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The Nobel Prize is the legacy of Alfred Nobel and is widely considered the world’s most prestigious award.
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Ranking and recognitions

This page provides information on the University of Gothenburg's position in international league tables and important recognitions within research and education. We are especially proud of Arvid Carlsson; the 2000 Nobel Laureate in Medicine for his pioneering research on the signal substances of the brain.

The University of Gothenburg is highly ranked in many prestigious league tables and is in some fields among the best universities in the world. However, to measure the quality of a university is difficult and the methods are often criticised.

We always advice international students, researchers and employees to do extensive research and not to look only at ranking positions when deciding on which universities to apply to.  

World university rankings

Here is our position in the most well-known international rankings. 

What does a ranking measure?

It depends on the ranking. Most ranking lists measure publications and certifications as well as factors such as the amount of Nobel prizes received.

Some league tables tries to measure the universities’ reputation in the research community, but the response rate is usually so low that it's not valid.

Most rankings don't measure factors such as study and work environment, methods of teaching and student satisfaction. 

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Subject and field rankings

Even though subjects' rankings have the same flaws as overall rankings, it can be useful to look at how the university is measured in your field of interest. Please note that not all fields are covered in the subject rankings.

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The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA. A so called “Triple Crown” accreditation.

About the accreditation on the School of Business, Economics and Law website

Student satisfaction survey 2023

What our students think about the quality of the education, University services and life in Gothenburg, was measured in 2023 in the International Student Barometer Survey. The survey is facilitated by I graduate and hundreds of universities participate every year. The survey was sent out to international students at the University of Gothenburg and 1257 students answered

In the survey 89% of the respondents stated that they were happy or very happy with their life at the University of Gothenburg. 84% of the respondents would recommend the University to others. You can see the results of the survey within these four categories: 

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Sustainable development rankings

Sustainable development is a vital part of the university's vision. We are committed to achieving the Global Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in Agenda 2030. According to QS Sustainability Rankings 2023 the University of Gothenburg ranks 73 in the world!