SEMARANG — Diponegoro University (UNDIP) was able to maintain its presence in an honorable position in the ranking of world universities conducted by THE World University Ranking (WUR) in 2022. Of all universities in Indonesia that were included in the monitoring of THE WUR 2022, Undip was ranked 7th nationally.

Meanwhile, globally, Undip is in the 1,200+ group with several well-known universities in Indonesia such as Gajah Mada University, Brawijaya University, Bogor Agricultural University (now using the name IPB University), Padjadjaran University, and Airlangga University. Global ranking by Times Higher Education World University Ranking (THE WUR) 2022 involves 1,600 universities in across of 99 countries and regions.

On various occasions, the Rector of Undip, Prof. Dr. Yos Johan Utama, S.H., M.Hum., always appreciates the results of the rankings carried out by international and national institutions, including the ranking results made by THE WUR. “We accept it gratefully because it is the result of efforts that are not easy. However, we need to emphasize that the entire Undip academic community will not stop trying to improve performance, and the ranking results are one of the inputs that we record for our evaluation materials, “said Prof. Yos Johan, on Friday (3/9/2021).

With this achievement, Undip was recorded as being able to maintain an honorable position in the ranks of the 10 best universities in Indonesia in two consecutive years of ranking. In THE WUR 2021 which was published last September, the university based in Semarang City was also in the ranks of the 10 Best Universities in Indonesia.

To make the rankings, THE WUR used the same five indicators as those used in 2021, the main indicators are teaching, research, citations, industry income, and international outlook. The list of ranking also used the ratio of lecturers and students, the number of foreign students (international students), the ratio of male and female students, and FTE (full-time equivalency).

Based on the ranking results this time, the 1st place is occupied by University of Indonesia, with Overall results: 27.2-31.9; 2nd place is Bandung Institute of Technology, with Overall results: 22.4-27.1; 3rd position is The Education University, with Overall results: 22.4-27.1; 4th position is Airlangga University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3.

Then in the 5th position was occupied by Bina Nusantara University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3; 6th place is Brawijaya University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3; 7th place is Diponegoro University, with Overall results: 10.6–22.3; 8th position is Gadjah Mada University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3; 9th place is Hasanuddin University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3; and 10th place is Bogor Agricultural University, with Overall results: 10.6-22.3.

For the record, this year’s results show that universities that publish research in the field of Health related to Covid-19 have a significant increase in citations, although it is not clear whether this increase in citation aspects will change the existing higher education hierarchy. THE data team’s analysis identified 19 higher education institutions that showed a high increase in citation scores from 2021-2022, 11 of which were from China, one from Taiwan and the others from Hong Kong.

The institutions with the biggest increase in citations are Capital Medical University, Wenzhou Medical University and Wuhan University, all of them are located in China and showed an increase of up to 30 points. This increase in citations is part of a big trend in China and popular for elite universities.

David Watkins, Head of Data Science at THE, said research related to Covid-19 and specifically related to vaccines was very heavily funded and prioritized, some articles received more than 20,000 citations within a year of publication. Meanwhile, the results of the study by Caroline Wagner, Head of International Cooperation at Ohio State University, concluded that the majority of citations related to Covid-19 were articles written by institutions in China in collaboration with well-known universities in the United States or Britain.

At the global level, the University of Oxford in England tops the overall rankings, and has held this position for the sixth year in a row. California Institute of Technology and Harvard University are both in second position. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the UK which has approximately 20,000 students with a relatively equal composition between undergraduates and postgraduates students. The university has staffs from 100 countries and 40% of its students come from various countries in the world.

California Institute of Technology has its own uniqueness because the number of its students is relatively small compared to other universities. They have 1,000 undergraduate students and 1,250 masters and doctoral students. Caltech has six departments with a strong emphasis on teaching and research in the fields of science and technology. This institution was founded in 1891 as Throop University in 1891 and changed to Caltech in 1920. Meanwhile, Harvard University, which is also in second place, is one of the Ivy League, a group of top private universities in the United States. Harvard was founded in 1636 and it is the oldest university in the country. (PR team)

Translated by: Titis (Public Relations)