Strong research at Örebro University behind continued high ranking by Times Higher Education

Thanks to strong research, Örebro University has retained its ranking as one of the world’s 400 best universities, as shown in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Times Higher Education, THE, annually ranks universities around the world. In all, there are some 20,000, but only some are included in the evaluation.

THE also ranks “young universities”. On the most recent list, Örebro University is ranked 75th of 414 universities from around the world.

“Our goal is to increase research volumes through high-quality research. Receiving confirmation once again that our research has a high impact internationally is good news,” says Vice-Chancellor Johan Schnürer.

THE, Times Higher Education, is one of the most highly regarded rankings of higher education, evaluating five factors of quality: teaching, research, citations, international outlook and industry income. This year’s rankings, THE 2021, have now been made public.

In the citations category, Örebro University has reached its highest ranking, advancing to 127, up from 136 in 2019. Citations are a distinct measure of research quality, and THE2021 shows that other researchers around the world have cited research articles published by Örebro researchers. In Sweden, only Karolinska institutet and the University of Gothenburg rank higher in the citations category.

“This shows that research results at Örebro University are of significance to other researchers. It is a strength that we, to a greater extent, are contributing to increasing science-based knowledge, both in Sweden and globally,” says Johan Schnürer.

In this year’s ranking, there are 1,527 higher education institutions from around the world, compared to 1,396 in 2019. This indicates increased competition, with Örebro University ranked at 389, compared to last year’s 385. Örebro University placed itself in the 351–400 band, along with Umeå University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. This year’s list means Örebro is tied at 8th place among the 12 Swedish universities included on the ranking, compared with 10th in 2019.

“It is important that a young university strengthens its position nationally to be more attractive. This requires constant development and the ability to rethink our strategic priorities,” concludes Johan Schnürer.