August 15, 2016

University of Helsinki ranked third-best in Nordics

Five Finnish universities reached the top 500 in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Five Finnish universities reached the top 500 in the annual Academic Ranking of World Universities.
Veikko Somerpuro

The University of Helsinki is the 56th best university in the world, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy.

This year the University of Helsinki improves its previous ranking by 11 positions. With its position the Finnish university bypasses Swedish Uppsala University, becoming the third best higher education institute in the Nordic countries, only surpassed by Danish University of Copenhagen (30th) and Swedish Karolinska Institute (44th).

In addition to the University of Helsinki, Universities of Eastern Finland, Oulu and Turku as well as Helsinki-based Aalto University represent Finland in the top 500.

The ranking is led by Harvard University for the 14th year. Swiss ETH Zurich and Japanese Tokyo University are the only universities in the top 20 outside of the United States or Great Britain.

Established in 2003, ARWU ranks 500 universities annually based on several indicators and third party data. The indicators include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, the number of Highly Cited Researchers, the number of articles published in journals of Nature and Science, the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index and per capita performance.

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