Geosciences and Physics at Mainz University score highly in the Best Global Universities rankings

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz is among the best 100 universities in the world in the disciplines of Geosciences and Physics / Rank second and sixth in national comparison


Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) is well-placed in terms of Geosciences and Physics in the recently designed Best Global Universities rankings of the U.S. News & World Report journal. In Geosciences, Mainz University ranks in 59th place globally, which corresponds to ranking in second place among the German universities included. And in Physics, JGU is 70th among the best 100 universities in the world and sixth in national comparison.

The Best Global Universities rankings confirm the placements achieved in other university ranking systems. Geosciences and Physics at Mainz University were listed this year among the top 100 (Geosciences ranked 75th, Physics ranked 93rd) in the National Taiwan University Ranking (NTU Ranking). JGU is also among the best 100 (rank 88) in the category of Earth Sciences in the current University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) of the Turkish Middle East Technical University Ankara, while in the Leiden Ranking of the Center for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, it is ranked 103rd in the Earth and Environmental Sciences category. Physics at Mainz University is also awarded a high score in the current Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – the so-called Shanghai Ranking of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China – as well as in the QS World University Rankings (rank group 101-150) and the University Ranking of Academic Performance (rank 102).

"These results confirm the effectiveness of our profile building strategy in science and research as well as the international reputation that has been achieved by our academics," stated Professor Georg Krausch, the President of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. "Our success in the Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments and also the development of core research fields at Mainz University that has been promoted through the Rhineland-Palatinate Research Initiative have contributed significantly to this."

The U.S. News & World Report publishes rankings for various areas, including education, health, and law. In the category of education, it also ranks US colleges, high schools, and graduate schools. There has long been a tradition of ranking the best national universities in the USA. The ranking lists of the 500 Best Global Universities are generated using bibliometric analyses of the Web of Science, the results of the Thomson Reuters Academic Reputation Survey and publicly accessible data provided by the institutions of higher education.