The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 determine the performance of each university in five areas of knowledge: Arts and Humanities, Engineering and Technology, Life Sciences and Medicine, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. In the current edition, it has evaluated 51 academic disciplines by comparing 1452 universities around the world and analysing 14,435 training programmes. Last year the Universitat Rovira i Virgili had three disciplines in the ranking, namely Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Sciences, whereas in the current edition the first two of these retain their position but Materials Sciences does not. However, two new disciplines, Archaeology and Medicine, make their first appearance in the ranking, entering the list in the 151-200 and 601-650 bands respectively.
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To make the classification, the Quacquarelli Symonds organisation has used four indicators. The first two are global surveys of academics and employers from around the world that evaluate the international reputation of institutions. The other two indicators measure the impact of research through citations and the H index, which measures both the productivity and the impact of (citations) of the work published by the research community. The weight given to each indicator varies depending on the discipline analysed.
The best positioned universities in the highest number of disciplines are Harva430rd University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
For more information, go to: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.