The University of Maribor has first ever entered the number of candidates for inclusion into the prestigious Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), hitting a group of universities sharing the 501–600 places. The ranking was officially published by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy on 15 August 2018. It includes the top 500 universities in the world. Another 1,000 universities are among the candidates.
The criteria used by ARWU to determine the quality of university work are as follows: the number of Nobel Prize winners and Fields Medal holders among graduates (the quality of education makes a 10% share in the assessment); the number of Nobel Prize winners and Fields Medal holders among employees (staff quality – 20%); the number of researchers with a high citation index working in 21 scientific areas (staff quality – 20%); the number of articles published in the Nature and Science journals (the quality of research work – 20%); Science Citation Index and Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) (the quality of research work – 20%); the average academic achievement level per researcher (FTE) according to the five above criteria (the average quality score is 10%).
In 2018, the University of Maribor holds the following positions by selected study programmes: Mathematics – 401–500 places (out of 500), Physics – 401–500 places (out of 500), Electrical Engineering – 301–400 places (out of 500), Chemical Engineering – 301–400 places (out of 500), Law – 151–200 places (out of 200), Public Administration – 151–200 paces (out of 200).
In 2018, Shanghai Ranking Consultancy has gathered data on more than 1,500 universities around the world and published the ARWU World Top 500 Universities and the ARWU World Top 500 Candidates lists on 15 August. The composition of the world’s top ten best universities in 2018 has not changed. Since the first publication of the ranking, the Harvard University has always been the leader.
In July 2018, the results of the Shanghai Ranking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2018 were also published. The list includes over 1,600 universities from 83 countries that have been evaluated in 54 areas of study.