RankingUniversität Heidelberg: Outstanding Placings in Shanghai Subject Ranking

29 July 2022

Clinical medicine internationally in 17th position – medical technology ranks 14th worldwide

With medical technology and clinical medicine, Heidelberg University is among the best representatives of the respective subject worldwide. In the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects, medical technology improves by three places over last year, being ranked 14th internationally and second in Germany. Clinical medicine – in 17th position internationally – takes the top position in Germany, as it did last year, a level also achieved by a second medical discipline, public health. Public health is in 45th place on the international scale, having improved by four places over 2021. Another excellently placed medical discipline in the Shanghai Subject Ranking is pharmacy, which has leapt forward by eleven places worldwide to 30th position (last year 41st). That means ranking second at the national level.

In the natural sciences, physics at Heidelberg is among the 50 best representatives of this subject internationally, being placed 44th and ranking second in Germany. For the first time, the biological sciences are also among the top 50 worldwide, having climbed to 49th position from the 51-to-75 group, corresponding to third position Germany-wide. Also classed under life sciences, human biological sciences confirm their Top 50 placing of last year, with an international improvement by two places from 49th to 47th position. In Germany, human biological sciences take fifth position. Biotechnology, which comes under the Engineering subjects, is in second position nationally and in the 51-to-75 group internationally. In all, Heidelberg University features in the 2022 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects with 28 disciplines, being placed seven times in the Top 50 internationally and a total of ten times in the Top 100.

The Subject Ranking appeared in July 2022 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 third place in Germany, ranking 18th in Europe and 57th internationally.