The University of Helsinki is ranked 74th in the world

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Helsinki is the 74th best university in the world in 2011. The ranking is produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Helsinki is the 74th best university in the world in 2011. The ranking is produced by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

The University of Helsinki was ranked two positions lower than in 2010. In the long term, however, it has held its position. The Shanghai ranking has been published annually since 2003, and the University of Helsinki’s position has fluctuated between 69 and 76.

Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson regards the 2011 result as relatively good.

– The university has undergone significant changes. It is good to see that we have survived them without a downswing.

He hopes, however, that the University of Helsinki’s ranking will pick up in the long run.

– The road is long, because the competition is tough. All of the universities in the top 100 would like to see themselves in the top 50, he points out.

Because of the ranking principles, a drastic improvement in the standing would require nothing short of a Nobel Prize.

The University of Helsinki continues to be the highest ranked university in Finland. Other Finnish universities in the top 500 include the University of Turku and the University of Oulu (301–400), and the University of Eastern Finland and the University of Jyväskylä (401–500).

Harvard was once again ranked as the best university in the world. Placed fifth, the University of Cambridge was the best European university.

English-language universities dominate the list. The top 50 only included seven non-English universities. The best of them, the University of Tokyo, was ranked 21st.

Should the University of Helsinki change its language of instruction in pursuit of a higher ranking?

Rector Wilhelmsson does not warm to the idea.

– A higher ranking is not enough reason. The University of Helsinki also has an important national purpose, he says.

However, the use of the English language is gradually gaining a stronger position at the university.

– Our goal is to recruit the best researchers and teachers from around the world.

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Text: Juha Merimaa
Photo: Wilma Hurskainen
19.8.2011
Translation: AAC Global
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