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Jagiellonian University in rankings

The Jagiellonian University invariably ranks as one of the top universities in Poland. Additionally, as one of very few Polish higher education institutions, it is frequently featured on the most important international ranking lists. Read on to find out more about the Jagiellonian University’s position in selected university rankings.

Quacquarelli Symonds Top Universities rankings

British company Quacquarelli Symonds regularly publishes various ranking lists dedicated to broadly understood higher education and related topics.

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QS World University Ranking: Top global universities

The ranking features about 1,500 higher education institutions from around the world. It is based on several criteria: academic reputation, employer reputation, student-to-faculty ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty and student ratio.

In its latest edition, the Jagiellonian University was ranked at the 312nd position. The organisers stressed the Jagiellonian University’s importance as the second oldest university in Central Eastern Europe, pointing to its 16 faculties, about 4,000 academic staff, and more than 30,000 students as well as around 150 student academic societies. The Jagiellonian University was praised for its international research network, faculty to student ratio and employment outcomes.

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QS World University Rankings by Subject

The ranking is divided into 51 academic disciplines divided into five areas: Arts & Humanities, Engineering & Technology, Life Sciences & Medicine, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences & Management. It is based on five factors: university’s reputation in the academic community, university’s reputation among employers, citations, h-index and International Research Network index (used to measure universities’ capability in forming partnerships with international institutions).

In this year’s edition, the Jagiellonian University was ranked in 23 disciplines in all five areas. The highest number of points was awarded to Religious Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics, Modern Languages, Geography and History.

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ShanghaiRanking Consultancy rankings

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization on higher education intelligence and not legally subordinated to any universities or government agencies. Every year, it publishes the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking.

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Academic Ranking of World Universities

The Academic Ranking of World Universities has been published since 2003. Each year, the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy rates universities around the world on the basis of several indicators. These include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers and publications, number of articles published in Nature and Science journals, as well as the per capita performance of a university. Specific positions are announced only for top one hundred universities – the lower ranked institutions are placed in groups of 50 or 100. Over 2.5 thousand universities are evaluated each year, the top 1000 of which are published on the ranking list.

In the latest, 21st edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, there are nine Polish higher education institutions – two fewer than in the previous year. Amongst them, the Jagiellonian University and the University of Warsaw have received the highest notes (ranked 401–500).

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Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

The Global Ranking of Academic Subjects lists universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences. It uses a range of objective academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in respective subjects, including research output (Q1), research influence (CNCI), international collaboration (IC), research quality (Top), and international academic awards (Award).

In this year's ranking, the Jagiellonian University was classified in 12 disciplines.

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Times Higher Education World University Ranking

The ranking published by British magazine Times Higher Education that comprehensively rates research-intensive universities across five areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry, and international outlook.The organisation uses 18 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments.

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This year's edition of the ranking prepared by the British magazine Times Higher Education includes 1,904 universities from 108 countries. The Jagiellonian University was classified in ten out of eleven categories.

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The Center for World University Rankings list

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) is a consulting organisation providing policy advice, strategic insights, and consulting services to governments and universities to improve educational and research outcomes.

The CWUR ranking is based on such criteria as academic success of alumni, professional success of alumni, academic staff achievements, general research output, the number of high quality publications, research influence, and the number of highly-cited research papers.

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In the 2024 edition of the ranking, there are 41 Polish universities, ranging from the 386th to the 1,958th place out of 2,000. The Jagiellonian University was ranked as Poland’s best higher education institution, closely followed by the University of Warsaw (421st place) and AGH University of Science and Technology (637th place).

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"Perspektywy" Education Foundation ranking

"Perspektywy" Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit national organisation established in 1998 to promote and support education. The Board of Foundation consists of present and former rectors of Polish universities and other outstanding public figures interested in the development of higher education in Poland. The Foundation regularly publishes a number of rankings that are widely recognised as the most popular and reliable ones in Poland. 

The ranking is based on seven criteria: prestige (12 percent), research potential (15 percent), research effectiveness (28 percent), teaching and learning conditions (10 percent), internationalisation (15 percent), innovation (8 percent), and alumni’s position on the job market (12 percent), assessed using 30 different indicators, which makes it one of the most comprehensive and transparent educational rankings in the world, one of only four rankings awarded with the "IREG approved" certificate by the IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence.

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Since the beginning of the ranking the top position has been contested by the Jagiellonian University and the University of Warsaw, both of which have taken either first or second place. This year, the list was topped by the Jagiellonian University, which scored 100 percent, followed by the University of Warsaw, which scored 99.6 percent.

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