A LIST of the world’s 500 best universities does not contain any from Slovakia. The Institute of Higher Education at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University included five universities from Visegrad Four countries in its latest ranking, but none of them are Slovak, the SITA newswire wrote. The Czech Republic has one university on the list while Poland and Hungary have two universities each.
Charles University in Prague was placed highest among the V4 universities, ranking in the top 300 places (outside the top 100, institutions are ranked in groups of 100). Jagellon University in Warsaw and the University of Warsaw were both ranked in the top 400, as did were University of Szeged and Budapest’s Eötvös Loránd University, both in Hungary. Full results are available at www.arwu.org.
US universities occupy the first three places with Harvard judged the world’s top university, followed by Stanford and Berkeley. Only two universities from Europe, both British, made it into the top ten: Cambridge (4th) and Oxford (10th).
The Institute assessed data from over 2,000 universities to compile the list of the best 500. It took into consideration, in particular, their research results, their tally of Nobel laureates and holders of other scientific prizes, and the number of articles published and quoted in international periodicals.
In Slovakia there are 20 public and 10 private universities, as well as one branch of a foreign university.