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UMinho makes a stand in international rankings

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UMinho makes a stand in international rankings
Monday, 8/15/2016
The University of Minho has been moving up in the main international rankings, which can be seen in the most recent results from the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shangai Ranking. According to the ARWU, one of the most prestigious rankings worldwide, UMinho is among the 500 best higher education institutions in the world in 2016.

The ARWU was published for the first time in 2003 by the Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai. This ranking assesses 1200 universities, based upon a consolidated benchmark that favours older institutions.

The ARWU was published for the first time in 2003, by the Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai. This ranking lists the 500 universities in the world that have stood out within a defined group of benchmarks, such as the number of students and professors who were awarded the Nobel Prize or the Fields Medal; the number of lecturers and scientists with the most citations in fields such as life sciences, medicine, physics, engineering and social sciences; articles published in the magazines “Nature” and “Science”; articles cited in bibliographic databases; and the academic performance per capita. Over 1200 universities are assessed annually.

This achievement follows previous acclaims for UMinho in the Scimago Institutions Rankings, the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) and the Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50 2016. In the case of the Scimago ranking, the research, innovation and social impact of 5147 higher education and R&D institutions in the world are assessed, using the volume of scientific publications and citations from the Scopus database as a reference. Here, The University of Minho is ranked as 357th on a worldwide scale, having climbed almost 200 places since 2010. As for the CWUR, UMinho has gone up 76 places in international recognition, 42 places in publications, 39 places in citations and 12 places in patents, since 2014.

Finally, and for the fourth year in a row, UMinho is among the elite of the best “young” universities in the world, according to the Times Higher Education (THE) 150 Under 50 2016. This ranking was first published in 2012 and its aim is to publicise new and cutting-edge higher education institutions that, in a short period of time, have reached a global level of excellence in the various aspects of their mission - teaching, research, innovation and internationalisation. The THE only lists universities with less than 50 years of existence and uses the same 13 benchmarks - re-callibrated to fit the profile of “younger” institutions - as the Times Higher Education ranking, one of the most prestigious in the world.

As such, UMinho cements its place as a higher education institution that stands out with world prestige, a result of its affirmative strategy and of the commitment of its members.