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The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai ranking, was the first ranking to compare universities worldwide. This ranking was set up by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2003 with the aim of comparing the Chinese universities with the prestigious universities in the United States. Since then, this ranking has quickly grown into an internationally used ranking.


The Shanghai ranking ranks 1000 universities worldwide that score best on a set of indicators. These indicators are mainly related to prestigious research activities and absolute research output. Universities in the Shanghai ranking receive a ranking position, a total ranking score and individual indicator scores. The ranking position represents the hierarchical position of a university relative to the other universities and is based on the total ranking score. The total ranking score is a composite score of the indicator scores (see figure below). Each of the indicators carries a different weighting in the calculation the total ranking score (see below). The total ranking score is a value between 0 and 100 and represents the relative value of a university compared to the value of the highest-ranked university. That is, the highest-ranked university is assigned a total score of 100%, and the scores of the other universities are calculated as a percentage of the top score. 


Hasselt University is ranked for the first time in the Academic Ranking of World Universities in the 2019 edition and is listed in the section 601-700 (because of the small difference in performance between universities in the same section, they are not listed in order) of the best universities worldwide.


Analysis of individual indicators (table 1) demonstrates that Hasselt University scores better than UMons and comparable to UCL on per capita performance (PCP), better than UMons on the number of publications in Web of Science (PUB) and better than UMons and ULB on the number of Highly Cited researchers (HiCi).

Hasselt University was also ranked in the following subrankings of the Shanghai ranking:

  • - # 101-150 in the field of “Statistics”
  • - # 151-200 in the field of “Transportation Science & Technology”
  • - # 301-400 in the field of “Material science”
  • - # 301-400 in the field of “Public Health”
  • - # 401-500 in the field of “Mathematics”
  • - # 401-500 in the field of “Human Biological sciences”
  • - # 401-500 in the field of “Clinical medicine”
  • - # 401-500 in the field of “Management”


How can this result help you?

This positive outcome can be used by researchers to strengthen their research proposals, e.g. in the description of the research environment or the host institution.


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