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The University of Gothenburg moving up in the prestigious Shanghai ranking


The University of Gothenburg placed 161st in this year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), commonly called the Shanghai ranking. This is up 34 notches from last year and puts the university in 5th place among Swedish higher education institutions.

On 15 August, Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) published its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), commonly referred to as the Shanghai ranking.

The list shows that although the University of Gothenburg remains in the 151-200 span, the exact ranking has improved substantially – from 195th till 161st place.

The improvement is mainly due changes in the assessment methods used. The indicator HiCi, which measures how many researchers the university has on Thomson Reuters’ list of highly cited researchers, has in the past been known to favour certain groups of researchers. In response, Thomson Reuters has now changed its approach and updated the list. The University of Gothenburg had a HiCi score of 7.2 on the old list; on the new list it has climbed to 17.3.

The other Swedish higher education institutions are also affected by this change. Uppsala, Stockholm, Linköping and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have also climbed, while Karolinska, Lund, Umeå, Chalmers and the Royal Institute of Technology have fallen.

Read more about the Shanghai ranking here.