Shanghai Subject RankingOutstanding Placings for Universität Heidelberg

Press Release No. 1/2024
3 January 2024

Clinical medicine internationally in 18th position – Medical technology ranks 11th worldwide

With medical technology and clinical medicine, Heidelberg University is among the best representatives of the respective subject worldwide. In the 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, medical technology improves once again by three places, being ranked 11th internationally and second in Germany. Clinical medicine – in 18th position internationally – takes the top position in Germany, as it did in the previous years. Another excellently placed medical discipline in the Shanghai Subject Ranking is pharmacy, which is ranked 35th worldwide. That means ranking second at the national level. For the first time, the biological sciences are at the top of the list in Germany, moving up six places to 43rd place internationally.

In the natural sciences, physics at Heidelberg is among the 50 best representatives of this subject internationally, being placed 45th and ranking second in Germany. Human biological sciences, like the biological sciences classed under life sciences, confirm their Top 50 placing once again, with an international improvement by one place to 46th position. In Germany, human biological sciences take fourth position now (fifth in the previous year). In the ranking group 51 to 75, another discipline coming under the medical subjects is represented – public health. In Germany, this means third place. In all, Heidelberg University features in the 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects with 25 disciplines, being placed six times in the Top 50 internationally and a total of nine times in the Top 100.

The Subject Ranking appeared in October 2023 and is part of the Academic Ranking of World Universities, also called the Shanghai Ranking. It covers a total of five academic areas to which the ranked subjects are assigned. The ranking is mainly based on publication data, with the prizes and awards won at a university also counting for most subjects. There are five indicators in all, weighted differently depending on the discipline. In the overall Shanghai Ranking published last year, Heidelberg University took first place in Germany, ranking 16th in Europe and 55th internationally.