On May 8th company QS announced results of its rating of the best universities by subject – QS World University Ranking by Subject 2013.
It was the second time when such type of ranking was published, and this year’s version contains TOP-200 universities in each of 30 subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, medicine, biology, economics, law, and many others.
During this research 2858 universities were evaluated, 70 000 academic experts and professional recruiters were interviewed, different bases of academic citation were checked and almost 8400 academic programs were manually verified.
The main criteria of the universities in the research were:
1) Academic Reputation
2) Employer Reputation
3) Citations per Paper
4) H-index Citations
This year eleven Swedish universities and business-schools have been selected to the list of Top-200 world universities.
The biggest number of rating’s appearances was given to:
1) Lund University – appeared in Тор-200 list in 23 (among 30) subjects, including 4 appearances in Тор-50 list in such disciplines as: “Environmental Sciences”, “Biological Sciences”, “Geography” and “Linguistics”.
2) Uppsala University – appeared in Тор-200 list in 23 subjects and twice in Тор-50 list in “Biological Sciences” and “Pharmacy & Pharmacology”.
3) Stockholm University – appeared in Тор-200 in 19 disciplines, including 4 appearances inТор-50 in “Environmental Sciences”, “Geography”, “Linguistics” and “Sociology”.
4) KTH – appeared in Тор-200 in 11 subjects, including 3 appearances in Тор-50 in “Civil & Structural Engineering”, “Electrical & Electronic Engineering”, “Mechanical”, “Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering”.
5) Chalmers University of Technology – 10 appearances in Тор-200 including 2 appearances in Тор-50: “Electrical & Electronic Engineering” and “Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering”.
One of the best results was shown by Karolinska Institute. This Swedish university appeared twice in Top-10 list of world universities: 4th place (!!!) in discipline “Pharmacy & Pharmacology” and 10th place in “Medicine”. Also Karolinska was ranked as 36th university in “Biological Sciences”. All together Karolinska Institute appeared 4 times in Top-200 list.
Stockholm School of Economics appeared twice in Top-50 list in “Economics & Econometrics” and “Accounting & Finance”. And if we consider the “continental” European universities (excluding the UK), SSE will get 2nd position in Economics& Econometrics and 6th in Accounting & Finance.
Though any ranking is a sort of subjective thing, since it depends so much on the chosen methodology and techniques, QS World University Rankings by Subject can be, nevertheless, one of the indicators of high quality and competitiveness of Swedish universities on international level.
Almost all Swedish universities from this rating have leading positions in continental Europe, and several universities are ranked as one of the best in the world (in certain subjects).
If you are planning to get your master degree or PhD, the analysis of such international ratings might be extremely helpful for making a right chose.