“Celebrating its 200th anniversary in 2010, Karolinska is a top global medical university,” the THE wrote in their assessment.
In the overall rankings, KI came in at place 42 but was way ahead of any other nordic universities, with Lund coming in at 82, Uppsala University at 106 and Helsinki University in Finland on place 109.
The best university in the world, according to the THE, was American university California Institute of Technology (Caltech) followed by Stanford in the US and Oxford in the UK on a shared second.
Only 24 countries have centres of higher education among the 200 best universities in the world, with schools in the US and UK highly represented. However, according THE spokespeople, Asian universities are climbing in the rankings.
The THE World University rankings are based on the universities’ core missions; teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.
The more discipline-specific rankings, more relevant to the Karolinska Institutet as a medical university, will be published at the end of the month.