University of Copenhagen ranked top amongst Nordic schools

Five Danish universities listed in the American and British-dominated QS World University Rankings

While American and British universities continue to dominate in the most recent edition of the QS World University Rankings, the University of Copenhagen had its best ever result. 

The University of Copenhagen jumped six places from last year’s 51st place ranking to number 45 this year, making it the highest-ranking Nordic university. The highest-placed universities in Sweden, Finland and Norway were ranked at 67, 69 and 89, respectively.

“Its ranking underlines the University of Copenhagen's status as a world-class research university," Ben Sowter, a researcher for QS, told Berlingske newspaper. "It has a strong reputation among academics and employers.” 

Aarhus and DTU drop two spots
The other Danish universities on the list include Aarhus University, which fell two places from 89 in 2012 to 91 this year, and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), which fell two spots from 132 to 134.

There was better news for the final two Danish universities on the 800-school list. The University of Southern Denmark climbed up seven places to 311 while Aalborg University rose an impressive 18 spots in the standings to number 334.

“It’s commendable that Denmark has five universities in the rankings and it helps to promote the universities globally,” Jens Oddershede, the head of the University of Southern Denmark, told Berlingske.

Six of the top ten universities are in the United States, while the other four are in the UK. Topping the list was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), while Harvard University took second place and the University of Cambridge came in third. At number 12, the Swiss university ETH Zürich was the highest-ranking school from outside of the US and the UK. 

See the complete rankings here.





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