The 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) list, which is an international ranking of higher education institutions based on thirteen diverse criteria for educational and research performance, including citations, knowledge transfer, and internationalisation, has been published, and eight of Hungary’s institutions have made it onto the list as reported by Hungarian Insider.
THE lists the 1,400 best universities in the world, among which Semmelweis University (SE), Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), Debrecen University of Pécs, University of Szeged, University of Applied Sciences, Corvinus, and Szent István University (SZIE) can be found.
Semmelweis, which was on the list last year as well, has made a significant jump of 34 places ahead to 457, along with having the 14th highest growth rate in terms of citation. Additionally, SE is 41st on THE’s European Teaching Ranking, which focuses specifically on educational performance, based, among other things, on student opinion, according to Balázs Hankó, the Deputy Rector for Strategy and Development at Semmelweis.
He was quoted saying that “In my opinion, it does not seem at all a distant and unbelievable goal for our institution to become one of the 100 best in the world by 2030. We are already ranked high in the university rankings. For example, in the equally important QS ranking, we are among the 250 best in the medical field in the world, and even more narrowly, in the pharmaceutical top 200. At present, we have 3,400 foreign students coming from seventy countries, with triple and even six-fold over-subscription at certain courses.”
Moreover, ELTE is the only university to be ranked in the table for Psychology, enjoying the company of universities like Auburn and Dublin City University. ELTE also ranks very high in the table for Humanities. The university has maintained its spot in the QS aggregate list ranking in the 501-600 band out of 28,000 institutions.
The General Deputy Rector said that “This is only achieved by improving each and every year. If it did not, its ranking would in fact slip. We need to produce increasing scientific performance to keep this place, not to mention to improve it.
That is why we are working not only on a campaign basis but also on measures that will enable us to make progress, improve our indicators, and draw on sources of excellence.”
Overall, the universities seem to be thriving and can only go higher from here.