UCLouvain’s global reputation grows

Times Higher Education (THE) has unveiled the list of the 200 best universities according to the opinions of more than 10,000 recognised academics all over the world. UCLouvain has made a remarkable progress in the ranking, reinforcing its well-established reputation as being among the world’s best.

Last September, we learned that UCLouvain had risen to 158th in the 2022 THE general ranking. This is six places higher than last year.

On 27 October 2021, THE unveiled another ranking: “The World's Best Universities According to Academics”. This ranking lists the 200 most prestigious universities in the world based on the opinion of their peers. Specifically, the survey is based on 150,000 votes from 10,963 experienced and published academics, who gave their opinion on the excellence of research and teaching in universities around the world.

This extensive survey—the largest of its kind—measures the evolution of recognition of UCLouvain’s education and research on the international scene. And the result is once again flattering. Last year, it was ranked between 176th and 200th, but this year the leading French-speaking Belgian university has moved up one place to between 151st and 175th place.

“Being part of the top 200 most reputable universities was already a great achievement,” says Jean-Christophe Renauld, UCLouvain pro-rector for research. “Moving up in this ranking, in a context of increasing globalisation, demonstrates UCLouvain’s dynamism. This reputation allows us to play a role on the international scene with our partners in the Circle U. European alliance and also opens doors to our graduates for an international career.”

Harvard University retained its top position, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) remained in second place and Oxford University moved up two places to third. The most striking development is the increase from 12 to 17 Chinese universities in the top 200. Other emerging countries such as India and Brazil are also moving up in the rankings, illustrating the ongoing process of globalisation in higher education excellence.

Published on October 27, 2021