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New world ranking: Uppsala University in 79th place

10 September 2013

Uppsala University strengthens its position as one of the 100 best universities in the world. In the latest ranking from QS World University Rankings, Uppsala University has advanced to 79th place.

QS World University Rankings 2013/14 ranks over 700 universities across the world based on six different indicators which are weighted as follows:

  • Academic reputation (40%)
  • Employer reputation (10%)
  • Faculty–student ratio (20%)
  • Citations per faculty (20%)
  • Proportion of international students (5%)
  • Proportion of international faculty (5%)

MIT, Harvard and Cambridge are at the top of the list. Two Swedish universities are among the top 100 – Lund and Uppsala. Both have climbed slightly since last year; Uppsala up from 81st place to 79th.

Uppsala University’s scores for the indicators ‘citations’ and ‘employer reputation’ have improved significantly. In the citations category, Uppsala has advanced 10 positions to 48th place. With regards to employer reputation, Uppsala has advanced 47 positions to 143rd place. Uppsala has also seen a slight improvement in the indicator ‘international students’, up 22 positions to 270th place.

QS World University Rankings 2013/14 has also ranked five broad subject areas. Uppsala’s strongest area is Life Sciences and Medicine, ranked 49th (up from 56th last year). Uppsala University is also highly ranked in Arts and Humanities (60th). Uppsala’s highest ranked individual subject is Pharmacy (28th) and Biology (38th).

“We are always pleased to get confirmation that we are among the 100 best universities in the world. It strengthens our position as a full-scale, internationally prominent research university with a broad offering of high quality courses”, says Uppsala University’s Vice-Chancellor Eva Åkesson.

“It is also positive that we have advanced our positions in many areas. Especially pleasing are our good results in particular subject areas such as life sciences and humanities. Meanwhile, we shouldn't forget that small variations in single indicators sometimes can have a large effect on the overall result. Rankings should mainly be seen as spot checks on quality.”

QS World University Rankings 2013/14