There is a “Sofia University” in Palo Alto, California, a private institution known for its psychology study path. But this is about the real thing: the University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski. In the latest “QS Top Universities Ranking” it jumped upwards, from the last group of a total of 863 universities, to the second-last group, places 651 to 700. Not bad.
In another interesting group, the “Top Universities in Emerging Europe and Central Asia” it crashed, but only by two places, from 44 to 46.
In these rankings, lots of aspects are being taken into consideration. Of course, the academic reputation is important, but also the faculty/student ratio, the papers per faculty, the “staff with a PhD” aspect, which is being assessed by calculating the proportion of faculty members, even the “web impact” is being checked, and they look into the question how international the university in question turns out to be. On this one, Sofia University is not doing too well, but, for example, on the academic reputation, it is looking very good.
While the University of Sofia St. Kliment Ohridski is at 46nd place, the American University in Blagoevgrad is part of the group which covers places 151 to 200, in the “Emerging Europe” ranking.
The best three universities in the global ranking are all American Ivy League institutions: M.I.T. (what a surprise), Stanford, Harvard. The first European one is … which one? Cambridge, right, on 4th place.
(Photo: Clive Leviev-Sawyer)