Top 100 placing for LiU in more subjects

Linköping University is among the 100 foremost institutions of higher education in the world in five subjects, according to the Shanghai ranking, one more than last year. In the overall ranking, however, LiU has dropped to place 352.

LiU researchers in communication systems.

Gerhard Andersson, professor of psychology. Photo: Jenny AhlgrenThe Shanghai ranking mainly measures research prowess. This year’s list has just been published, and the American dominance remains high. Of the ten highest ranked universities, only two, both in the UK, are not from the US: Cambridge (place 3) and Oxford (place 7). The top slots are occupied by Harvard and Stanford.

Last year was the first time that Linköping University climbed to a place among the best 300 on the global list. Competition is, however, extremely fierce, and thus LiU takes a lower place, even though it has maintained the increase in the number of scientific articles published and has had many articles published in the prestigious journals Nature and Science. The largest factor in the fall in ranking is that LiU has somewhat fewer researchers among the most highly cited within their fields of study. Two LiU professors, Gerhard Andersson (psychology) and Olle Inganäs (materials science) are on this year’s list.

Olle Inganäs, professor and researcher in materials science. Photo: Göran BillesonThe correct name of the Shanghai list is the “Academic Ranking of World Universities” (ARWU), and it is published by Jiao Tong University, in Shanghai, China. It also ranks the most successful universities with respect to research in various subjects. LiU is among the top 100 this year in telecommunication, nursing science, electronics, energy systems, and materials science. The high placing for electronics research is new this year.

The Shanghai list, with the British QS World University Rankings and the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, are considered to be the three largest and most significant global ranking lists. The three lists measure slightly different parameters, but Linköping University has for several years been among the 400 foremost universities on all three. There are more than 20,000 universities in the world.

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Upper photo: Linköping University is ranked at number 23 in the world within telecommunication research. The photo shows Erik G Larsson, professor in communication systems, together with research colleagues Emil Björnson and Giovanni Interdonato. Photo: Thor Balkhed




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