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On QS World University Rankings (QS) you find 4 Nordic universities among the 100 best rated universities in the world:
- #79 Copenhagen University
- #87 Lund University
- #90 Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)
- #99 Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
The top 10 universities in the world according to surveys made by TopUniversities for the QS are the following:
- #1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- #2 University of Oxford
- #3 Stanford University
- #4 University of Cambridge
- #5 Harvard University
- #6 California Institute of Technology
- #7 Imperial College London
- #8 ETH Zürich & University College London (UCL)
- #10 University of Chicago
QS Ranking method
The QS World University Rankings (QS) evaluate universities according to the following 6 metrics:
- Academic Reputation (weighing 40%)
- Employer Reputation (weighing 10%)
- Faculty/Student Ratio (weighing 20%)
- Citations per faculty (weighing 20%)
- International Faculty Ratio (weighing 5%)
- International Student Ratio (weighing 5%)
The academic reputation weighs the most – with 40%. The reputation survey is based on expert opinions of 130.000 individuals.
Citations are measured
Research and output from each university in the survey is found in the Citations per Faculty metric. QS calculates the metric by taking the total number of citations received by all papers produced by an institution across a 5-year period by the number of faculty members.
Since different fields of subjects have different publishing cultures, citations are normalized. This means that different areas of research are measured differently.
All citations data are sourced using Elsevier’s Scopus database, the worlds largest respository of academic journal data. For the 2022 ranking, QS assessed 96 million citations from 14.7 million papers once self-citations were excluded.
About University of Copenhagen
With its more than 530 years, the University of Copenhagen is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. Being the largest institution of education and research in Denmark, the University has gone through numerous changes through the ages.
The University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479 by the Danish king Christian 1, and today has 37,500 students and 9,000 employees – of whom some 5,000 are researchers – and revenues of DKK 9.1 billion.
Nine Nobel Prizes have been awarded to researchers at the University.