University of Helsinki ranks 73rd on the world list of universities

The University of Helsinki improved its position by one on both the world and the European ranking lists of universities.

University of Helsinki ranks 73rd on the world list of universities. It is now 73rd on the list of the world’s best universities, and 22nd among the best-ranking European universities.

The list of the best 500 universities drawn up by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University has been published for the fifth time.

There are five Finnish universities on the list. The University of Helsinki is a clear leader among them, while the Universities of Turku and Oulu rank in the shared positions between 305 and 401 and the University of Jyväskylä and Helsinki University of Technology are found between positions 402–500.

The world leader is still Harvard, the runners-up being Stanford and Berkeley, all in the United States. The best European university on the world list is Cambridge, holding fourth position.

The best Nordic university is the University of Copenhagen, ranking 46th.

There are approximately 15,000 universities in the world. The Shanghai Jiao Tong University evaluated over 1,000 of them, 500 of which were ranked according to research performance.

“The indicators used emphasised research. The University of Helsinki shows a solid performance in all areas evaluated. The Shanghai list is quite consistent and more predictable than, for example, the Times ranking," says Markus Laitinen, Director of International Affairs at the University of Helsinki.

The evaluation takes into account the number of internationally published scientific articles, the frequency that research carried out at each university was cited in other research papers, and the number of scientific awards.

The ranking list can be viewed in full at: ed.sjtu.edu.cn/rank/2007/ranking2007.htm .

Text: Niina Viitanen
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro
27.8.2007
www.helsinki.fi/digitalcommunications

Translation: Valtasana Oy


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