UGent veterinary department ranked best in the world


Ghent and Leuven universities achieved top spots in this year’s Shanghai Global Ranking, reaching the top 10 in several fields, including number one for veterinary sciences

Animal instincts

Ghent University (UGent) is home to the best veterinary department in the world, according to the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. The Shanghai Ranking Consultancy develops an annual list of the best universities in the world in 52 scientific areas.

The ranking looks at more than 4,000 universities to develop the ranking. The list takes into account the number of papers published, the number of top publications and the proportion of publications with international co-authors.

UGent’s faculty tops the list of the world’ best 200 departments in veterinary sciences. The university also achieved a fifth place in food science and technology and was ranked ninth in agricultural sciences.

The University of Leuven (KU Leuven), meanwhile, made the top 10 in nursing, ranking seventh. It did even better in library and information sciences, coming in fifth. American universities dominate the ranking, but China, the UK and the Netherlands also score well.

The Shanghai ranking also develops an annual list of the world’s 500 best overall universities, which will be announced later this summer. Last year, UGent ranked 62nd and KU Leuven 93rd.

Ghent University

Ghent University (UGent) is one of Flanders’ most pluralistic and liberal institutions of higher education, and its motto has long been “dare to think”. UGent is renowned for its research in bio and life sciences.
Latin - UGent was originally founded as a Latin-speaking state university by the Dutch king William I.
Nobel - Corneel Heymans, the only Fleming to have won a Nobel Prize, studied at the university.
Autonomy - UGent is the largest employer in East Flanders.

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