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University of Gothenburg ranked 185th in THE World University Rankings
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Among the 200 top universities in the world


The University of Gothenburg climbs a few places on the British Times Higher Education's annual ranking list of the world's top universities and ranks 185th.

Times Higher Education (THE) has presented its prestigious ranking list of universities from around the world since 2004. This year, the University of Gothenburg has risen six places – from 191 to 185. But it is difficult to draw any major conclusions from the change, according to analyst Magnus MacHale-Gunnarsson.

"It's a very small movement that can be considered normal variation and it hardly produces any change in exposure either. However, it is valuable to be just above the 200 mark compared to being just below. Often, only the top 200 universities will show.

The University of Gothenburg gained almost exactly the same total score this year as last year (54.8 points in 2021). But there have been some changes in the various indicators: In teaching, the university has risen from 27.7 points to 29.6, in research it increased from 40.8 to 42.3 but, on the other hand, the university has dropped in the ‘media quotations’ indicator from 94 to 90.5 points. 

The number one on the list is for the sixth year in a row the University of Oxford in the UK. Otherwise, the top list is dominated by American universities with eight out of ten top rankings. The California Institute of Tecnhology ranks second, followed by Harvard and Stanford.

KI is still the number one place among Swedish higher education institutions and for the second year in a row it is clinching a place in the top 40 list. The next best in Sweden is Lund University in 116th place and Uppsala University in 131st place. Stockholm University is following on place 176th.

Despite fierce international competition, the University of Gothenburg has managed to climb on the important ranking board.

"The university seems to have situated itself in the range of 150–200, which is a respectable place that gives a significant exposure," says Magnus MacHale-Gunnarsson.

Allan Eriksson

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