The University of Belgrade dropped out of the list of the top 500 universities on this year’s Shanghai list, and for the first time since it appeared on that list (in 2012), it is ranked from 501st to 600th place.
The ranking of Belgrade University has changed several times from 2012 to date. From 2013 to 2015, it placed between 301st and 400th place, while in 2016 and 2017, it bounced back to the top 300. In 2018, the University of Belgrade was ranked between 301st and 400th place, and in 2019 and 2020, from 401st to 500th.
Over 2,000 higher education institutions were ranked this year, and the list of the best 1,000 universities has already been published, Danas daily announced on its website.
Harvard University is the first for the 19th consecutive time. Stanford University ranks second, while Cambridge University is third, followed by MIT, Berkeley, Princeton, Oxford, Columbia, Caltech and the University of Chicago.
As for Serbia, in addition to the University of Belgrade, the University of Novi Sad was ranked on the Shanghai list – between 901st and 1000th place just like in 2018 and 2019.
Although this ranking is informal, it is a matter of prestige to be on the so-called Shanghai list because it ranks less than 4% of universities worldwide. The list’s criteria include the number of Nobel Prize winners, number of Nobel Prize-winning lecturers/researchers, number of highly cited lecturers/researchers within a given scientific field, number of scientific articles published in Science and Nature journals, number of scientific articles published in journals with Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index and academic contribution in relation to the number of employees.
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