Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) is the best French university, and the only one of the top 50 of the Times Higher Education (THE), the world ranking of universities, published by The Times. Two French institutions integrate the top 200.
In his first appearance in the rankings, the University of Paris between directly to the 130 th position. The university, born in 2019, brings together the faculties Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot, ranked last year in 194 th place. A merger that benefits both institutions. The new entity “should continue to progress in THE ranking in the coming years. The methodology * used, based on the reputation of institutions, suggests a room for improvement in terms of attractiveness potential of the University of Paris’ ‘, according to Christine Clerici, its president.
Other new French came: Telecom Paris, former Telecom ParisTech, which sits at the 188 th place. La best French university, according to The Times, left Paris Sciences and Letters (PSL), positioned at the … 45 th Place tie (-4 places in one year), before Sorbonne University in 80 th place tie, down seven places.
Conversely, École Polytechnique jumped 15 places and includes the top 100, the 93 th position. As for the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Lyon, it fails to join the top 200, but remains the best non-Parisian university. The attractiveness of French universities is increasing, but analysts still deplore the lack of visibility internationally.
On the international front, Times Higher Education editor Ellie Bothwell insists on the “lack of homogeneity in the scores obtained” by French institutions. In general, “France has for years been underrepresented in the elite of higher education,” she said. The specialist points out, however, the positive effects generated by the recent reforms of higher education, especially the rapprochement of institutions to give them more weight on the international scene.
Like the new entity University of Paris, the government wants to promote mergers between universities. “A dozen new establishments should thus see the light of day in 2020 and eventually be in a better position in the rankings,” said Frederique Vidal on August 15, in reaction to the sixth-place French ranking in Shanghai. A ranking as scrutinized on the international scene as the Times, and in which 21 French establishments appear in the top 500, two more than in 2018.
Oxford always first
France must spare no effort to try to dethrone the great Anglo-Saxon universities. Oxford University remains in pole position for the fourth consecutive time, according to the ranking of the British daily. Cambridge falls in third place, behind the California Institute of Technology, fifth last year. England maintains a strong presence, with 100 universities ranking. But the United States continues to dominate the overall standings, with 172 establishments in total, including 60 in the top 200. California, in particular, continues to attract talent, with nothing less than ten institutions included among the top 200 universities.
Faced with the Anglo-Saxon hegemony, Asian countries, China and Japan in the lead, say again in this 16 th edition. China has seven institutions in the top 200, including Tsinghua University, ranked 23rd. But Asian universities are also facing many challenges. “If they know how to produce excellent academics, they have trouble retaining these talents that, once formed, often join prestigious European and North American institutions,” said Phil Baty, editorial director in charge of the THE ranking. See you next year to see if the competition is still tough.