Compiled by Times Higher Education and measuring the impact of higher education institutions in 17 categories, the list features six Hungarian universities in total.
According to hellomagyar.hu, the rankings, which were recently published for the 3rd time, are based on the research activity of the institutions in relation to the sustainable development goals of the UN. Some examples are no poverty, good health and well-being, sustainable cities and communities, and climate action. The full list includes a total of 1,115 universities from 94 countries.
In terms of overall performance, the University of Pécs reached the highest position, ranked somewhere between 201st and 300th, the same category as the Sorbonne in Paris or the University of Massachusetts.
“Naturally, we are very happy about the results, but we still have a long way to go. Future development is possible with the help of our excellent teachers and students and increasingly better research background, thanks to the funding we have received both from local organisations and the EU,” said Attila Miseta, rector of the University of Pécs, in an interview with BAMA.hu.
It was not the only non-Budapest institution to do well: the University of Debrecen and the University of Szeged both made it into the next division (301-400), while the highest-ranking university of the capital, Semmelweis University, only got as far as 401-500. However, that is not to say that Semmelweis is not an excellent university, rather, that it is a specialised one, only offering medicine-related degrees.
In fact, in the category of good health and well-being, Semmelweis was ranked as the 10th best university in the world, tied with the Kaohsiung Medical University of Taiwan.
The University of Debrecen also achieved a high score in this category, coming in at 87th. The University of Szeged was featured in all area-specific rankings, which is an impressive feat in itself, ranking 57th in the “Zero Hunger” category, 59th in “Life below water”, and 84th in “Life on land”. In the case of the latter two, the University of Szeged was not the only top-ranking Hungarian university, as the University of Debrecen placed 100th in “Life below water” and the University of Pécs came in at 99th in “Life on land”.
The remaining two Hungarian universities, Eötvös Loránd University and Szent István University, which were included in the ranking, did not do particularly well in any of the sub-rankings, the only notable result being the 201-300th place of ELTE in gender equality research.