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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.

olle inganasThe 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.

Fengling ZhangTopping 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.


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Last updated: 2017-02-13