Global ranking climb continues
Linköping University has taken a big step up on ARWU, a global ranking that places special emphasis on research strength. This year’s placing is 308, 70 spots higher than last year.
”This is excellent news, a result of the strong, successful research conducted at the university. It’s also an outcome of our firm focus on quality, both in terms of external reviews and our own strategy development work”, says Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun.
For several years Linköping University has climbed in the ARWU ranking, despite increasing competition – especially from young Asian universities.
The main explanation for the impressive climb is that the university’s researchers increasingly publish in leading journals and that their research is more frequently cited. This is evident in better results in indicators for publication in the journals Nature and Science, as well as in citations in the database Web of Science.
Furthermore, following a methodology change this year, highly cited researchers are better rewarded for recent publications. Two Linköping University scholars – Olle Inganäs (right) and Fengling Zhang (below) – are amongst the most cited in the world, in their fields.
In the tech field, Linköping University is now ranked as one of the world’s hundred best universities, at number 86.
Topping the ARWU ranking is Harvard University, followed by Stanford University and MIT, all from the United States. And the American dominance is massive – across the board. Of the ten most highly ranked universities, only two are located outside the US: Cambridge and Oxford. Three Swedish universities rank in the top 100: Karolinska Institutet (47), Uppsala University (60) and Stockholm University (78).
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.
LiU researchers have joined international calls for a boycott of scientific conferences in the US.
Psychology students took on role of treaters in a study of perfectionism and internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy.
Social value creation is on the agendas of more and more companies and organisations. Erik Jannesson, senior lecturer in management control, has just published a book on the subject.
Rolf Holmqvist is one of 17 researchers who are critical to guidelines for the treatment of depression and anxiety.
Malin Thor Tureby was keynote speaker at an international conference on oral history.
Cats that meow with a dialect have caused a sensation in the world media. Robert Eklund, a linguist who works with cats at the Department of Culture and Communication, has lost count of the number of times the work has been reported in the media.
On 6 December, a Farewell Mingle was held for departing exchange students who have studied at Linköping University.
"We have a global and critical perspective that attracts today's students," says Stefan Jonsson, professor at REMESO, about the Faculty of Arts and Science’s first international master’s programme at REMESO in Norrköping - Ethnic and Migration Studies.
Achieving perfect health has become a religion in the western world, according to a newly published study. Barbro Wijma, professor emerita and physician with many years of experience meeting patients, views this development with dismay.
Skin colour matters, also in Sweden. But many people don’t accept that racism is a problem here – only in other countries. So claims doctoral student Victoria Kawesa, who writes about black feminism and whiteness in Sweden.
Johanna Sköld from Child Studies at Linköping University co-organised an international workshop where researchers compared various models of compensation for institutional neglect and abuse.
Anna Lindström and Monika Lopez of the Department of Culture and Communication applied earlier this year for funding for an initiative in an issue relating to refugees. The funding was granted, and the “Tomorrow’s Nobel laureates” project was born.
Suad Ali, expert on Sweden’s refugee quota, works tirelessly for refugees worldwide. For her dedication she has been chosen as one of Linköping University’s two Alumni of the Year.
Thomas Lunner’s research has given improved hearing to millions of people with impaired hearing. He has been chosen as one of this year’s Alumni of the Year.
Last updated: 2017-02-13