Semmelweis University ranks among the top 200 universities in the world in pharmacy education, according to the latest university subject rankings published by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The university also placed the best in Hungary in the broad subject area of life sciences and medicine.

In the broad subject area of life sciences and medicine education, Semmelweis University was ranked 308th globally, making it the top Hungarian university in this field. The other two Hungarian universities on the list, the University of Debrecen and the University of Szeged, placed in position 451–500. In the more specific subject ranking of medicine, Semmelweis was ranked in the 201–250 position, also making it the best Hungarian university in the field. Compared to the previous year, the university improved in its citations score.

In the ranking of universities in the specific subject of pharmacy and pharmacology, Semmelweis University is the only Hungarian higher education institution on the list, holding on to its previous position of 151–200th.

The compilers of the international ranking list take four ranking criteria into consideration: the citation frequency of scientific works related to the institution (citations per paper), the academic reputation of the institution, the employer reputation, and the h-index citations, which measures the citation impact of publications. With regard to h-index citations, the 2019 rankings look at the 2012–2016 period, in the case of citations per paper, the 2012–2017 period was considered, while the results of the past five years of reputation questionnaires were taken into consideration, said Péter Szluka, the director of Semmelweis University’s Central Library.

The now published 2019 QS list provides a ranking of world universities in a total of 48 different subject areas.

Pálma Dobozi
Translation: Tamás Deme
Photo (featured image): Attila Kovács – Semmelweis University