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Top marks for Stockholm School of Economics

Top marks for Stockholm School of Economics

Published: 23 Mar 2011 17:14 GMT+01:00
Updated: 23 Mar 2011 17:14 GMT+01:00

Stockholm School of Economics has overtaken Karolinska Institutet in an annual ranking of Sweden's top 30 universities and colleges.

Gotland University languished at the bottom of the list for the fifth consecutive year in the list compiled by independent academic group Urank.

Lund University raced to the top of both the Healthcare & Medicine and Science & Technology subcategories, while the Stockholm School of Economics headed the field in Humanities & Social Sciences.

Statistician Stig Forneng of Urank said it was unsurprising that several of Sweden's grand old seats of learning ranked higher than many of the smaller colleges. The traditional universities benefited from their greater resources and more attractive courses for high status professions such as medicine, engineering and veterinary, he said.

Gotland University's surfeit of distance courses contributed to it remaining rooted at the bottom of the list. This also explains the unexpected appearance of Mid Sweden University just four places from the bottom.

"We attach value to the attainment of degrees by a large number of students. With distance learning, you maybe just take the occasional module, and that leads to a worse outcome," said Forneng.

"Offering individual modules is one of the tasks of a seat of learning, but if you look at the overall quality there's also particular value in offering advanced level courses."

Urank uses a large number of statistical variables when putting together its list. For example, it examines the academic quality of students accepted to courses, the weight attached to research, and the proportion of research students with an international background.

However, the ranking does not measure the quality of individual courses. It also disregards the quality of student life and the availability of accommodation, one of the most important issues affecting students' choice of college or university.

Karolinska was the top ranking Swedish university earlier this month in the Times Higher Education supplement rankings for 2010-2011, coming in at 43 on the world list and 9 on the European list.

Urank's list of Sweden's top 30 colleges and universities (last year's ranking in parentheses):

1 (2) Stockholm School of Economics

2 (1) Karolinska Institutet

3 (3) Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

4 (9) Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

5 (4) Uppsala University

6 (6) Chalmers University of Technology

7 (5) Lund University

8 (7) Gothenburg University

9 (10) Stockholm University

10 (8) Linköping University

11 (11) Umeå University

12 (15) Örebro University

13 (14) Södertörn University

14 (12) Luleå Universtiy of Technology

15 (21) Jönköping University

16 (17) Växjö University

17 (18) Malmö University

18 (25) University of Kalmar

19 (27) Blekinge Institute of Technology

20 (13) Universtiy of Borås

21 (20) Mälardalen University

22 (26) Halmstad University

23 (19) Karlstad University

24 (29) University of Skövde

25 (28) University of Gävle

26 (24) Dalarna University

27 (16) Mid Sweden University

28 (22) Kristianstad University

29 (23) University West

30 (30) Gotland University

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22:56 March 23, 2011 by Just_Kidding
Is it cool to have lots of Indian and Chinese students? Is it cool to have lots of American or German students? Did these numbers cared if the students had proper housing during their studies? Did they measure if it helped students to build their careers? If so, how could they compare an engineering school with a nursing school or a business school (who selects its students from successful and rich executives)?
23:17 March 23, 2011 by Nemesis
So Swedes supportn making middle class swedes poor is supported. Good to know that all Swedes are fundementalist headcases who want to follow the bible only.
04:41 March 24, 2011 by jackx123
who paid for the study?
14:13 March 24, 2011 by Descartes
Agree with Just_Kidding

I always point out the issue of being obsessed with "internationalism" in Swedish Universities. Indeed how can one compare SSE and Karolinska?
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