a list of the institutions younger than 30 years. In this category, the University is second among European institutions.

The Nature index published last week is based on data from 2015 to 2017 and identifies the institutions showing the most significant growth in scientific publications in 82 high-quality journals tracking the research of more than 8000 global institutions. David Swinbanks, Founder of the Nature Index, said “While China continues to dominate in performance in the Nature Index, there are notable rising stars elsewhere throughout the world particularly among the 30 younger top risers profiled, which come from Iran, Spain, UK, Switzerland, Japan, Luxembourg, South Korea, Austria, Norway, the United States, Singapore, Finland, India and France as well as China.”