The Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities for excellence in science and research has published its 2023 list, and 27 French establishments have placed well.
Created in 2003 by China’s Jiaotong University, the Shanghai Ranking considers and examines over 2,500 institutions around the world to identify the “Top 1,000” that focus on research activities in the hard sciences.
27 French establishments have made it onto the 2023 list, with over two thirds of these in the top half.
Université Paris-Saclay performed best, ranking 15th worldwide. It retains its rank as the leading French university and actually rose one place on the 2022 edition. It is also, notably, the top ranked university in continental Europe. Paris Science and Letters came in at 41st, the Sorbonne achieved 46th and Paris Cité was 68th.
University of Poitiers enters the rankings for the first time this year and the University of the Côte d’Azur climbed an incredible 200 places to reach section 301 to 400. The University of Rennes also made huge leaps, jumping 200 spots to find itself in the 401 to 500 rung.
The strong representation of French universities has not gone unnoticed by the country’s Minister of Higher Education, Sylvie Retailleau, who has congratulated them on their efforts and hard work.
According to a government statement, “[The] eight French universities ranked in the Top 200 have benefited from funding under the various future investment programmes (particularly IDEX or ISITE, Labex, Equipex, Excellencies, etc.) for more than 10 years. This funding has contributed to the structural transformation of institutions, to the enrichment of their training offer and to the definition of their scientific signature.”
For a full list of the universities featured on the Shanghai Ranking, please click here.
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