The University of Maribor Is the Best Educational Institution in Slovenia 2016 (According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings)

In 2016, the University of Maribor has become the best educational institution in Slovenia and entered the top 600 world universities for the academic year 2016/2017 according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE).

The THE ranking evaluates the success of universities in the field of scientific, research and cultural activities, the contribution of universities to the development of economic and international relations, and the authority within the educational sector of the country. The ranking covers more than 1,200 universities around the world, which collaborate with the Times publication. The Universities of Maribor and Ljubljana entered the list of 980 educational institutions published last week.

According to the 2016/2017 academic year results, the University of Maribor is among the 600 best universities in the world and once again is ahead of the University of Ljubljana, which is in the group of universities ranked from 601 to 800. The University of Maribor has improved the quality of education and a number of other parameters, according to which the success of their operation is assessed.


Comparison of individual indicator assessments for the University of Maribor in the 2015/2016 and the 2016/2017 academic years. From left to right: the quality of teaching, scientific studies, citation index, economic effect, international relations and the aggregate index. The bottom line is the correlation of individual statistics indicators for the two academic years.

Since 2004, the Times Higher Education publishes a list of the best world’s universities, which is compiled based on the Times information, international surveys on the reputation of universities and the Elsevier Scopus databases. According to the Times, assessment takes into account five key criteria: the quality of teaching, scientific studies, citation of published papers, economic effect (the profit from cooperation with industry) and international relations. The criteria relate to each other in the following proportions: the quality of education — 30%, studies — 30%, citations — 30%, international relations — 7.5%, and economic effect — 2.5%.