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Karolinska named among world's top universities

The Local · 11 Mar 2011, 08:39

Published: 11 Mar 2011 08:39 GMT+01:00

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

Other Swedish universities featuring on the list include Lund University, Stockholm University, Uppsala University, the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences at 89, 129, 147, 193 and 199 respectively.

The list is dominated by US and UK universities with Harvard University coming out on top of the rankings which have been published for the seventh consecutive year. The California Institute of Technology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University and Princeton University make up the top five with the UK's Cambridge and Oxford coming in at sixth and seventh respectively.

The Times Higher Education rankings are developed in partnership with Thomson Reuters and reported that the methodology applied for compiling the lists has been overhauled for this year.

To compile the study the publication collects input from 50 experts in the higher education field from 15 countries and ranks according to five headline categories: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international mix (of students and staff).

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The results are displayed in rankings divided into six world regions and six subject areas. Karolinska Institute is once of only two Swedish university to feature in the top 50 universities according to subject area, coming in 21 among the top "Clinical, pre-clinical and health universities worldwide.

Lund University features at 43 in the list of top "Life sciences" universities and 46 on the list of top universities for "Physical science".

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09:34 March 11, 2011 by Grindsprint
Hehe I wonder how long it takes for the regular nutcases on here to come here and bash swedish universities. ;)
09:35 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
I have noticed that Sweden is slowly slipping down the rankings, over the years.

The Karolinska should be higher, but it is obvious standards are slipping, which is unfortunate.

There are a number of universities that the Karolinska should be better than.

I hope action is taken to put the Karolinska towards the top ten.
09:37 March 11, 2011 by bitter_truth
Bravo ..... But wait for an year and two then counts the ranking. Now the real test of Swedish Universities have started that how they will maintain the ranking with nearly 5-10% newly enrolled International students (At Scholarships). It would not be less than a Challenge as International ranking doesn't count the number of domestic student enrolled rather based at the number of International students enrolled and Graduates per year. The EU student would also not help as they will be on exchange and their degrees would be counted earned in their home country. The result for the coming years will define the Success/Failuar of Swedish Universities.
09:46 March 11, 2011 by engagebrain
Perhaps the rather incestuous allocation of jobs keeps Swedish Institutions out of the top ranks..

A large proportion of academic posts go to internal candidates - which is statistically highly unlikely. This suggests that posts do not always go the best scientists but to the best connected scientists.
10:43 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
@ engagebrain,

That is precisely the problem not only in Swedish universities, but right through Swedish society.
10:49 March 11, 2011 by truthworthy
and now that some thing Swedish universities are ranking low...it has to be the immigrant's fault, eller hur?
11:10 March 11, 2011 by Nemesis
@ truthworthy,


It is purely the fault of Swedes.
11:14 March 11, 2011 by Rishonim
It should bring great pain to those American haters to know that 15 of the top 20 institutions are in the USA. Yet, I still think these list are rubbish and they should shortlist it to only 50


11:32 March 11, 2011 by Lp74
Funny how it is the institute that is in the top 100 but the picture here is of the hospital :)
11:40 March 11, 2011 by Rishonim
Lp74, they will get it right someday. I have seeing worse. I remember seeing them posting a picture of Nathalie Portman while the article was about Whoopy Goldberg ;-))))
12:57 March 11, 2011 by eppie
@rishonim, nemesis etc.

If a list was made which took into account the wealth of the institutes it would be much different. The famous american institutions and Oxford and Cambridge have a completely different financial system. Oxford and Cambridge own half of the town they are in, while the american universities benefit a lot from gifts of alumni.

This is a viceus circle.....go to Harvard and get a great job that then allwos you to donate.

So these places can get all the best students from the whole world (also in PhD and postdoc level) and get get the best professors as well.

So it is not really reasonable to think that swedish universities could reach the top 10 of this list. Top 50 is already great I would say.
14:12 March 11, 2011 by fikatid
Local makes another mistake again!! No. 4 is CAL Berkeley, not CAL tech.

The top 5 Universities are:

1. Harvard

2. MIT

3. Cambridge

4. University of California, Berkeley (NOT Cal tech!! Cal Tech is number 10)

5. Stanford

Well, just curious if the editor is from any of the top Swedish university.

14:21 March 11, 2011 by Thebinary1
Bloody hell! 2.2 trillion USD industry and the Swedish Universities used to charge nothing?! I think the current fees are a bit under-priced then. Yes, local Swedes pay their fees via taxes and loans when the foreigners used to get a free-ride!
19:05 March 11, 2011 by wenddiver
Congratulations- Suggest Architecture courses. That building is kind of ugly for a great school.
19:55 March 11, 2011 by Rishonim
@wenddiver, LOL.. You should see the architecture school building in Stockholm. To say it is ugly would be an understatement. Sweden is home to some of the world nasties-cut veins-wide open with toothpick depressing looking buildings. No one would admit but the reality is that we are an eastern european country.
22:24 March 11, 2011 by For sale
To Thebinary1....

Free education is started in 2003 and closed in 2010 only seven years. If you see after this, Swedish university got listed in top university list. if you go to KTH you will find the truth. International student make it possible to be listed.

It's a wrong concept that Swedish people pay the fees. Yes they contribute but the foreign students also bring money from their land. And work here during studies which mean they pay taxes. Their works also help to run the economy of Sweden.

By the way, Swedish people paid tax they will get return when they retire. But can you tell me when any student work and they paid tax what they get as return?
22:47 March 11, 2011 by TheImmigrant
What is rather shocking is the disappearance of Chalmers. I guess it just shows that if you chase away all the competent faculty and keep (and even reward) the incompetent ones, eventually the world figures it out. Or as the old saying goes: "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time." Too bad: the Chalmers incoming students are among the very best in Sweden, so if the institution doesn't show up on this list it is entirely attributable to incompetent management at every level, especially at the bottom where the important faculty decisions are made. It is probably not an accident that Swedish heavy industry around Gothenburg is now heavily shopping its research money internationally. By contrast KTH clearly has done a much better job. But the most amazing of all has been the rise of the Danes, DTU in particular. Obviously they are doing something right over there.
23:15 March 11, 2011 by mikmak
@TheImmigrant: Yeh funny isn't it, the Danes introduced fees for non-EU students a few years ago...coincidence?
23:55 March 11, 2011 by TheImmigrant
Just proves it isn't the fees that matter -- it's the competence of the faculty. Princeton is one of the most expensive universities in the world. You can charge any fee you want if you are good enough. But there is nothing like imposing a fee to smoke out the phonies. This is, of course, not a good reason to charge fees -- especially if one's society needs to import educated workers and brain power -- which is exactly the situation any country with a birthrate of 1.2\/\couple will always find itself.
01:34 March 12, 2011 by jackx123
So it's only reasonable to assume that the US and UK turn out the brightest and most talented individuals, yet these individuals are leading countries with undoubtedly the worst economies - go figure.

Germany on the other hand, and to a lessor degree Sweden, has its economy well under control and seemingly, according to this report, turn out less good students.

What a bunch of horse dung this report is. Oh, hang on which country is The Times from???

I have myself a degree from UK and another from continental Europe.
10:00 March 12, 2011 by Nemesis

Even better take a look at who owns the Times and that owners attitude to Europe.
22:51 March 12, 2011 by mkvgtired
@jackx123, just because a person graduates from a top university does not mean they know anything about economics. For example many politicians studied law. I am in law school currently, but have a BS in finance and have an extreme fascination with economics. I can tell you many law students know absolutely nothing about econ, many are history and English undergrads, or science if they are going into patent law.

I wish I could say otherwise, but if politicians knew a little more about how a basic economy works, we would be a lot better off. Unfortunately most do not.
22:48 March 13, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Has anyone thought that maybe Harvard was paying for the study? I haven't seen anything really impressive out of Harvard in years - just a lot of Politically Correct rubbish. I wouldn't send my children there.

Don't take these ratings too seriously. While Cambridge is a powerhouse and Stanford is excellent (MIT is a good school....kind of an American Tubingen) Berkley is a waste of resources and Oxford has come so far down as to be a British Harvard.

To prospective students: after you have figured out what you think you want to study find a school where the department of whatever it is has a good reputation in the subject of interest's community and apply yourselves to use the resources available to maximize your own learning and enjoy. Sweden has excellent Universities.
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