The College of Friborg ranks final in Switzerland within the Quacquarelli Symonds rating

The Quacquarelli Symonds ranking gave the last place in Switzerland to the University of Fribourg, from 571 to 580 out of 1418 academic institutions in the world. Zurich Polytechnic School is ranked 9th in the world.

The University of Fribourg, well last in Switzerland, is not necessarily at the bottom of the world rankings. Photo credit © Charles Ellena

The University of Fribourg, which is a good last place in Switzerland, is definitely not the last place in the world ranking. Photo credit © Charles Ellena

Published on 09.06.2022

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The University of Friborg was ranked between 571st and 580th (561-570th) in the largest study ever conducted, combining 1,418 academic institutions spread over 100 sites, in a press release issued by the analytics company on Wednesday. education sector QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Far ahead, the Polytechnic School of Zurich (ETHZ) in 9th place remains the only non-English language university in the top ten due to its loss of rank.

As for other Swiss academic centers, Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) fell from 14th to 16th place, and the University of Zurich dropped from 70th place to 83rd place. All other Swiss universities are ranked 100: the University of Bern is 120th (119th in 2022), Geneva 125th (105th) and Basel 136th (138th). In addition, we ranked the University of Lausanne in 203rd place (176th place), Università della Svizzera Italiana in 240th place (=), St. We find the University of Gallen in 501st place (459th place).

The ranking is still dominated by American and British universities. For the eleventh year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) is in first place. It is followed by Cambridge University (GB) and Stanford University (USA). The Quacquarelli Symonds rating is based on various indicators, including statistics from specialized publications. Inquiries between scholars or employers are also considered.

University “rankings” such as Quacquarelli Symonds are based on the information that universities are able to provide, Astrid Epiney, rector of the University of Fribourg, reminds us. “Some of them employ teams of 7 or 8 people to collect this data,” he explains. There is no such strike force in Freiburg.

He adds that the number and importance of academic publications is one of the main criteria in creating these rankings. However, English-language publications are favored by companies such as Quacquarelli Symonds, Rector says. The fact that there is a large Faculty of Literature – this is the example of Friborg – can be a disadvantage when outside the English-speaking area.

Astrid Epiney, however, admits that the University of Friborg will have to improve. “We will present our information better. Funds are provided for this in our multi-year planning.” He also recalls that another Times Higher Education “ranking” recently placed Friborg in the top 100 most international universities in the world out of a total of 17,000 institutions.

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