Comenius University received evaluation in four subjects in the QS WUR by Subject rankings

Bratislava, 24 March, 2023: On Wednesday, QS World University Rankings released the latest edition of its 2023 rankings by subject. Comenius University was evaluated in four subjects and ranked in the TOP 500 worldwide in all of them. Only three Slovak universities made it into the ranking.

28. 03. 2023 11.33 hod.
By: CU External Relations Office

Comenius University achieved the best ranking in the area of petroleum engineering research, in the 151st-160th place band. In the area of agriculture and forestry research, it ranked 351st-400th. In medicine it ranked 451st-500th and ended up in the same band in physics and astronomy. Comenius University was ranked in the 651st-700th place band in the main QS WUR ranking, and the next ranking will be published in June.

The evaluation covered over 15,700 academic programmes identified by QS at 1,594 institutions. They are grouped into 54 subject areas, including three new ones: data science, history of art and marketing. These areas do not always align with study programmes offered by the universities.

This explains why CU ranks so well in areas like petroleum engineering or agriculture and forestry, which are not taught at our university. Researchers at several CU faculties contribute to these areas with their scientific research. If their papers are highly cited and are part of international research, they improve the overall rating.

The QS WUR by Subject ranking evaluates universities according to five indicators with different weights: academic reputation, employer reputation, research citations per paper according to Elsevier Scopus, H-index of researchers, international research network.

Besides Comenius University, the rankings also include the Slovak University of Agriculture, ranked in one subject: agriculture and forestry, placing in the 151st-200th band. The third school from Slovakia is the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra which was evaluated in philosophy, achieving the 201st-210th position band.

Before now, no Slovak university managed to rank in any of the five main areas. Since 2015, however, Comenius University has been evaluated in at least one subject. In the V4 group of countries, Slovakia lags in the number of placements despite comparable performance.


Comenius University is the only Slovak university which regularly appears in all prominent rankings. Last year, it reached the 651st-700th place band in the overall ranking of the QS World University Rankings. In the Round University Ranking, it ranked 426th overall and 178th in the education category. In ARWU ranking (Shanghai ranking) it placed in the 701st-800th place band. It is currently 630th in the CWUR ranking. The prestigious Best Global Universities ranking ranks it 639th overall, and 266th in physics. The SCImago ranking lists it in 573rd place. In the NTU Ranking (National Taiwan University Rankings) it is ranked 701st-750th, while in the subject of physics it is ranked 301st-350th worldwide. It ranks 284th in The Three University Missions MosIUR, and THE Impact Rankings puts it in the 601st-800th place band. THE WUR ranking puts Comenius University in the 1001st - 1200th place band overall. World University Ranking RankPro ranks it in the 260th place.