LiU climbs in global ranking

Linköping University has taken a big step up on ARWU, the Academic Ranking of World Universities. ARWU, sometimes called the Shanghai Ranking, is a global ranking system that primarily measures research performance. For the first time, LiU has placed amongst the world’s top 300 universities.

Photo credit: Anna NilsenDespite tough competition, especially from young Asian universities, LiU has again improved its position on ARWU. In the ARWU ranking published today, LiU sits at number 294, compared to last year’s 306. Over the past five years LiU has climbed about one hundred places.

The ARWU list is based on factors including research citations and publications in highly regarded scientific journals. LiU staff on the list of highly cited researchers again include materials researchers Olle Inganäs and Fengling Zhang, plus a newcomer: professor of psychology Gerhard Andersson.

This year, ARWU’s top two spots went to Harvard University and Stanford University – both from the United States. In third place was the UK’s University of Cambridge. American universities dominated completely, seizing 16 of the top 20 spots. Three Swedish universities made the top 100: Karolinska Institutet (44), Uppsala University (63) and Stockholm University (74).

The Academic Ranking of World Universities is produced annually by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, hence its nickname “the Shanghai Ranking”. The QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, both UK based, together with ARWU, are the three largest and most influential global ranking systems. For several years Linköping University has advanced on all three.

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