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University of Potsdam Again Among Top 500 Worldwide in Shanghai Rankings

After successfully entering the renowned Shanghai Rankings three years ago, Brandenburg's largest university has defended its position. It has once again made it into the top 500 of the Jiao Tong University of Shanghai’s worldwide rankings.  “Our efforts of recent years have paid off,” said the President of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Günther, Ph.D. “I am very pleased about the international recognition of our researchers’ achievements.” A total of 51 German universities are currently listed in the oldest broad-based global ranking of universities, officially called the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The renowned ranking annually compares the research strength of more than 1,800 universities in 54 subjects and publishes the 1,000 best.

As in the previous year, the U.S. universities Harvard and Stanford ranked first and second respectively. Cambridge University and Oxford are the first European universities to rank 3rd and 7th respectively. According to the Shanghai Rankings, four German universities are among the top 100 universities in the world.  The University of Potsdam ranks 30th among German universities.

The Shanghai ranking is primarily based on research achievements. For example, the number of scientific publications in international scientific magazines and the number of citations are included in the ranking. Other factors include research performance measured by the size of the institution and prestigious awards such as the Nobel Prize.

Contact: Dr. Silke Brodersen, International Office
Telephone: +49 331 977-124436
Email: silke.brodersenuni-potsdamde
Internet: http://www.shanghairanking.com/ARWU2019.html

Press Release 16-08-2019 / No. 101
Dr. Silke Engel 

University of Potsdam
Department for Press and Public Relations 
Am Neuen Palais 10
14469 Potsdam
Tel.: +49 331 977-1474
Fax: +49 331 977-1130
Email: presseuni-potsdamde 
Internet: www.uni-potsdam.de/presse

Published online by: Sabine Schwarz
Translation: Dr. Lee Holt
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