ETH academic subjects are best in the world

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH) has been ranked first in the world for its Water Resources chair in the Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects. Overall, eight of its subject areas are in the top ten of their category. Other Swiss universities also made the league table.

The ETH has been placed number one in the global league table.
The ETH has been placed number one in the global league table. Image Credit: ETH Zürich / Alessandro Della Bella

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy has published its “Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2021”. This compares 54 academic subjects at more than 4,000 universities worldwide.

The ETH has been placed number one in the global league table. Nowhere else in the world is the quality of the Water Resources academic subject as high as at ETH Zurich. The university also ranked highly for its Civil Engineering academic area, which came second worldwide. Third place, meanwhile, was achieved by the ETH subjects of Automation & Control as well as Environmental Science & Engineering.

Four other academic subjects at ETH were ranked in the league table: Computer Science & Engineering was fifth, Earth Sciences was eighth, Mathematics ninth and Chemistry tenth.

The top ten of this year’s league table contains three other Swiss universities. The Energy Science & Engineering area at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) was ranked fifth. Human Biological Sciences at the University of Zurich was placed ninth in its subject area ranking, while the University of Bern was tenth worldwide for its Veterinary Sciences faculty. 

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