Paris-Saclay University
17 August 2020

France in 3rd place worldwide in ShanghaiRanking 2020

This year, ShanghaiRanking includes 30 French institutions, 5 of which are in the Top 100 (+2 compared with 2019), 3 in the Top 50 (+1 compared with 2019) and 1 in the Top 20 (+1 compared with 2019). As a result, France is now in third place worldwide in the ranking's Top 20 and the outstanding quality of its higher education and research has been fully recognised.

Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, is delighted to see this new ranking, which is partly due to the fact that, for the first time, account has been taken of the new models of universities created between 2019 and 2020, and whose success it acknowledges.
Portrait of Frédérique Vidal
"I should like to congratulate the institutions and all their teams that have been singled out."
Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation

In particular, the Minister congratulatesParis-Saclay University Logo Paris-Saclay University which is the top French and 3rd European university in the ranking, and the 14th best university worldwide, after obtaining top place worldwide in mathematics in last June's subject-based ranking.

The Minister also congratulates Paris Sciences et Lettres University (36th place), Sorbonne University (39th place), the University of Paris (65th place) and Grenoble Alpes University (99th place), and, more generally, all the French universities ranked.

The Minister was also interested to note the first appearance of the EHESS, Gustave Eiffel University, Paris 12 University, the University of Tours and Côte d'Azur University in the ranking.

These universities were also acknowledged on the occasion of the Shanghai subject-based ranking in June 2020.

As a reminder, 86 French institutions were included in it, 37 of which were among the top 100 worldwide for at least one subject, with France ranked first in mathematics, second in ecology and third in oceanography, among other distinctions.

By decompartmentalising universities, grandes écoles and research organisations, and enabling them to implement their strategies in forms of organisation they have chosen themselves, the Ordinance of 12 December 2018 has enabled French institutions to make the utmost of their scientific potential and see themselves recognised as among the world's finest.

"The Future Research Programming Act, with investment of €25 billion over the next 10 years, will contribute yet more to France's distinction, further strengthening France's standing among the great scientific nations", Frédérique Vidal stated.