Today the Times Higher Educations ranking was released and Stockholm University share position 98 in the world with Uppsala University and thus, together with Karolinska institutet at position 44, is rated as one of Sweden's top three universities.
The other week the QS ranking was released, where Stockholm University on the other hand placed lower: at position 182. The difference is explained by the fact that QS not only measures research excellence, but also other, more education-related factors, such as the teacher ratio per student, which of course is just as important for a university.
Times Higher Education is more exclusively research-oriented with a focus on citations. However, it can also be said that even in the QS ranking, Stockholm University is among the top 100 within the science areas we have: science, humanities and social sciences, but lower in medicine and technology.
In Sweden, we welcome rankings with a grain of salt. There is no exact science, and there are commercial interests behind the charts. But in many other places in the world, the position on the ranking lists is considered important. They cannot be ignored in today's globalized University world.
October 6, 2014
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