Departments of Psychology and Political Science perform well in international comparison

The Departments of Psychology and Political Science at the University of Helsinki both achieved excellent rankings in the German CHE university comparison.

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Both departments were ranked as “excellent” in four out of the nine categories in the comparison. As a result, the Department of Political Science was in the top twenty, and the Department of Psychology was in the top twenty-five. They outperformed the Departments of Political Science at Oxford and Cambridge, and the Department of Psychology at the Karolinska Institute.

The evaluations carried out by the German evaluation institution the Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE) are intended for young Germans who are considering their future place of study. The comparison included about 150 universities from all around Europe.

The comparison criteria included publications, very frequently referred to textbooks, the mobility of students and staff, the number of international students and teachers, exchange programmes and general study conditions.

This year, the listing focused on comparing departments of political science, psychology and economics. Among economics departments, the Department of Economics at the University of Joensuu received two grades for excellence. The Department of Economics at the University of Helsinki did not participate in the comparison.

Regarding the Department of Psychology, Professor Christina Krause, who attended the compiling of the evaluation information, is positively surprised by the results of the comparison.

”We received good grades for the mobility of students and staff, although we have experienced difficulties in reaching the university’s recommended level,” she says.

The department also achieved the grade of excellent number of publications and references.

Professor Krause says that the evaluation process was labour-intensive.

“Different evaluations always include the same questions, only phrased in a slightly different way. Everything must always be compiled again.”

This was the second time the CHE evaluation was carried out. The previous evaluation round in 2007 focused on departments of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. The Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki achieved the grade of excellence in five categories.

The results of the CHE university ranking » »

Text: Juha Merimaa
Picture: Wilma Hurskainen
5.11.2009
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