Physics in Mainz maintains leading position in global comparison

Academic Ranking of World Universities places Mainz University’s Physics institutes among the top 75 in the world and among the six best in Germany


The Physics institutes at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) remain among of the 75 best in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). And, as in the previous year, the JGU Physics institutes rank among the six best institutes of physics in Germany. The top three physics departments are those at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of California, Berkley, in the United States of America. Among German universities, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz ranks at places 9 to 14, in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics category it is even one of the top eight.

Jiao Tong University Shanghai started to publish the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2003; the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy assumed publication of the ARWU from 2009. As the first global ranking system, it has attracted considerable worldwide attention. The ranking compares the excellence in research of more than 1,000 leading universities around the world. Main criteria used to evaluate research performance are publication citation rates and numbers of Nobel Prize and Fields Medal holders. Originally conceived as a ranking for entire universities, rankings for five broad subject fields such as the Natural Sciences were introduced in 2007, while in 2009, rankings for five individual subjects were introduced, i.e., Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Economics/Business.

"This outstanding result once again confirms the excellent quality of the research being undertaken by our physicists in Mainz, who are also achieving top positions in other rankings," says Professor Dr. Georg Krausch, President of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. In addition, physicists at Mainz University have also performed spectacularly well in the recent Excellence Initiative by the German federal and state governments to promote top-level research at German universities: The Precision Physics, Fundamental Interactions and Structure of Matter (PRISMA) Cluster of Excellence, where mainly particle and hadron physicists work together, now counts among the elite international research institutions. Among the main objectives of the Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ) Graduate School of Excellence, at which JGU physicists play a major role, are the theoretical and practical training of doctoral students in the field of materials research. The school provides conditions that are ideal for cutting-edge research and combines this with the provision of an excellent education of students and the promotion of young researchers.