Shanghai, Leiden, Reuters: UM tops international rankings

The University of Montpellier is one of the world's leading universities. Proof of the positive momentum generated by the deployment of its I-SITE (France 2030) excellence program.

Shanghai ranking: um in the top 200, 2nd worldwide for ecology

Shanghai 2023 global ranking

The Shanghai ranking list is published annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University (China). It is one of the benchmarks in the academic world. The 2023 edition of the Shanghai ranking once again demonstrates UM's very positive overall dynamic, confirming its position for the fifth year running as one of the 151-200 best universities in the world. Constantly improving since 2016, when the UM was in the top 400, these good results demonstrate that the University of Montpellier, thanks in particular to its I-SITE Excellence program, is a major player in Higher Education, Research and Innovation in France.

Shanghai 2023 thematic ranking

This international thematic ranking analyzes and ranks the world's top universities according to their academic subjects. Over 50 subject areas (natural sciences, engineering, life sciences, medicine and social sciences, etc.) are listed and analyzed. Based on performance criteria such as university publications, their impact, the international dimension and quality of their research work, as well as international prizes and awards, this ranking places the University of Montpellier, for the 7th year running, among the world's top universities, with eight top 100 entries this year, including second place worldwide in ecology.

In the field of "agricultural sciences", the UM ranks 19th worldwide and 1st nationally. It also ranks 46th worldwide for "water resources", making it the leading French university in this field. It also ranks among the world's top 75 universities in "remote sensing", "statistics", "food science and technology" and "biotechnology" (3rd in France), behind Paris-Saclay Université and Université Paris Cité. It also occupies an important place in the world's top 100 in "veterinary sciences".


The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings aim to measure the commitment and performance of higher education institutions in terms of sustainable development. The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings are innovative in that they don't simply rank institutions on the basis of their research or teaching performance, but also take a much more societal approach. It is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 by the United Nations.

The University of Montpellier confirms its progress in The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings. In its 6th edition, it maintains its number-one position among French institutions and is ranked among the world's top 101-200 institutions for its long-standing commitment to sustainable development. This year, it features in the world's top 50 for 2 objectives, in line with the establishment's major themes: food, care and protection. UM stands out on the "health and well-being" MDG, occupying 30th place worldwide and 1st place in France. UM has also made great strides on the "aquatic life" ODD, with a 30th place worldwide and a new 1st place in France, demonstrating once again UM's excellence in the field of ecology.

The University of Montpellier ranks 67th worldwide in the "Reducing Inequalities" SDG and 77th in the "Work and Economic Growth" SDG, putting it at the top of the list of French establishments. All these results testify to the UM's total commitment to social responsibility.

Leiden ranking: center for world university ranking

Created in 2011, the ranking produced by Leiden University's Centre for science and technology studies (CWTS) measures the scientific reputation of institutions and their research collaboration. The 2023 ranking lists over 1,500 institutions and covers 5 disciplinary fields: medicine, physics, life and earth sciences, mathematics, humanities and social sciences. The Leiden ranking is based on scientific publications, in particular articles published in scientific journals, which enable it to select sophisticated bibliometric indicators to generate results and analyze the ranking of universities according to one or more selected indicators. 

  1. Quality of education, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have won international prizes, awards and medals relative to the size of the university (25%)
  2. Alumni employability, measured by the number of a university's alumni who have held CEO positions in the world's largest companies relative to the size of the university (25%)
  3. Academic quality of the university, measured by the number of academics who have won international prizes, awards and medals (10%)
  4. Research results, measured by the total number of research articles (10%)
  5. Quality publications, measured by the number of research articles published in top-ranked journals (10%)
  6. Influence, measured by the number of research articles published in highly influential journals (10%)
  7. Citations, measured by the number of research documents cited (10%)

The University of Montpellier continues to progress both nationally and internationally according to the rankings, and is approaching the world's Top 50 in earth sciences and life sciences. To approach the group of the world's top 50 universities in this key field for the future can be considered a real achievement for our scientific community.

QS world university rankings

The QS World University Rankings, created in 2004, is one of the world's most renowned rankings for higher education and research. It places great emphasis on reputation surveys, which account for 50% of the evaluation. Eight hundred of the most internationally renowned universities are ranked according to 6 criteria, weighted in different ways. The University of Montpellier is ranked 4th in France for the "Life sciences and medicine" theme, and the only university in the top 100 for the "Environmental sciences" discipline.

Overall ranking: the University of Montpellier is ranked 511th worldwide.

Rankings by subject: UM's results in the QS World University Rankings by subject 2019 confirm its growing strength in two key areas of the MUSE I-SITE project:

  • Life sciences and medicine: the UM is the 4th-ranked French institution in the overall "life sciences and medicine" ranking. At 162nd position, it has moved up 9 places compared with 2018 and is positioned ahead of the universities of Paris-Diderot, Aix-Marseille, Paris Sciences et Lettres (PSL) and Lyon 1.
  • Earth sciences: UM is one of only 9 French institutions represented in the top 200 "earth sciences" ranking (195th place). In the "environmental sciences" discipline, it is the only French institution represented in the top 100, and in the "earth and marine sciences" discipline, it is among the top 100 in the world.
  • alongside Sorbonne University and Grenoble-Alpes.

National taiwan university (ntu) ranking

The "Performance ranking of scientific papers for world universities", also known as NTU, is published annually by the National Taiwan University (NTU). They compare the scientific performance of the world's universities, based on academic publications, from three angles: research productivity, research impact and research excellence. This year, NTU offers a global performance ranking (top 1000), as well as 6 domain-specific rankings and 27 subject-specific rankings (top 100 and top 500).

The University of Montpellier therefore ranks among the top 4 in France, and among the top 127 worldwide in the NTU world university ranking. It also performed remarkably well in the thematic rankings by discipline and research theme.

Reuters: 2nd French university

It ranks the world's 100 most innovative universities: those that do the most to advance science, invent new technologies and help drive the global economy forward. Unlike other rankings, which are often based wholly or partly on subjective surveys, Reuters relies exclusively on empirical data such as patent filings and research publication citations.

In 2019, the University of Montpellier will rank 2nd in France and 17th in Europe.