Best Global Universities Ranking 2021:University of Hohenheim top position in Agricultural Research and Food Sciences

Top position in all rankings

04-Nov-2020 - Germany

Germany's no. 1 in agricultural research as well as food and nutritional science: The University of Hohenheim holds its top position. It remains in 7th place in Europe and 28th place worldwide. This is the result of the current Best Global Universities ranking by the US magazine U.S. News & World Report in cooperation with Clarivate Analytics InCites. This makes the University of Hohenheim in Stuttgart the leader in all major international research rankings in the field of agricultural research in Germany.

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The University of Hohenheim’s Food Science and Nutritional Science programs also contribute to the good result in “Agricultural Sciences.” This is because their research performance is counted among the agricultural sciences in this ranking.

The Best Global Universities Ranking has been published annually since 2014. Institutions from more than 80 countries are evaluated on the basis of 13 indicators that assess academic research performance and international reputation.

The leading position of the University of Hohenheim in Germany has recently been confirmed by all the well-known international rankings:

  • In the area of Life Sciences, the University also made it into the top 250 universities in the world in the THE Ranking by Subject 2021 of the magazine "Times Higher Education" (THE). With the group placement #201-250, the University of Hohenheim is in the top third of the 821 life sciences universities ranked. According to the THE Ranking, the life sciences include agricultural sciences, biology, veterinary medicine, and sports science.

  • The renowned research ranking of the National Taiwan University (NTU Ranking) listed the university as no. 1 in Germany, no. 6 in Europe, and no. 22 in the world. Each year, the NTU evaluates all international scientific publications for the globally respected ranking, assessing their number and quality. The latest issue was published in October 2020.

  • The influential QS World University Ranking by Subject lists the University of Hohenheim’s agricultural research including food science 1st in Germany, 8th in Europe, and 16th worldwide. The analysis by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a British education provider, annually ranks the best universities primarily by research strength and examines factors such as academic reputation, publications, and citations of individual publications. The most recent subject ranking was published in March 2020.

European and global leaders cooperate closely

The other universities that were with Hohenheim in the top five of agricultural research are quite familiar. Together with five leading European universities in the field of bioeconomy, the University of Hohenheim recently joined forces in the European Bioeconomy University (EBU) network. Four of the partners - Wageningen University in the Netherlands, AgroParis Tech in France, the University of Bologna in Italy, and the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna in Austria - are the best in their respective countries in the field of agricultural research.

Among the seven best in Europe are the universities of Wageningen (Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark). The University of Hohenheim has long cooperated closely with the Universities of Wageningen and Copenhagen within the Euroleague of Life Sciences. This network is made up of joint study programs and intensive exchange of students and instructors.

The partnership with the global leaders is also close. For example, the University of Hohenheim and the China Agricultural University have cooperated for several decades.

Top Universities in Agricultural Research & Food Sciences in Germany, Europe, and the World (Source: Best Global Universities Ranking)

1. University of Hohenheim
2. Technical University of Munich
3. University of Bonn
4. Universität Gießen
5. Free University Berlin

1. University of Wageningen (Netherlands)
2. University of Valencia (Spain)
3. University of Ghent (Belgium)
4. University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
5. University College Dublin (Ireland)
6. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)
7. University of Hohenheim (Germany)

1. University of Wageningen (Netherlands)
2. China Agricultural University (China)
3. South China University of Technology (China)
4. University of Massachusetts – Amherst (USA)
5. Jiangnan University (China)

28. University of Hohenheim

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