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New ranking: Uppsala University both up and down

5 October 2012

Times Higher Education has completed a new ranking of universities all over the world. Uppsala University has dropped a few positions since last year’s ranking, but is still very highly ranked in the Life Sciences area.

The ranking is topped by the California Institute of Technology, the University of Oxford and Stanford University. Five Swedish universities can be found among the top 200:

  • Karolinska Intitutet (42nd place)
  • Lund University (82nd)
  • Uppsala University (106th)
  • Stockholm University (117th)
  • KTH, Royal Institute of Technology (140th)

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE) also lists the 50 best universities within a number of scientific fields. Uppsala University is the only Swedish university in the top 50 for Life Sciences.

‘Yet again we receive confirmation that Uppsala University is part of the exclusive group of universities in the global ranking institute’s top lists. The THE list specifically has swung quite a lot in the last few years’, says Pro Vice-Chancellor Anders Malmberg.

‘Our aggregated index is steadily improving, but our position has varied a bit. Since 2010/2011 we have had positions 147, 82 and now 106. When it comes to the field-specific ranking we note with satisfaction that Uppsala is doing very well in the Life Sciences.’

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2012–13 is based on 13 different indicators divided into five categories which are given different weightings:

  • Education: the learning environment (30%)
  • Research: volume, income and reputation (30%)
  • Citations: research influence (30%)
  • Industry income: innovation (2.5%)
  • International outlook: staff, students and research (7.5%)

Compared to last year’s THE ranking, Uppsala University actually has a better overall score, up from 55.2 to 56.6. However, the University has been given a lower ranking position due to other universities improving their scores even more.

The individual areas ‘Education’, ‘Industry income’ and ‘Citations’ have all been improved since 2011–12, while ‘Internationalisation’ and ‘Research’ have scored slightly lower.