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Oceanography and Nursing lead University of Southampton subjects in Shanghai Ranking

Published: 27 May 2021
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Southampton has 10 subjects ranked in the global top 50 of the Shanghai Rankings for 2021.

Once again, the University of Southampton has been ranked amongst the top 150 institutions in the world in the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) compiled by Shanghai Ranking.

This year’s table shows that Southampton is included in a group of universities ranked ‘100-150’ so have not received a specific numerical ranking. More than 1,800 out of 4,000 universities across 93 countries and regions are finally listed in total across the Shanghai Ranking overall and subject lists.

The organisation’s latest Global Ranking of Academic Subjects ranks four Southampton subjects in the top 20 globally. The University is ranked fourth in the world for Oceanography for the second consecutive year, ninth for Nursing (a rise of two places), 12th for Telecommunications Engineering and 20th for Aerospace Engineering.

Additionally, six Southampton subjects are ranked in the global top 50 including Marine/Ocean Engineering and Transportation Science & Technology - both ranked 24th; Earth Sciences, placed 33rd; Electrical & Electronic Engineering is 36th; Public Health is 41st and Geography is 48th.

Keith Johnstone, Director of International Relations & Development, said: “This latest ranking success shows yet again what a truly comprehensive and globally-recognised institution Southampton is. It is particularly impressive in this challenging time that so many Southampton colleagues work so hard to ensure we get this positive and deserved recognition.”

The Shanghai Ranking is based on a number of academic indicators and third-party data to measure the performance of world universities in relevant subjects, including international academic awards, top academic achievements, research quality, and international collaboration. In GRAS 2021, the index of international academic awards is based on an Academic Excellence Survey (AES) conducted by Shanghai Ranking.


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