QS World University Rankings 2020: UP achieved its best score so far

Reproduction: Žurnál UP
Friday 21 June 2019, 13:00 – Text: Martina Šaradínová

Palacký University Olomouc has been included in the international QS World University Ranking for the fourth time. In the 16th year of the rankings, UP placed between the 601st and 650th position, achieving its best result so far. The Czech Republic is represented in the rankings by nine universities; seven of them are in the top 800. The best Czech school is Charles University in Prague (291st place). The rankings include 1000 universities from 82 countries. 

Palacký University appeared for the first time in the prestigious rankings in the 2017 edition within the 651st to 700th positions. It occupied the same place last year, however its position has improved.

“I am very pleased for having stepped up again in such prestigious rankings. The results have once again confirmed that Palacký University is still among the five most successful universities in the country and that the gradual adjustment of the system of assessment at our university, which allows to analyse in detail the individual performance indicators of our activity, has brought visible results. At the same this score has been proof of the tireless and diligent work of our academic and non-academic workers, to whom we owe our thanks,” said Rector Jaroslav Miller.

QS World University Rankings evaluate universities according to six metrics. The assessed areas include the global reputation among academics and employers, the number of published academic citations per faculty member, the student-to-faculty ratio, the international faculty ratio, and the international student ratio. In the criterion of Proportion of International Faculty, Olomouc’s university is number one in Czechia. In comparison to the previous year, it has also improved in the indicators of Faculty/Student Ratio (78 positions) and International Students Ratio.

“During the last year, in order to further develop the system of quality assessment, we have introduced systemic international and national benchmarking, which helps us find out in which factors influencing our performance and quality in all activities our university still has reserves in comparison with the international ones, and which areas require systemic work to enable us to enhance our performance. That has been shown for example in the improved parameters of regional collaboration, collaboration with international and national partners, and in a proposal for improving performance indicators in the educational and creative activities of academic employees. We expect that the results of these analyses will become evident in the coming years, and Palacký University Olomouc will thus maintain its positions in international rankings,” said Hana Marešová, Vice-Rector for Strategic Planning and Quality Control.

The Czech Republic as a whole has also improved its score compared to the previous year. While last year’s rankings included five Czech universities, their number has almost doubled this year. In this year's national comparison, Palacký University is ranked fifth behind Charles University, the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Technical University in Prague, and Masaryk University in Brno. The Brno University of Technology and the Technical University of Liberec were also included in the TOP 800.


QS World University Rankings 2019QS World University Rankings 2020
Charles University in Prague313291
University of Chemistry and Technology Prague-355
Czech Technical University in Prague531–540498
Masaryk University571–580551–600
Palacký University Olomouc651–700601–650
Brno University of Technology651–700651–700
Technical University of Liberec-751–800
Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague-801–1000
University of Ostrava801–1000

The global academic arena has been dominated, for the eighth time in row, by MIT, followed by Stanford University and Harvard University. The complete rankings results are available here. The international QS World University Rankings® are considered the most prestigious international university rankings along with the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Shanghai Rankings.