Global position of University of Belgrade on the world university ranking lists and its positions in the subject “Mathematics”

In the last several years, University of Belgrade (UB) is highly positioned on several ranking lists that compare universities all around the word based on different ranking criteria. Besides global university academic performance ranking, most of the lists also provide ranking by subject area. University of Belgrade is highly ranked in the subject “Mathematics” on prestigious world ranking lists. Having in mind that these lists use different ranking criteria, high position of UB in several ranking lists in subject “Mathematics” indicate high quality of both education and research at the Faculty of Mathematics, which is comparable with famous and recognized world universities. Although the Faculty of Mathematics works under inadequate conditions, three main priorities of the Faculty remain the quality of studies, research, and the work with young researchers. Table 1 gives a comparative overview of global ranking of University of Belgrade on well-known lists and its positions in the subject “Mathematics” in the last several years.

Table 1. Global position of University of Belgrade on the world university ranking lists (column UB) and its positions in the subject “Mathematics” (column MATH)


Shanghai list

(ARWU list)

Taiwan list

(NTU list)

US News list URAP list
2017 201-300 201-300 159 316 78 397 324 231
2016 201-300 201-300 98 323 69 423 197 242
2015 >200 301-400 121 339 87 388 115 208
2014 151-200 301-400 85 315 - - 89 200
2013 101-150 301-400 100 339 -
2012 >200 401-500 196 >600 - -  271*  310
2011 - - 184 - - -  411*  357
*ranking in “Natural Sciences”

Short descriptions of ranking lists from Table1:

Shanghai list (Academic Ranking of World Universities -ARWU list) is created by CWCU center and Graduate School Education of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. ARWU uses six objective indicators to rank world universities, including the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of highly cited researchers selected by Thomson Reuters, number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and per capita performance of a university. More than 1200 universities are actually ranked by ARWU every year and the best 500 are published. More info available at

Taiwan list (NTU ranking list) is created by National Taiwan University NTU. It contains overall, 6 field, and 14 subject rankings of world universities based on the performance of scientific papers. This ranking system evaluates the performance of scientific papers, and the indicators are designed to compare both the quality and the quantity of scientific papers in each university by examining long-term performance and short-term research efforts. The NTU ranking list is available at

US News list is based on 12 indicators that measure academic research performance of universities and their global and regional reputations. Universities from U.S. and around 60 other countries have been ranked in US News list containing world's top 1000 universities. Students can use these rankings to explore the higher education options that exist beyond their own countries' borders and to compare key aspects of schools' research missions. It is created by U.S. News & World Report is a multi-platform publisher of news and information. More info is available at

URAP list (University Ranking by academic performance list) is created by non-profit organization URAP at Research Laboratory of Informatics Institute of Middle East Technical University. Main objective of URAP is to develop a ranking system for the world universities based on academic performances which determined by quality and quantity of scholarly publications. URAP lists is based on the following research indicators: scientific productivity, research impact and international cooperation. More info is available at