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Örebro University high on world ranking for the second year running

Örebro University is one of the world’s 400 top universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017. The University comes out particularly strong in terms of research impact.

In this global performance table, higher education institutions are evaluated across five criteria: teaching, research, citations, international outlook, and industry income.

The main reason for Örebro University's respectable performance is that other researchers have increasingly been citing articles written by Örebro researchers, thus contributing to notable international recognition.

"Already last year, it was the high average citation rate in particular that gave the University a very respectable spot. This year, the average citation rate has improved further which is a credit to the quality of our research," says Johan Schnürer, Vice-Chancellor at Örebro University.

Another positive outcome described in this ranking is that Örebro University's international reputation within both education and research has seen a boost.

"We can only surmise, but it is probably due to a combination of the growing visibility of our researchers and our advanced place in last year's ranking," says Johan Schnürer.

Each year, Times Higher Education undertakes one of the world's most renowned university rankings, in which university performance and impact are assessed and compared using various methods. These rankings are of great importance when it comes to attracting international students, researchers and academic staff. They provide increased national and international exposure and are an important factor in forming strategic partnerships with universities abroad.

This year, 980 of a world total of 20,000 universities appear in this ranking. To be included, certain criteria must be met. The university must for instance provide education at all levels – undergraduate, Master's and doctoral – and the university's research faculty must have published at least 1,000 scientific articles in the past five years.