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LiU at the top in Educational Sciences

Linköping University is taking the lead among Swedish universities in the academic field of education, according to a new ranking by the prestigious QS World University Ranking. LiU is now ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities in the field.

karin mardsjo blume“This is really great, and inspiring to see that the assiduous work of our researchers is yielding results,” says Karin Mårdsjö Blume, dean of Educational Sciences.

She states that the ranking confirms the successes LiU researchers in the field have had regarding being published, being cited by other researchers, and receiving grants from external research sponsors.

“We have received major project grants from the Swedish Research Council, and are the only ones in the country to have special support for promising young researchers in the field. We have also received the largest individual grant aimed at teachers for a research school, through our research school in the didactics of the natural sciences and technology. All in all, we’re at the top as regards receiving grants from the educational sciences committee of the Swedish Research Council,” Ms Mårdsjö Blume says.

In the new QS ranking, Linköping University has stepped up into the world’s top 100 for the first time. No other Swedish institution of learning has been placed this high. Stockholm University and the University of Gothenburg lie closest, in the interval between 101st and 150th place. The ranking is based on the status of the institution of learning and citations in scientific periodicals.

Ms Mårdsjö Blume points out that the ranking is a success not only for Educational Sciences, but for Linköping University as a whole.

“Research in education is also conducted in other faculties, and we’re delighted by the excellent performance in this field, by researchers from right across the university.”

She also sees that this can be important for students of teaching at Linköping University.

“This type of success increases our possibilities of finding attractive exchange opportunities for our students,” Ms Mårdsjö Blume says.

The British QS ranking is regarded as one of the three biggest and most important global ranking lists, alongside the British Times Higher Education list and China’s Shanghai List.


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Last updated: 2017-02-13