The University of Debrecen is continuously improving its position in several international higher education rankings, while maintaining its leading role among Hungarian higher education institutions.

Different rankings compile their own lists according to different criteria.

Institutions are evaluated on the basis of educational, research, academic results, quantitative indicators, or students, employers and partners are asked about their opinion.

The most important international higher education rankings are

  • QS (Quacquarelli Symonds)

    • World University Rankings

      • Six Hungarian universities were included in the latest, 2020 higher education world ranking of QS. The University of Debrecen is placed 601-650th.
    • World University Rankings by Subject
      • In 2019, the programs of the University of Debrecen were ranked among the top five hundred in one broader subject list (Life Sciences and Medicine) and in three specific subject lists (Agriculture & Forestry, Medicine and Biological Sciences) of QS
    • EECA University Rankings
      • QS ranked universities in emerging European and Central Asian countries under the name Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA). 11 universities from Hungary were included in the latest QS EECA rankings, there are 4 Hungarian universities among the top 30: Eötvös Loránd University was placed 20th, University of Szeged 26th, Budapest University of Technology and Economics 29th, and University of Debrecen 30th.
  • THE (Times Higher Education)

    • World University Rankings

      • The 2019 list includes 7 Hungarian universities among the more than 1200 ranked institutions, of which, the University of Debrecen, together with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics is categorized 801-1000th this year.
    • Emerging Economies Rankings
      • There are three Chinese universities at the top of the THE ranking and seven Chinese universities in the top ten. In 2019, the University of Debrecen is in the 201-250th category.
    • Impact Rankings
      • The societal and economic engagement and effects are examined by Times Higher Education along the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Among the 17 areas, the University of Debrecen was ranked 201-300th by the organization in the topic of good health and well-being
    • Europe Teaching Rankings
      • The University of Debrecen is ranked for the first time on the Europe Teaching Rankings 2019 list of Times Higher Education created based on educational excellence, in the 151-200th category
  • ARWU (Academic Ranking of World Universities)

    • The 2018 list is led by Harvard and Stanford University; no Hungarian university has reached the top 500. The University of Debrecen was listed at 901-1000th on the ’Top 500 Candidate’ list in 2018.
  • U-Multirank

    • According to the latest evaluation, the University of Debrecen has been ranked in the best category in terms of external research revenues, the number of publications cited in patents, the companies created by graduates and the success of foreign language undergraduate programs.
  • The ranking of Leiden University (Leiden Ranking)

    • The University of Debrecen was ranked 745th in the Leiden Ranking. This means that among the Hungarian universities, the University of Debrecen was ranked in the second most prestigious place. In terms of field of subject lists, the University of Debrecen is ranked 509th in the field of ’Biomedical and health sciences’, and 571th in the field of ’Life and earth sciences’.
  • UI GreenMetric World University Ranking

    • In 2018, the University of Indonesia assessed 719 universities, within the framework of its ’GreenMetric’ project, during which they examined how ’green’ and environmentally conscious the individual institutions were. The University of Szeged – as the best Hungarian institution – was ranked 77th, while the University of Debrecen was ranked 354th on the list.
  • Webometrics (Ranking Web of World Universities)

    • There are four Hungarian higher education institutions among the top one thousand on the Webometrics world ranking, updated in January 2019: the Eötvös Loránd University was ranked 462th, the Budapest University of Technology and Economics 515th, the University of Szeged 668th, and the University of Debrecen 752nd.
  • URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance)

    • The 2018/2019 raking is led by Harvard, while six Hungarian universities were listed among the top one thousand. The best result of the Hungarian institutions was achieved by the Eötvös Loránd University, ranked 621th. The Semmelweis University was placed 639th, the University of Szeged 667th and the University of Debrecen 708th.
  • CWUR (Center for World University Rankings)

    • The list ranking the world’s top one thousand universities takes into account seven indicators when determining the order of the universities: quality of education, alumni employment, the excellence of the faculty, number, quality and influence of publications, as well as the citation rate. The University of Debrecen was ranked 696th in the world rankings.
  • Best Global Universities

    • The Best Global Universities list compiled by US News takes into account primarily the academic recognition of higher education institutions. Globally, the University of Debrecen was ranked 634th.


  • RUR (Round University Ranking)

    • Improving the result of last year by nearly 50 places, the University of Debrecen was ranked 538th on the 2019 higher education world ranking of Round University Ranking (RUR), published in April by the Moscow-based independent organization. The world’s top 1000 universities are evaluated on the list, based on 20 factors in 4 core areas: education (40%), research (40%), international indicators (10%) and financial sustainability (10%).



Updated: 2019.08.27.

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