Sweden scores in world university rankings

Stockholm’s prestigious Karolinska Institute is the best place to study dentistry in the world, according to new university rankings, which saw 13 other Sweden institutions clinching top places in a variety of subjects.

Sweden scores in world university rankings
Main entrance to the Karolinska Institute. Photo: Anonymous100000/Wikicommons

Sweden's universities have earned top spots in the fifth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject, showing an increased competitiveness on the international stage.

The Karolinska Institute was classed particularly highly, earning first place in dentistry. The Stockholm-based university also secured sixth place in the top ten for Pharmacy and Pharmacology, ninth place in Medicine and 40th in Biological Sciences.

The University of Gothenburg was also ranked highly for dentistry, securing third place.

The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences also made the top ten, coming in at tenth place for its specialization, Agriculture and Forestry.

Meanwhile, KTH, Royal Institute of Technology, excelled in Electronic Engineering (16th), Architecture (21st) and Mechanical Engineering (25th).

Lund University was ranked 20th for Geography, 50th for Environmental Sciences and 50th for Development Studies.
Stockholm University also ranked highly for Geography at 23rd and came 27th for Environmental Sciences and 35th for Development Studies.

A total of 14 Swedish universities secured 143 places across the tables, of which 24 were in the top 50 and a further 44 in the top 100.

This year’s results were based on the opinions of 85,062 academics and 41,910 employers, as well as the analysis of 17.3 million research papers and over 100 million citations. A total of 36 disciplines were ranked.

American universities dominated the rankings in terms of the subjects in which they lead.

Together, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) secured top places in 21 subjects.

A total of six universities in the UK led in at least one subject, with the University of Cambridge ranking among the top ten in 31 disciplines, while the University of Oxford scored in 29 subjects, as did Stanford University. 



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