Palacký University one of the world’s best

Illustrational photo: Vojtěch Duda
Tuesday 16 May 2023, 15:50 – Text: Michaela Janků

Once again, Palacký University Olomouc has made its mark in the international 2023 Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). UP has been ranked there every year since 2014, when more than 100 universities were listed in the ranking for the first time. In 2014, UP was ranked 804th – and has never fallen below that position since. On the contrary, it has remained in the top 600. The same result has been achieved in this year’s edition, in which UP was ranked 591st among more than 20,000 ranked universities, thus among the best 2.9% of universities in the world and among the top 3 Czech universities. In the category of research, UP was ranked 42 positions better than last year.

Maintaining UP’s position in the top 600 is a great success, given that almost 750 more universities were ranked this year. The fact is that rankings evaluate more and more new universities every year, so advancements must be made in order to keep one’s position.

Although UP dropped 25 places in the overall ranking, it is still the third best Czech university out of eleven ranked. The Czech number one is, again, Charles University in Prague, followed by Masaryk University in Brno. Olomouc’s university took third place, while Czech Technical University in Prague was number four. These four Czech universities are the only ones in the top 1,000.

“In order for Palacký University Olomouc to maintain its position not only among Czech universities, but also to keep pace across the global spectrum, it is necessary to implement strategic measures not only at the general level of the university, but above all in cooperation with individual faculties. The development of priority goals, key areas, and individual measures is reflected in the finalised strategy of Palacký University for international university rankings. This synergy is very important in the implementation of the strategy, so all UP staff who participated in its preparation deserve our thanks,” said Michal Malacka, Vice-Rector for Strategy and Regional Affairs, on the published results.

The world’s top university in 2023 CWUR is once again Harvard, followed by MIT and Stanford.

Complete results are available here.


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