The University of Debrecen in the World Elite

The pharmaceutical programme of the University of Debrecen is among the top 200 in the world, while the biology programme is the strongest in Hungary. In addition the most recent QS ranking also listed the institution among the world’s best universities in medical, agricultural and natural sciences.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) just published its most recent world ranking by subject. On the basis of the results, the University of Debrecen is represented in the world elite of higher education with five programmes in two broad subject areas.

In connection with this year’s results of the university, László Csernoch, vice rector for scientific affairs, emphasised the comprehensive set of criteria used in compiling the rankings.

“Among the large number of Hungarian and international higher education rankings, the list compiled and published by QS is of particular importance for us, since they show, on the one hand, the international weight and impact of our research results, and on the other hand, they also measure employer reputation, i.e. the satisfaction with our graduates, thereby also assessing the quality of the education we provide,” he said.

In the ranking just published, in the life sciences and medicine area, the medical, the pharmaceutical and the agriculture programmes were ranked among the best, while in the natural sciences area, the University of Debrecen, with its 27 thousand students, was featured among the top in chemistry and mathematics.

The pharmaceutical programme has significantly improved its position on the world ranking by subject from last year, making it among the top two hundred (#151-200) this year.  At the same time, the programmes in agriculture (#151-200), medicine (#201-250) and biology (#301-350) maintain their positions stably. In this latter discipline, the University of Debrecen achieved the best ranking among Hungarian institutes of higher education, while the chemistry programme was ranked in the 450-500 band. The broad subject area of natural sciences itself was also able to improve its earlier position, and the University of Debrecen is now ranked among the world’s top 500 institutes of higher education in this category.

The British company preparing the list ranked 46 subject areas in five broad areas: arts and humanities, engineering and technology, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, as well as social sciences. In compiling the world rankings, they took four criteria into consideration this year: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations by paper linked to the higher education institution, and the bibliographic indicator referring to citations (h-index citations).

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