These are Sweden's best universities: ranking

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These are Sweden's best universities: ranking
A new university ranking has been released. Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/

At least according to this global ranking, which picks 12 Swedish universities among the top-1000.


US News & World Report released its 2016/17 edition of the Best Global Universities (BGU) ranking on Tuesday, including a list of the top institutions in Sweden.

Karolinska Institute and Lund University were both picked as two of the world's 100 best universities, ending up in 69th and 94th place respectively.

Uppsala University, Stockholm University and Gothenburg University followed in 110th, 131th and 205th place.

However, they all saw themselves bested by Copenhagen University in 49th place, the best-performing Scandinavian school according to the rankings.

Despite a turbulent year following the Macchiarini research scandal, the Karolinska Institute – which hands out the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology – has continued to fare well in international surveys.

The prestigious annual Shanghai Ranking, released in August, saw the medical university climb four places to 44th best university in the world. But a spokesman then said they were not getting overly excited.

“Few universities get too fixated on rankings. They don't give a full picture of a university's quality,” said Karolinska's Tomas Ahlbäck in an interview with the TT newswire at the time. 

The US News BGU ranking lists its pick of the 1000 top universities in the world, using criteria such as global and regional research reputation, publications, books, conferences, citation impact and international collaboration.

Karolinska, whose student body is made up of around one-fifth international students, was given a global score of 73.0 (the top university, Harvard, meanwhile got a score of 100).

Read more about the rankings here.

Swedish universities in the top-1000s (according to US News BGU)

1. Karolinska Institute
Overall place: 69
Global score: 73

2. Lund University
Overall place: 94
Global score: 69.9

3. Uppsala University
Overall place: 110 (tied)
Global score: 68.5

4. Stockholm University
Overall place: 131 (tied)
Global score: 66.6

5. University of Gothenburg
Overall place: 205 (tied)
Global score: 62.2

6. Royal Institute of Technology
Overall place: 213 (tied)
Global score: 61.8

7. Umeå University
Overall place: 291 (tied)
Global score: 58.2

8. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Overall place: 346 (tied)
Global score: 55.9

9. Linköping University
Overall place: 372 (tied)
Global score: 55

10. Chalmers University of Technology
Overall place: 389 (tied)
Global score: 54

11. Örebro University
Overall place: 820 (tied)
Global score: 39.9

12. Luleå University of Technology
Overall place: 948 (tied)
Global score: 35.2


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