The US News & World Report issues the most widely referenced university ranking in the United States and is the main source of information in the US for ambitious students and researchers. This year marks the fourth time the rankings have included universities throughout the world.
The ranking again shows indicators rating an entire institution as well as in individual subject areas. Both ranking types are based on the same 13 indicators, which are weighted differently depending on the subject area. In addition to evaluating the global and regional reputation of a university, bibliometric indicators and assessments of education achievements are analyzed in the rankings.
|Global research reputation||12.5%|
|Regional research reputation||12.5%|
|Normalized citation impact||10%|
|Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited||12.5%|
|Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited||10%|
|Percentage of total publications with international collaboration *||5%|
|Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited in their respective field||5%|
|Percentage of total publications that are among the top 1 percent most highly cited papers||5%|
* This indicator was added this year for the first time.
Rankings of Institutions: In the Top 100 in 10 of 13 Indicators
UZH achieved an excellent overall rank of 59 worldwide, and 15th within Europe. Only two Swiss higher education institutions achieved higher rankings (ETH Zurich at 25, and EPFL at 36), and UZH is Switzerland’s best-ranked comprehensive university, ahead of the University of Geneva, which was ranked 88th. The welcome results are mainly due to excellent performance – when compared globally – in the following indicators:
|2017 Global Rank||Indicator|
|21||Regional research reputation|
|43||Percentage of total publications with international collaboration|
|56||Number of publications that are among the 10 percent most cited|
|57||Percentage of total publications that are among the 10 percent most cited|
|60||Number of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited in their respective field|
|73||Percentage of highly cited papers that are among the top 1 percent most cited in their respective field|
|75||Normalized citation impact|
|98||Global research reputation|
Overall, UZH numbers among the 100 best universities worldwide in 10 of 13 indicators. That these indicators focus largely on actual achievements in research rather than reputation underline the high quality of scholarship at UZH.
Subject Rankings: In the Top 100 in 16 of 18 Subject Areas
In the rankings of individual subjects, UZH was rated among the 100 best universities worldwide in 16 of 18 subject areas.
|2017 Rank||Subject Area|
|22||Biology and Biochemistry|
|30||Neuroscience and Behavior|
|32||Plant and Animal Science|
|65||Economics and Business|
|65||Molecular Biology and Genetics|