QS in June, Shanghai in August, Time Higher Education in September. The annual publication of these three international university rankings is especially monitored by higher education institutions around the world. As these rankings are highly anticipated, their designers have multiplied their variations, in various criteria, such as professional integration, student quality of life, and so on. Tools often criticized, especially for their influence on the management of universities, but at the same time useful for students looking for a program abroad, in a very specific field.
51 classifications by disciplines
Last ranking published so far, the 12th edition of the QS ranking by academic discipline. To achieve this, QS analysts Quacquarelli Symonds compared the performance of 15,200 university programs in 51 different disciplines from more than 1,500 universities in 88 countries. In this game, on a European scale, France places 7 of its programs in the Top 10 by discipline, which makes it, according to QS, the “9th best university system in the world”. In the ranking of the most cited French establishments in the various rankings by discipline, the Sorbonne University ranks first, ahead of Paris Sciences et Lettres, and Panthéon Sorbonne.
6 French establishments in the top 10
In detail, still according to QS, it is in the fields of arts, humanities and social sciences where the French establishments stand out especially among the top 10 by discipline:
Below the rankings, QS notes that four of the top 100 financial accounting programs are French, as well as two of the top 50 archeology departments. Also note the very good places in mathematics at PSL (12th), Polytechnique (14th) and the Sorbonne University (18th), as well as 18th place at the Panthéon-Sorbonne in law. Not to mention the remarkable progress of the National Conservatory of Music and Dance in Lyon, which jumped to 19th place in 2022 while in 2021 it was between 51 and 100. In total, 10 French establishment programs are placed among the top 20 by discipline, and 66 in the Top 50.
Universities VS colleges
Finally, QS compiles a ranking of the 50 best French programs, all disciplines combined, which significantly distinguishes the merit of French universities that, with fewer financial resources and less classification of their students, maintain or surpass the best endowed and most selective private institutions. . the Grandes Ecoles system is a French specificity, which is not found in other countries with higher education and research at the same level.
The 10 best French establishments in the Top 10 by discipline:
1 / Insead (business and management studies)
2 / Sciences po Paris (politics and international studies)
3 / Paris National Conservatory of Music and Dance (performing arts)
4 / Sorbonne University (classical history and ancient history)
5 / Vatel School (hospitality and leisure)
6 / HEC Paris (business and management studies)
7 / Panthéon Sorbonne (classical history and ancient history)
8 / PSL (math)
9 / Polytechnic Institute of Paris (mathematics)
10 / Sorbonne University (mathematics)