RANKINGS – Britain’s QS publishes its 2022 discipline rankings of universities around the world. France obtains good results in social sciences and management, less so in engineering and technology.
Published on April 6 by the British company Quacquarelli Symonds, the QS 2022 ranking of world universities by discipline is a benchmark in the field. It ranks the best universities on the five continents for each of the 51 university programs divided into five major teaching areas, based on five criteria: academic reputation, reputation with employers, number of citations in articles of research, the H index which measures the impact of a researcher’s work and the international research network.
Good results in humanities and management
France is doing a little better this year than in 2021: 462 French programs and 75 universities appear in the ranking, compared to 388 programs and 71 universities last year. Sorbonne-University is once again at the top of French universities, with a total of 26 appearances in the 51 top 100 listed, i.e. 4 more than in 2021. Among these, some fine performances: Sorbonne University ranks 7th in the category classic letters and Ancient historyor even 14th in the field of Natural Sciences. This is followed by PSL (Paris Sciences et Lettres) with 24 top 100 (+9) and Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne (12 top 100).
The QS company points out in its press release that “France is particularly strong in the arts, humanities and social sciences”. Evidenced by the presence of two French business schools in the world top 10 for the third consecutive year, INSEAD (2nd) and HEC (10th).
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The French education system 9th in the world
However, the press release notes that “in scientific and technological disciplines, French universities do not reach the same heights”. PSL’s 12th place in the category math does not hide the fact that France does not have a single school or university in the top 20 of the field Engineering and technologyranking behind Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy.
The QS 2022 ranking indicates that “France is the 9th best higher education system in the world”the 4th in Europe, with 6 university programs ranked among the 10 best in the world in their category. Very far from the United Kingdom (132 programs) and especially from the United States (239 programs).
Finally, we can note the good progress of the Vatel school in the category Hospitality and leisure management. Ranked 19th in 2021, it jumped 8 places and found itself at the gates of the top 10. “This distinction confirms the good position of the Vatel family group, and its know-how in training future professionals in the hotel and tourism industry”responded the school in a statement.