For several consecutive years, Örebro University has come out strong in a number of Times Higher Education (THE) world rankings.
Times Higher Education is one of the world's most valued university rankings. Universities are evaluated according to five criteria: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.
The most recent ranking of the world’s best universities was published in September 2018. Örebro University places itself in the 401–500 band, in place 405 to be more precise. The primary reason for this very respectable performance is that research articles written by the University’s researchers to a great extent has been cited by other scholars, thus contributing to notable international recognition.
Looking at citations alone, the University comes in at an impressive 172 in the world. This is a trend that has continued since 2015 when Örebro University first was included on the list. Even then it was within citations that the University had its highest score.
To qualify for the ranking, the university’s researchers must have published at least 1,000 scientific articles in the past five years. Only 1,258 of the world’s almost 20,000 universities met this criteria in this year’s ranking.
In September 2017, Times Higher Education ranked the top universities in Europe. Örebro University then came in at number 175, alongside universities with a considerably longer history.
In June 2018, Örebro University was ranked number 62 on the list of the best young universities in the world. This list includes only universities established less than 50 years ago. With Örebro’s 19 years as a university, it was up against higher education institutions most of which are between 40 and 50 years old.
The Times Higher Education rankings are of great importance when it comes to attracting international students, researchers and teachers. They provide increased national and international recognition and are an important factor in forming strategic partnerships with universities abroad.