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Palacký University in the Global Academic Elite

By: Ivana Pustějovská

Palacký University is one of the world’s top universities. This has been confirmed by two successive prestigious international rankings published in the United Kingdom and in the United States.

The first good news arrived in the beginning of October 2015: Palacký University has been listed in the prestigious international Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015–2016. UP has joined the ranks of the 800 most respected universities from 70 countries. The list, published since 2010 by the UK journal The Times Higher Education (THE), is one of the three most renowned global rankings of universities and higher education institutes. “This is a phenomenal success for us. It also means that we will have more visibility, because millions of people, academics, and students from all over the world, study these rankings. We have joined an elite club. It is a great motivation for the future: we have to keep moving upwards,” said UP Rector Jaroslav Miller.

THE World University Rankings judge universities in several areas, such as the quality of teaching, science and research, citations, the university’s international environment, and co-operation with the corporate sector. The core factors in the overall evaluation are related to scientific performance, including teaching, research, and citations (altogether 90 per cent). These aspects of the THE rankings are based on the analysis of data drawn from Elsevier’s Scopus database. One of the indicators was also the Reputation Survey, conducted among global academics, who rate a university’s reputation for research excellence and teaching quality.

The evaluation in the monitored areas was made on the basis of collected data, provided directly by the universities to the THE. The data concerned the number of domestic and international students, academic and scientific staff, international staff, the number of doctoral students, alumni, etc. The THE ranking also inquired into the finances allocated to science and research. Palacký University placed among the 501st–600th positions. “It is a reward for thousands of our colleagues at Palacký University who have contributed to this achievement. These are, in the first place, our academics and scientists, who constitute the university and give it its trademark. And last but not least, it also includes our staff, who are in charge of all the administrative work and processing of necessary data, which is a Sisyphean and invisible task. I want to express my gratitude to all of them,” concluded Rector Miller.

Czech universities made a breakthrough in the THE in 2015 – altogether nine universities were included in these prestigious rankings.

More good news from the U.S.

Only a few days after succeeding in The Times Higher Education, yet another success was announced by the journal U.S. News & World Report, featuring the world-renowned U.S. News Best Global Universities Rankings. Palacký University already appeared there in 2014, but its placement in 2015 represents an improvement. UP has stepped up to the 473th position, jumping fifteen positions compared to last year. In comparison with other Czech universities, Palacký University has demonstrated its dynamic development, since Charles University and Czech Technical University in Prague, also included in the 2014 rankings, went down last year. Masaryk University in Brno has been listed for the first time and placed as number 622. These rankings are based on data and metrics provided by Thomson Reuters InCitesTM research analytics solutions as well as on data submitted by the universities themselves. The rankings employ 12 indicators that measure academic research performance and international collaboration. A reputation survey is also taken into account, similarly to the THE rankings. 

U.S. News Rankings in 2014 and 2015

Czech university

2014

2015

Charles University

179

204

Czech Technical University

371

399

Palacký University

488

473

Masaryk University

622


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