Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB) has held its position at the top of the global ranking among Romanian universities included in the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/world-university-rankings/by-subject), released on Wednesday, 28 October 2020.
Out of the 11 fields considered by the Times Higher Education rankings, UBB was ranked in nine academic subjects:
(1) Psychology – the first and only university in Romania holding the 401-500 position at international level;
(2) Education – the first and only university in Romania ranking in the range 401-500 at international level;
(3) Arts and Humanities – the first university in Romania holding the 401-500 position at international level;
(4) Engineering and Technology – the highest positioning among Romanian universities, holding the 401-500 position at international level;
(5) Physical Sciences – the first university in Romania, holding the 801-1000 position at international level;
(6) Life Sciences – the first university in Romania, together with the University of Bucharest, holding the 601-800 position at international level;
(7) Computer Science – the first university in Romania, together with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, ranking in the range 601-800 at international level;
(8) Business and Economics – first position in Romania, together with the University of Bucharest, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, and the Academy of Economic Studies, holding the 601+ position internationally;
(9) Social sciences – ranked on the second position in the country, together with other universities, and on the 601+ position internationally.
The latest THE ranking by subject does not include any Romanian university in the field of Law, while the Clinical, pre-clinical, and health field includes three medical universities in Romania, ranked on the 601+ position internationally.
“I am happy to see that out of 11 academic fields, UBB was included in the international rankings in nine subject areas, of which in eight it holds the first position in the country, while in five of them it is the only university holding the first position in the country, without sharing that position with another university. UBB thus continues to be the most complex university in the country, with the best visibility and the greatest impact in the THE rankings by subject. Our holding the first position in the country in the field of engineering and technology and ranking 401-500 internationally is a proof that UBB’s commitment in this direction, launched programmatically in 2016, is beginning to have international recognition. Although we are not a medical institution, I hope that in the future UBB will be included in the Clinical, pre-clinical and health field, through the new academic School of Health established this year. I also hope that the Cluj school of Law will be the first law degree programme in Romania to be included in this important ranking in the future. Beyond the prestige and informative role for (future) students, rankings are important because they help us to make an objective diagnosis and then, based on that, draw up evidence-based academic policies for the benefit of the academic community and the competitiveness of our city, of Transylvania and of the entire country,” said the UBB rector, professor Daniel David, PhD.
The British Times Higher Education World University Rankings is one of the largest, most prestigious and diverse university rankings, measuring complex criteria related to teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.