Örebro University still ranking high among world’s young universities

Graphics showing Örebro University as number 84 in the THE Young ranking of the world’s young universities.

Örebro University claims 84th place in the Times Higher Education world ranking of young universities. Once again, Örebro’s high-quality research is a key factor.

To be included in this ranking, two basic criteria must be met. The higher education institution must offer courses and study programmes at the undergraduate level, and its researchers must have published at least 1,000 scientific papers in the past five years leading up to the ranking.

The ranking is based on higher education institutions’ self-reporting, researchers’ questionnaire answers, and a citations analysis performed by an international publishing company.

Every year, Times Higher Education (THE), ranks the best universities in the world and publishes a separate table of young universities that are 50 years or younger (THE Young). The number of universities qualifying for this ranking increases every year. This year, 539 young universities made the list and Örebro University comes in at number 84.

“Last year, we claimed 75th place among 475 universities so we are pleased to see that we have maintained our position in the top 20 per cent of the world’s best young universities,” says Vice-Chancellor Johan Schnürer.

Universities are judged on a number of performance indicators within their core missions – teaching, research, citations, international outlook and knowledge transfer.  Also this year, Örebro University distinguishes itself in terms of the citations indicator – a measure of the degree to which researchers around the world cite research conducted at Örebro University in their research papers.

“It is especially good news that citations is the parameter that sends us up the table, since it is such a definite measure of research quality,” Johan Schnürer continues.

Several Swedish universities in the ranking

In addition to Örebro University, three other Swedish universities are included in the ranking of the world’s young universities. Linköping University comes in at number 38, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) at number 58, and Karlstad University is in the 251-300 band.

Place 403 in world ranking

Times Higher Education is one of the world’s most valued university rankings. In the 2021 ranking of the world’s top universities, Örebro University came in at number 403. Of the some 20,000 higher education institutions globally, 1,662 made the list.


Text: Jasenka Dobric

Translation: Charlotta Hambre-Knight