Academic Ranking of World Universities

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016 Press Release

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Shanghai, People’s Republic of China

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments is published today. It is the first attempt to rank a group of institutions & units with the same subject focus. Since the publication of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by academic subjects in 2009, ShanghaiRanking has been constantly seeking ways to expand the subjects been covered. In June 2016, ShanghaiRanking produced rankings of universities in 7 engineering subjects in order to provide insights into universities’ academic competences in more subject areas.

In some subject areas, such as Sport Science and Arts, there exist special focus institutions & units which prefer to compare themselves with similar peers other than with multi-disciplinary universities in a certain subject. However, there are no international rankings of this kind due to the difficulties of identifying the ranking objectives and collecting their data. ShanghaiRanking is motivated to take on the challenge to take the first step to conduct this type of ranking and extend our understanding of the performance of these special focus institutions and units.

The world’s sport industry is undergoing enormous growth. Using China as an example, based on Nielsen’s latest data, China aims to create an $813 billion sport industry by 2025 and Chinese companies and wealthy individuals are encouraged to invest heavily in sports events, teams, facilities, agencies and sponsorships, inside and outside the country. Sport Science schools equip students with knowledge and skills to meet the needs of this fast-growing industry, and also to create scholarly knowledge to support and inspire this industry. ShanghaiRanking choose to start its ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments.

ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments maintains the use of transparent methodology and third-party data but adopts an innovative methodology to rank universities from a unit level. This is the first ranking of its kind. A great amount of work is devoted to identify academic units, such as university, schools, faculties, and departments, which engage significantly in Sport Science research. A total of 110,000 unit addresses were examined and hundreds of websites searched to form the final list of 361 universities or about 400 sport-related units that actively engage in research. The top 300 universities are published in this ranking based on the measurement of publication, citation, citations per publication, top 25% journals publications, and internationally collaborated publications. The bibliometric data is collected from Web of Science database with a time window of five years. For more information about the methodology and indicators of the ranking, please visit www.shanghairanking.com.

The top 10 Sport Science Schools and Departments include:

Rank Country Unit Name
1Australia
Deakin University
School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
2UK
Loughborough University
School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
3USA
University of South Carolina - Columbia
Department of Exercise Science
Department of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training
4Norway
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
5Australia
The University of Queensland
School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences
6UK
Liverpool John Moores University
School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
7Denmark
University of Southern Denmark
Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics
8Belgium
KU LEUVEN
Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences
9Belgium
Ghent University
Department of Movement and Sport Science
10Germany
German Sport University Cologne
German Sport University Cologne

European universities dominate this year’s ranking list. There are 144 European institutions on the top 300 list. More than half of these units are from the United Kingdom, Spain and Germany with 45 units, 16 units, and 15 units respectively. Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences is the highest ranked unit in Europe and is ranked second in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016.

103 institutions are from Americas. 64 of these units are from the United States and the country has the strongest presence in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Sport Science Schools and Departments 2016 than other countries. Also strongly performed, 25 institutions from Canada and 14 from Brazil are listed in the ranking this year.

Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences from Australia took the first place in the ranking. 51 institutions are from Asia and Oceania and more than 90% of these institutions are from Australia, China, Japan, and New Zealand. New Zealand universities have outstanding performance as 6 out of 8 public universities from the country are presented in the ranking and AUT University’s School of Sport and Recreation is ranked in the top 30.

Two institutions are from Africa. University of Cape Town’s Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine is ranked 48th.

In the published list, 14 units are sport universities. There are 34 universities with more than 1 sport-related institutions or units. More than 200 of these units are schools, faculties and departments. Examples of the most popular subjects the top Sport Science Schools and Departments researched in include Sport Science, Physiology, Neurosciences & Neurology, Psychology and Nutrition & Dietetics.

ShanghaiRanking Consultancy: ShanghaiRanking Consultancy is a fully independent organization dedicating to research on higher education intelligence and consultation. It is the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

Website: http://www.ShanghaiRanking.com/
Contact: Dr. Snow WANG at pr@shanghairanking.com