LiU enjoys broad gains in global subject ranking

Linköping University improved its position in most areas in the global subject rankings published by Times Higher Education (THE) this autumn. Most highly ranked are the subjects of engineering, economics and psychology.

Vanya Darakchieva, professor of semiconductor materials, is one of several outstanding researchers in the materials field at LiU.


Linköping University is listed in every subject ranking, apart from law. Since last year, LiU has improved its standing in every area, with just a few exceptions.

In engineering, economics and psychology, LiU is now placed just outside the 100 best universities in the world – in the interval from 101 to 125. This is a substantial advance on last year: LiU has leapfrogged between 50 and 100 universities in each subject field.

In computer science, LiU placed in the 151-175 interval. Again, an improvement on last year.

And apart from the gains made by psychology, the biggest jump was for social sciences, where LiU is now among the 200 highest-ranked universities in the world.

The subject rankings are based on the same data as the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, which was published earlier this autumn. However here the indicators are weighted differently depending on the subject. Against the backdrop of LiU’s dramatic jump (from 411 to 283) in the overall university ranking, the lift in the subject rankings was expected.

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings is one of the world’s three most influential ranking systems. Worldwide, there are some 20,000 institutions of higher education.

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