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Helsinki University places 57th in Shanghai ranking

16 Aug 2018, 01:42 ( 16 Aug, 2018)

DF Report
Photo University of Helsinki by Veikko Somerpuro.

The University of Helsinki ranked 57th in the international Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, said a press release of the university on Wednesday.

In the two previous years, the University of Helsinki placed 56th. This year, the Shanghai ranking (ARWU) ranked the thousand best universities in the world.

Harvard University ranked top for the 16th consecutive years in the list followed by Stanford University, University of Cambridge, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, Princeton University, University of Oxford, Columbia University, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago.

From among Nordic universities, the University of Helsinki retained its third place behind the University of Copenhagen (rank 29) and the Karolinska Institute (rank 44) from Sweden. Among European universities, the University of Helsinki reached the 18th position.

The top 20 included sixteen universities from the United States, three from the United Kingdom and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich. On average, Swedish universities were the most successful among Nordic universities.

For instance, the top 200 universities included five Swedish and three Danish universities, as well as one from both Finland and Norway.

After the University of Helsinki, the best Finnish universities were Aalto University and the University of Turku, both ranked in the bracket 301–400.

Altogether eight Finnish universities were included in the ranking of the thousand best universities.

As for the individual ranking indicators, the University of Helsinki saw a decrease in the number of published articles. On the other hand, there was improvement in the indicators for research quality, including the number of highly cited researchers and the number of articles published in journals associated with Nature and Science.