BBU holds top positions on academic fields in the US News Best Global Universities ranking

After ranking 675 on an international level, Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca (BBU) also holds top positions on academic fields in the US News Best Global Universities ranking, as published on Tuesday, 26th October 2021 (

According to the published data, BBU holds the following positions in this ranking: (1) chemistry – #1 nationally and #587 internationally; (2) engineering – #1 nationally and #544 internationally; (3) environment/ecology – #1 nationally and #499 internationally; (4) geology – #1 nationally and #333 internationally; (5) mathematics – #1 nationally and #147 internationally; (6) physics – #3 nationally and #267 internationally; (7) psychiatry/psychology – #1 and only one nationally and #271 internationally. Of the 43 fields included in the US News Best Global Universities analysis, Romania is included in 11 fields, and BBU in 7 of the 11 fields (2 of the 4 academic fields where BBU is not included in the ranking are not part of the university’s academic structure).

“BBU confirms both its global competitiveness – as first university in the country included in the ranking (675 internationally), as well as its competitiveness on academic fields, as we can see in the specific rankings on said fields. As previously mentioned, the youth within the country and from abroad can find in BBU a performant and internationally integrated institution where they can study and train as experts and good citizens; moreover, BBU also guarantees Romania’s competitive advantages at a global level in various fields”, said the BBU rector, prof. Daniel David.

The US News Best Global Universities ranking is among the most important at a global level, as it classifies universities based on their academic performance, but also based on global and regional reputation. In 2021, the general ranking US News Best Global Universities includes the best 1,750 universities from 90 countries around the world, universities whose performance was analysed based on 13 indicators regarding global and regional reputation of research, publications and scientific events, the impact and total number of quotations and international collaboration.



BBU is the university with the oldest academic tradition in Romania (begun 440 years ago – 1581), representing the largest academic community in the country (with over 55,000 individuals, from 15 cities and 11 counties). Since its foundation, BBU has been part of the gallery of prestigious and referential universities in Romania, and during the past 5 years it has ranked first in the country, in the University Metaranking, which combines the major international rankings of universities. Moreover, for several years now, BBU has occupied top positions at national level in the global rankings and in rankings on fields; it has constantly been among the 5% of world universities, with an advanced academic infrastructure (e.g., RDI units integrated into European networks, modernised didactic laboratories integrated with virtual/augmented/mix reality through the BBU-EON-XR Centre etc.). Recently (in 2021), following an international audit by QS STAR, BBU has been confirmed the first “world-class” (QS*****) university in Romania, and in 2020, is was accepted into the GUILD, the organisation of some of the most prestigious “world-class/research-intensive” European universities.