University of Gdańsk maintains its position among universities and in general ranking!

Only the 'cast-iron' three classical universities overtook the University of Gdańsk in the latest Perspektywy ranking. We maintained a very good 4th university position and 16th in the overall ranking. In the Innovation criterion, we ranked a high 5th among all academic universities in Poland. - Maintaining such a high last year's position in the Perspektywa ranking can only be viewed as a success - says Rector prof. Piotr Stepnowski.


In the ‘Perspektywy’ Foundation's Ranking of Higher Education Institutions published on June 26, 2024, the University of Gdańsk was again ranked 16th among all academic universities in Poland and, for another year, 4th among classical universities. In this group, UG is second only to Warsaw University (1st place in the overall ranking), Jagiellonian University (2nd place) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (6th place in the overall ranking). The top 20 universities in the Academic Ranking included 7 technical universities, 6 medical universities, 5 classical universities and 2 economic universities.

‘Maintaining such a high position last year in the Perspektywy ranking can only be viewed as a success. The universities that overtook us have much longer traditions and different budgeting. Our scientists put a lot of effort into development, obtaining grants and are successful,’ says UG Rector prof. dr hab. Piotr Stepnowski. ‘We have improved and continue to improve, also thanks to the SEA-EU alliance of coastal universities - the development of internationalisation, which also translates into real, jointly conducted research by nine universities, fields of study, and academic exchange. There is still a lot of work to be done, especially as we are still waiting for the changes in evaluation announced by the Ministry, changes in Law 2.0, which will certainly affect many aspects of our work, research and studying. However, I think that we, as the University of Gdańsk academic community, can calmly look to the future with optimism.

The University of Gdańsk performed best in the Innovation criterion, taking 5th place among all academic schools.

The Biotechnology course implemented at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG and MUG took the highest position among all the courses run at our university, ranking third in Poland, second only to Jagiellonian University and the University of Warsaw. Other faculties highly ranked in the ranking include Cultural Studies and Environmental Protection (4th place in Poland), Biology, History, Psychology and Security Studies (5th place), Philosophy, Spatial Management and Geography (6th place).



The Perspektywy 2024 Ranking of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) is in fact four rankings reflecting the different missions performed by Polish HEIs. These are:

  • Ranking of Academic Universities - which includes all higher education institutions in the country (except artistic universities) that have the authority to confer at least a doctoral degree;
  • Ranking of Non-Public Higher Education Institutions - which includes higher education institutions educating at least Master's level;
  • Ranking of Public Academies of Applied Sciences and Public Vocational Universities;
  • Ranking of fields of study - including 74 main fields of study and groups of fields of study at academic universities.


This year's edition of the Perspektywy Ranking of Higher Education Institutions is based on the same methodology as last year, maintaining the same set of seven criteria, with minor modifications to the assessment components and adjustments to their weights, compared to last year. The main criteria and their weights in the final assessment are: scientific effectiveness (30 per cent weighting in the final assessment; a new indicator 'Funds obtained from EU framework programmes for research and innovation' was introduced), internationalisation (15 per cent weighting in the final assessment), scientific potential (13 per cent; a new indicator 'Doctoral training in doctoral schools'), prestige, graduates on the labour market (both with a weighting of 12 per cent), educational conditions (10 per cent), and innovation (8 per cent).

The Perspektywy Educational Foundation obtains data for the ranking partly from universities, but mainly from the POL-on and Scopus - SciVal databases. The Ranking uses data from the Economic Fate of Graduates survey and the results of a survey of university academics (a group of 'belvedere' professors and post-doctoral fellows who received degrees and academic titles in 2019-2023).

Only those HEIs with at least two years of graduates are considered in the Ranking. For academic universities, the university must have a minimum of 200 full-time students. In the case of non-public HEIs, the total number of full-time and part-time students must not be less than 200, with an obligatory condition for entry being that the HEI must provide full-time studies. As in previous years, the Ranking will not include non-public HEIs authorised only to provide first-cycle programmes.


The full methodology of the ranking, including detailed indicators under each criterion, is available at the link:


The Perspektywy 2024 ranking results:


Katarzyna Gregorowicz-Bielawska/Centre for Analysis and Expertise; MNG/Press Team UG