In the ever-evolving world of education, keeping a finger on the pulse of academic performance is crucial. For all those invested in higher education, from students seeking their ideal institutions to researchers and educators looking for top-notch partners, the Round University Ranking (RUR) 2023 by Subjects release is an exciting milestone. This year's edition brings with it an array of captivating insights into the global academic landscape, delivered through comprehensive subject-based rankings.

As we unveil the Round University Ranking by Subject Areas 2023, you will find a wealth of information to guide your academic decisions. This release is structured around six broad subject areas and 25 narrow subjects, allowing stakeholders to dig deep into the specifics of each field. These rankings offer a robust understanding of academic excellence, providing a roadmap for students, educators, researchers, and institutions alike.

RUR Broad Subject Areas

The RUR Subject Ranking tradition continues with a robust focus on six broad subject areas, each offering a unique perspective on academic achievement:

These rankings are meticulously crafted using a specially curated methodology involving 20 distinct indicators. These indicators encompass various facets of university performance and are categorized into four key dimensions:

1. Quality of Teaching

This dimension scrutinizes the effectiveness of teaching, and the support students receive. It includes indicators like:

  • Academic staff per students: A lower student-to-faculty ratio often indicates a more personalized and engaging learning experience.
  • Academic staff per bachelor degrees awarded: This indicator gauges a university's efficiency in producing undergraduate degrees.
  • Doctoral degrees awarded per academic staff: A higher number suggests robust research and mentorship programs.
  • Doctoral degrees awarded per bachelor degrees awarded: This ratio reflects a university's commitment to producing highly educated graduates.
  • Online visibility: An important indicator in the digital age, this measures a university's presence and accessibility online.

2. Research Impact

The quality and impact of research produced by universities is a significant aspect of academic excellence. This dimension incorporates indicators such as:

  • Citations per academic and research staff: A measure of research influence and engagement within the academic community.
  • Share of graduate degrees awarded: Reflects a university's focus on producing advanced scholars.
  • Normalized citation impact: Assesses the relative impact of research outputs.
  • Papers per academic and research staff: Measures the research productivity of a university.
  • Social media visibility: Reflects the university's outreach to the broader community.

3. Level of International Diversity

The global exchange of knowledge is a hallmark of academic excellence. This dimension evaluates internationalization and cross-border collaboration, including indicators such as:

  • Share of international academic staff: Demonstrates the global character of a university.
  • Share of international students: Reflects the attractiveness of the institution to students worldwide.
  • Share of international co-authored papers: Highlights global research collaboration.
  • New media impact: Measures a university's influence and engagement on digital platforms.
  • International level: Assesses a university's global standing.

4. Level of Financial Sustainability

Financial stability is pivotal for any institution's long-term success. The sustainability dimension explores indicators like:

  • Research income per citations: Evaluates the financial efficiency of research production.
  • Research income per students: Reflects the investment in research relative to the student body.
  • Research income per papers: Measures research output in relation to funding.
  • Research income per academic and research staff: Reflects the financial support available to faculty.
  • Financial Sustainability Level: A comprehensive measure of financial stability.

Narrow Subject Areas

While the broad subject rankings offer a holistic view of academic performance, RUR is delighted to introduce 25 narrow subject rankings. These rankings cater to those seeking a deeper understanding of academic excellence in specific fields. Whether you are interested in Mathematics, Chemistry, Veterinary Science, or any other discipline, these rankings provide a laser-focused evaluation of universities. Here's a glimpse of the narrow subject areas:

Each of these rankings is based on the Lens bibliometric system and assesses universities using five key indicators:

  • Number of papers
  • Number of citations
  • Citations per Papers
  • Number of citing Patents
  • Number of Highly-Cited Papers

To delve deeper into the methodology of RUR narrow subject rankings, please visit our Methodology Page.

In a rapidly evolving world, RUR's Subject Rankings 2023 stand as a beacon of academic insight. We are dedicated to providing you with reliable, detailed, and insightful data to inform your academic and research journey. These rankings help you make informed choices and contribute to the advancement of knowledge and academic excellence.

We extend our gratitude for your continued support and look forward to accompanying you on your academic voyage.

Best Regards,
Oleg Solovev
Round University Ranking Team