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Paris-Saclay University earned the 14th spot among the top 1000 universities in the 2020 edition of the Shanghai Ranking, becoming thus the first French higher learning institute to break into the top-15 regardless of specialties. Of the 35 Paris-Saclay University researchers who were the most cited in their fields, 13 are affiliated with CEA centers and four of those with CEA-Jacob: Jean-Marc Aury, Karine Labadie, Julie Poulain and Patrick Wincker.
The Academic Ranking of World Universities, more commonly known as the Shanghai Ranking, was created in 2003 to identify the most influential universities among the 17,000 indexed in its system. Based mostly on research performance, the Shanghai Ranking comprises six criteria: number of alumni who are Nobel laureates & Fields Medalists; number of staff who are Nobel laureates or Fields medalists; number of researchers highly cited in their fields; number of publications in Nature and Science; number of articles indexed in Science Citation and Social Science Citation Indices; and academic performance as a function of the size of the institution.
In 2019, the Paris-Saclay University¹ counted two Nobel laureates and ten Fields medalists in its ranks, as well as 35 most-cited researchers in their disciplines. Thirteen of these latter are affiliated with the CEA's Fundamental Research Division and four with the François Jacob Institute of Biology's national sequencing center Genoscope.
1The experimental Paris-Saclay University was founded by decree in late 2019 for a period of ten years. It unites the former Paris-Sud University with four Grandes Écoles (institute for life sciences and industries AgroParisTech, CentraleSupélec, École normale supérieure Paris-Saclay, Institut d'Optique Graduate School) and seven research organisms (CEA, CNRS, Inrae, Inria, Inserm, Onera, IHES). The Universities of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Évry participate in its governance as associate member universities with an objective of fusion in or around 2025. In all, Paris-Saclay University counts 48,000 students, 9,000 researchers and teaching researchers, 8,500 technical and administrative personnel, 275 laboratories and 7 research organisms representing 13% of France's research potential.
2020 Shangai ranking
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.