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University of Copenhagen slips to 96th on Times ranking

A boost to citation scores from Covid-19 focussed research is moving medical universities up the global rankings. The University of Copenhagen clings to its top 100 placing.

Denmark’s oldest university has slumped on the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking. The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) now ranks 96th, down 12 places since last year. Its Danish brother ­— Aarhus University — ranks 104th.

In a year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the rankings reflect the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis as a number of institutions see significant boosts in their citation scores

Times Higher Education World University Ranking

»In a year dominated by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the rankings reflect the vital role of universities in understanding and managing the crisis as a number of institutions see significant boosts in their citation scores (which examine university’s research influence, and look at their role in spreading new knowledge and ideas) from Covid-19 focused research,« the Times Higher Education World University Rankings writes in their release.

Several medical universities made substantial upward moves on the table since last year following Covid-19 research, including institutions in Mainland China,  Taiwan and Saudi Arabia, and for example Estonia’s Tallinn University of Technology.

The top five spots on the 2021 ranking are taken by the University of Oxford (UK), followed by California Institute of Technology (US), Harvard (US),
Stanford (US), and Cambridge (UK).

ETH Zürich (Switzerland) is the highest-ranked university outside the UK and US with 15th place.

Danish universities in the TIMES ranking

·         University of Copenhagen (=96th) is Denmark’s best ranked university

·         Aarhus University (104th) moves up two places from 106th last year

·         Technical University of Denmark is 185th

Rollercoaster

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking is one of four rankings that the University of Copenhagen uses as a benchmark. The THE looks at a number of different criteria that include teaching, research, number of citations, international outlook, and cooperation with companies.

The THE, in particular, has been a rollercoaster ride, with the University of Copenhagen gyrating back and forth from 51st to 177th and back since 2010.

View the full THE World University Rankings 2022.

View the THE World University Rankings 2022 methodology here.

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