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Stockholm University in world ranking tables

Stockholm University is one of the 200 highest-ranked universities in the world and one of the top 50 universities in Europe according to several well-established university ranking tables.

Stockholm University is one of the 200 highest-ranked universities in the world and one of the top 50 universities in Europe according to several well-established university ranking tables.

The different rankings use different methods for measuring quality. Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE), QS Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) are considered the most influential university rankings in the world.

Stockholm University's position in these rankings 2020/2021:

• ARWU (Shanghai): 69

• THE: 183

• QS World University Rankings: 148

 

Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

The Academic Ranking of World Universities – sometimes called the Shanghai Ranking – is conducted by researchers at the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University (CWCU). The indicators they use to rank the universities are:

  • The number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.
  • The number of highly cited researchers (selected by Thomson Reuters).
  • The number of articles published in journals Nature and Science.
  • The number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index - Expanded and Social Sciences Citation Index, and the per capita performance of a university.

Here you can read more about how ARWU's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in ARWU.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in ShanghaiRanking’s Global Ranking of Academic Subjects

 

Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE)

This ranking is published by the THE World Universities Insights Limited. The method involves sending out questionnaires to selected people and reviewing statistics on the basis of 13 indicators in these five areas:

  • Teaching (the learning environment)
  • Research (volume, income and reputation)
  • Citations (research influence)
  • International outlook (staff, students and research)
  • Industry income (knowledge transfer).

Here you can read more about how THE's measurement is done.

Here you can read more about Stockholm University's placement in THE

 

QS World University Rankings

This ranking is published by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds), a company specialising in information for the higher education sector.

Stockholm University is in the top 200 in the world and ranked fifth in Sweden. The ranking is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic Reputation from Global Survey 40%
  • Faculty Student Ratio 20%
  • Citations per Faculty from Scopus 20%
  • Employer Reputation from Global Survey 10%
  • Proportion of International Faculty Members 5%
  • Proportion of International Students 5%

Five disciplines ranked within the top 50

QS also ranks by subject. 51 disciplines are grouped into five broad subject areas. Stockholm University is ranked number one in Sweden in the area Arts & Humanities. Five disciplines at Stockholm University are ranked among the top 50 in the world:

  • Environmental Science (23)
  • Social Policy & Administration (40)
  • Sociology (37)
  • Geography (47)
  • Geophysics (50)

Here you can read more about the methodology behind QS World University Rankings

Here you can read more about Stockholm University in the QS World University Rankings 2022

Here you can read more about the methodology behind QS university Rankings by Subject

Here you can read more about QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

 

Leiden Ranking

The Leiden Ranking is carried out by the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University; it is actually not one ranking but several. Different indicators are used which produces a range of different rankings.

The ranking is based on publication and citation data from the Web of Science database, but it does not take into account the size of the institution. The universities that have at least 800 publications in a variety of journals indexed by Web of Science during the past four years are included. The ranking does not include conference or book publications, a limitation affecting some of Stockholm University’s areas of strength such as computer science, social sciences and the humanities.

In 2021 Stockholm University is ranked 165 in the world according to indicator PP (top 10%), which shows the proportion of articles that belong to the world’s 10 percent most cited in their fields. In Sweden, Stockholm University is placed number two, after Karolinska Institutet.

Here you can read more about how Leiden's measurement is done

Here you can read more about Stockholm University in The Leiden Ranking 2021 

 

Europe

Below is Stockholm University in a comparison with other European universities:

• THE: ranked the 86th best university in Europe (2021)

• QS: ranked 83rd best university in Europe (2019–2020)

• Shanghai: ranked the 28th best university in Europe (2018)

• Leiden ranking: ranked 68th best university in Europe, according to PP (top 10%) indicator (during 2016–2019)

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