Martin Luther University and University of Leipzig best universities in Eastern Germany in the Shanghai Ranking once again

The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking, was published yesterday (15th August 2010) by the Center for World-Class Universities at Shanghai’s Jiao Tong University, and is recognised as one of the most influential listings.

As in previous years, the partner universities were allocated rankings in the range between 201 and 300, putting them in the top 25 in Germany. “We are delighted that we are so far up the new ranking once again. This kind of sustainable success is a real boost for Halle’s university and confirms that we are moving in the right direction,” said MLU Vice Chancellor Professor Wulf Diepenbrock.

Universities across the world are compared annually using the following indicators: quality of education (alumni who have won a Nobel prize or important prize in mathematics); quality of staff (academics with a Nobel prize or important prize in mathematics, as well as often-cited researchers in 21 subjects); research output (articles published in the specialist magazines “Nature”, “Science” and “Web of Science”); and the size of the institution (academic performance with a view to size). Over 1000 universities are assessed, and the top 500 are included in the ranking. ARWU has been presenting the best universities worldwide since 2003.

Once again in 2010, the USA dominates the list, with eight world-class universities in the top 10 and 54 universities in the top 100. Harvard University remains number one in the world, followed by Berkeley and Stanford. The complete list and detailed methods can be found on the Academic Ranking of World Universities website at



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