Uppsala University rises in the international ranking

Students with bicycles talking.

Uppsala universitet fick ett bättre utfall i årets ranking, framför allt inom ”education” och ”employability”. Photo: Mikael Wallerstedt

Uppsala University has climbed 11 places in this year’s ranking of the world's universities from the CWUR (Centre for World University Rankings). This year Uppsala University is ranked 77th, compared to 88th last year.

In recent years, the university has consistently placed around 86th to 88th in the ranking, but this year it received better scores, especially in “education” and “employability”.

“Our positive score trend may be due in part to the fact that one of our former alumni, Svante Pääbo, was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2022. He received both his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Uppsala University,” says Emma Östlund, Controller at the Planning Division of Uppsala University.

The list is topped by Harvard University, MIT and Stanford University in the United States. In Sweden, Karolinska Institutet (in 38th place) and Uppsala University are among the Top 100. They are followed by KTH Royal Institute of Technology (140th place), Lund University (141th place) and Stockholm University (146th place).

Data from external sources

The CWUR is based solely on measurable data taken from external sources, including Clarivate’s journal citation report, Clarivate’s Web of Science database, and the Forbes Global 2000. Thus, the ranking is not based on higher education institutions’ own reports or so-called “reputation measurements”, which can sometimes lead to more arbitrary ranking results. This means that higher education institutions themselves cannot influence the results, explains Emma Östlund.
“Even if there are definitions of what should be reported, these definitions must be interpreted, and since education systems vary from country to country, it can be difficult to compare self-reported data.

Four main indicators

The ranking is based on four main indicators.

  • Education (makes up 25 per cent of the ranking). Based on how many prestigious prizes/awards a higher education institution’s former students have received.
  • Employability(makes up 25 per cent of the ranking). Based on how many top positions within large companies a higher education institution’s former students hold.
  • Faculty(makes up 10 per cent of the ranking). Based on how many employees have received prestigious prizes/awards
  • Research (makes up a total of 40 per cent of the ranking). Measures research results based on various sub-indicators.

Annica Hulth

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