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CHILD ABUSE

Man arrested after tying 6-year-old to fence

A man in Uppsala, eastern Sweden, has been arrested by police after allegedly tying up his 6-year-old and locking him up in a dark room.

The authorities were alerted by staff at the child’s day care after the boy had repeatedly told them of being treated roughly by his father, reports local paper Upsala Nya Tidning.

The boy told staff that his father had hit him on several occasions. At one point the young boy was also allegedly locked up in a darkened room and not allowed out. On another occasion the father tied him to a fence.

As a result, both the six-year-old boy and a younger sibling have been taken into custody by the local authorities. The decision to take the children into mandatory care was taken by the administrative court (förvaltningsrätten).

The father has admitted to treating his young children in an unacceptable way and is not contesting them being taken into care by the authorities.

According to the paper, the family has been under scrutiny of the social services for some time and social workers have testified of abusive behaviour towards the kids by their father on many occasions.

The man has also recently been charged with the assault and battery of his wife, according to the paper.

TT/Rebecca Martin

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UNIVERSITY

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100

Three Swedish universities made it into the top 100 in an annual ranking of the world's best schools on Tuesday, but some of the country's higher education seats dropped from last year.

Three Swedish universities earn spots in top 100
Students at Lund University. Photo: Aline Lessner/imagebank.sweden.se

Lund in southern Sweden was again picked as Sweden's top university and came 73rd in the QS World University Rankings, but dropped three ranks on last year (and down from 60 in 2014).

Eight Swedish universities feature in the QS rankings, and all but three fell in the global list.

The ancient Uppsala University climbed back to the top 100, landing a spot in 98th place. Further down the list, Linköping and Umeå Universities both edged up to 282nd and 294th place, up from 286th and 319th, respectively.

The Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) dropped from 92nd to 97th place. Gothenburg-based Chalmers University of Technology fell from number 132 to 139 (which is still an improvement on its 175th place in the 2014 QS World University Rankings).

Lund was given a five-star ranking in addition to its place in the list. “Lund is Sweden's most attractive study destination. The compact university campus encourages networking and creates the conditions for scientific breakthroughs and innovations,” read the QS description.

“The university has a clear international profile, with partner universities in over 70 countries. Funding of more than 5 billion kronor a year goes to research at eight faculties, which gives Lund one of Sweden's strongest and broadest ranges of research activity.”

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Now in their 13th year, the annual rankings are compiled by global higher education analysts Quacquerelli Symonds (QS), and rank 916 institutions according to four key pillars: research, teaching employability and internationalization.

For the first time in more than a decade US universities took all three top spots, with MIT placing first for the fifth successive year ahead of Stanford and Harvard, knocking Britain's Cambridge to fourth.

Tuesday's list comes less than a month after the Shanghai Rankings, which picked the Karolinska Institute as the best university in Sweden.