Skip to Content

### Enhancing Slovak Universities’ Ranking: Unveiling the Factors Behind Their Absence in Top Rankings

23. Jan 2024 at 6:20 I

Slovakian Higher Education Institutions in Global University Rankings

Slovakian universities occasionally make appearances within the top 1000 in global rankings, yet they have yet to break into the top 500. The stringent criteria required to secure a position among the leading institutions pose a significant challenge for smaller universities in Slovakia.

Despite this, it is worth noting that universities of comparable size in neighboring countries have managed to attain higher placements than their Slovakian counterparts. Among the universities in Slovakia, Comenius University has consistently performed relatively well in global rankings.

Dominance of American and British Universities

Various prestigious university rankings exist worldwide. Notable mentions by the Education Ministry include the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU or Shanghai Ranking), the Times Higher Education (Times) World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, and the SCImago Institution Ranking.

Traditionally, the top positions in these rankings are predominantly occupied by universities from the United States and the United Kingdom, such as Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Stanford University, and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

The Education Policy Institute regularly assesses the average ranking of the top Slovakian university in the ARWU, OS, and Times rankings. In 2022, it secured the 784th position. Over the years, between 2015 and 2021, it consistently ranged between the 651st and 835th spots.

Renata Hall, a university education expert, emphasized the importance of understanding the specific criteria used in each ranking system. She highlighted that the ranking position reflects the quality as defined within the particular ranking methodology. For instance, rankings like QS and Times place significant weight on the institution’s reputation and visibility.

Evaluation Parameters