University of Gdańsk listed in prestigious QS World University Ranking 2023

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The University of Gdańsk in this year's edition of the QS World University Rankings maintained its last year's position in the range of 801-1000 among the best-ranked universities from around the world.

2462 universities from all over the world applied for a place in this year's ranking, of which 1422 were included in the ranking.

In the ranking published on 8th June 2022, 22 Polish universities were classified (three more than last year), of which only three managed to qualify above the 801-1000 range (these are the University of Warsaw, ranked 284, the Jagiellonian University 293 and the Warsaw University of Technology, ranked 521-530). The Poznań University of Life Sciences, debuting in QS WUR, was admittedly also ranked high in the 521-530 range, but in this case, an error probably crept in regarding the data in the Staff-Student Ratio indicator (20 percent weight in the ranking assessment) - this case is being clarified.

11 Polish universities were equivalently ranked in the range 801-1000: AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Technical University of Gdańsk, Cracow University of Technology, Technical University of Łódź, Poznań University of Technology, Wrocław University of Technology, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, University of Łódź, Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń, University of Gdańsk and University of Wrocław. The universities ranked in the range 1001-1200 are: Technical University of Silesia, Lublin University of Technology, University of Białystok, debuting University of Warmia and Mazury and the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. The ranking is completed by universities in the 1201-1400 range: the University of Silesia in Katowice and the University of Rzeszów, listed for the first time in the ranking.

The QS ranking is based on six main assessment criteria, of which 50% of the weight is given by the reputation of experts and employers from around the world. The remaining evaluation criteria and their weights are faculty-student ratio (20%), number of citations (20%) and degree of internationalisation measured by the number of academics and foreign students (5% each).

The best-ranked indicator for UG was the participation in international research networks - in this indicator the university was ranked fourth in Poland (after UAM, UJ and UW) and 439th in the world. The progress made by UG is reflected in the fact that in the latest edition of the QS ranking UG was placed in the group of 56 percent of the best universities, while a year ago it was 62 percent, two years ago 68 percent, and three years ago 75 percent.

We continue to encourage academics from the University of Gdañsk to take part in reputation research conducted by QS, as it has a strong impact on the results of Polish universities in this ranking, one of the most recognisable ratings of higher education institutions in the world. 

The first place in the QS WUR 2023 was taken (as last year) by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, while the podium also included the University of Cambridge, which replaced Oxford University in second place, and Stanford University (third place also a year ago).

The full QS World University Rankings 2023 can be found at:

For the first time in the current edition, QS tried to assess the impact of the university's activity on the environment, awarding "gold", "silver" and "bronze" categories or the title of candidate - in this category 9 national universities, including the University of Gdańsk, were awarded "bronze" status (UW, UJ, AGH, UAM, PG, UG, UŁ, PŚ and SGGW). This is a pilot QS approach to assessing the activity of universities in the context of their inclusion in the achievement of the SDGs. For several years such a classification, based on a precise methodology, has been carried out by the Times Higher Education ranking organisation, publishing the Impact ranking, in which we are very successful.

Katarzyna Gregorowicz-Bielawska, Proxy of the Rector for the rankings