08. July 2020

Bonn’s world class mathematicians and economists A number of disciplines distinguish themselves in the international subject-specific Shanghai Ranking

A number of disciplines from the University of Bonn have distinguished themselves, performing well in the international subject-specific Shanghai ranking.

The latest edition of the widely respected “Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020” placed the University of Bonn as the best university in Germany for Mathematics and Economics. Both Bonn departments already proved themselves in the competition for the award of a Cluster of Excellence. Many other departments in Bonn are following close behind.

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Bonn’s Mathematics department was classed in 13th place, in front of prestigious universities like Harvard and Columbia. Bonn’s Economics department is currently ranked 46th in the world. Other subjects represented by Bonn in Clusters of Excellence have been awarded high rankings. In 17 of 27 of the subject rankings, the University of Bonn featured amongst the top five of the best German universities, including Agricultural Sciences (place 2), Water Resources (ranking group 2-3), Animal Sciences (3), Geography (2-4), Law (3-5) and Computer Science (5). Overall, the University of Bonn came in amongst the top ten of all German universities in over half of the subjects for which they have been ranked.

In international comparison, the departments of Agricultural Sciences, Economics and Human Biology are amongst the most successful in the world, receiving the ranks 44, 46 and 49 respectively. The same applies for three further academic disciplines, which came in under the best 75: Physics, Dentistry and Pharmacy. One-third of all subjects at the University of Bonn subject to assessment have made it into the top 100 universities in the world.

The University Rector, Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Michael Hoch interprets the high rankings as confirmation of the University’s strategy: “The status of the University of Bonn as one of Germany’s top institutions of higher education and research and our international success is a direct result of the academic strength of our individual researchers. We will continue in our efforts both to improve our performance in the individual academic disciplines even further and strengthen their interdisciplinary innovation. Only in this way is it possible to make a contribution to answering the important questions with which international society is currently faced.”

The annual Shanghai subject ranking assesses between 200 and 500 international university departments using five indicators. These include publication data such as academic publications in top journals, international co-publications, citation factors and the number of prizes and awards gained by the university.

The complete ranking list is available here: https://www.shanghairanking.com

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