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LiU continues to climb in rankings

Linköping University has climbed to 24th position in the 2015-16 QS ranking of universities less than 50 years old.

This ranking, QS Top 50 Under 50, includes universities worldwide that are less than 50 years old. This time the six top positions were taken by Asian universities, with Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University at the top.

It has been a rapid ascent for LiU, which only entered the Top 50 Under 50 list three years ago.

”It’s good news that we keep moving higher,” said LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun.

Of the young universities in Europe, Linköping University ranks seventh.

The QS ranking is based on indicators such as academic reputation, student-staff ratio, citations and internationalisation level.

The QS World University Rankings – which disregards the university’s age – is topped by American and British universities. Here Linköping University is number 286.

QS, with headquarters in London, publishes one of the three largest and most important university rankings, alongside Times Higher Education, also from the UK, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), from Shanghai.

All in all there are roughly 20,000 universities in the world today, of which about 16,000 are younger than 50 years old.


QS World University Rankings

Lennart Falklöf 2015-11-24

Organic electronic rose

LiU researchers create electronic plants

Using semi-conductive polymers, both analog and digital electronic circuits can be created inside living flowers, bushes and trees, as researchers at Linköping University Laboratory for Organic Electronics have shown. The results are being published in Science Advances.

logo for COP21

LiU researchers to COP21 in Paris

Four researchers and two students from Linköping University will be on site in Paris to monitor COP21 – and to continue work on the participant survey that LiU has managed since in 2007.

Presidents shake hands

Collaboration with China on sustainable urban development

On Thursday 12 November, Linköping University and Guangzhou University signed a memorandum of understanding, providing a structure for their ongoing collaboration.

Moment of silence to honour victims of Paris terror attacks

Linköping University will today observe a moment of silence to honour the victims of the terror attacks in Paris on Friday evening. It will take place at 12 noon on Monday 16 November, and many Swedish universities will take part.


More collaboration with Singapore

A delegation from Linköping University recently visited Singapore to enhance research collaboration and promote Swedish research.

LiU alumni in Singapore

Singapore alumni explored the universe

LiU alumni in Singapore met former students from five other Swedish top universities at a gala dinner, where astronaut Christer Fuglesang gave a speech on his adventures in space.

Ranking not the safest path to the best programme

As a student, looking at the results of rankings need not lead, for example, to finding the country’s best programme in medicine. In several cases, the programmes are ranked differently depending on who did the ranking. A thesis from LiU demonstrates this.

Mattias Lindahl

Seven steps towards a circular economy

REES, the four-year research programme, is off to a flying start with seven projects. The objective is to facilitate Swedish industry’s transition to a circular economy, in order to thus also increase its competitiveness. Mattias Lindahl is coordinating the programme.

Lars Nielsen

Six challenging projects as WASP takes off

Systems that – like people – can see, listen, smell and collect information from many different sources, and then act based on this. Automatic transport systems and decision-making support in the form of cognitive companions. These are two of the six projects that have been finalised in the Wallenberg Autonomous Systems Program, WASP.

Alumni of the Year 2015

Alumni of the Year set sights high

LiU’s 2015 Alumni of the Year are Mihai Aldén, Oscar-winning developer from Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles, and Kajsa Andersson, head teacher at a local elementary school that aims to educate future Nobel laureates.


In the suburbs, Big Brother is watching you

Video surveillance, police presence and walls that stop people from socialising in the streets. In France this is reality for the residents of suburbs that are upgraded. Research shows that the people who have been tasked to improve these suburbs see them through their own filter of suspicion.

Spider monkey

Scent is the route to the very best fruit

Monkeys and other primates have a better sense of smell than is often claimed. A study on spider monkeys shows that they are experts at sniffing out optimally ripe fruit.

Johanna Rosén

Big step towards unknown materials

Hard coatings have been Johanna Rosén's specialty since she flung herself out into the world of research with a master’s in theoretical physics. Now she’s taking a new, big step with SEK 37 million from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation as starting capital.

Överläkare och LiU-professorn Tomas Lindahl.

LiU wins No-bel Prize

It was the day that LiU nearly won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. For some time, worldwide media believed the prize had been awarded to Professor Tomas Lindahl from the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine at Linköping University.

Guatemala students

Students create school project in Guatemala

Engineering students Sabina Nordén and Sofie Folkesson have taken a sabbatical year in order to support a village school in Guatemala. Instructive on both the personal and the professional plane, they think.

Jumping killer whale

The predator survives – but the ecosystem crashes

What do killer whales, polar bears and humans have in common? They are adaptable predators with the ability to select new prey when their favourite food is in low supply. But this change can disrupt entire ecosystems.

Markus Heilig

Unique method tested on alcohol addiction

For the first time in the world’s history, people with alcohol addiction will be treated with magnetic stimulation of structures deep within the brain. The study is led by Professor Markus Heilig, who has recently been recruited to LiU from a top post in the United States.

Campus Valla

LiU climbs world uni ranking

Linköping University continues its climb in the Times Higher Education ranking. LiU now ranks amongst the 300 best universities in the world.

LiU software regulates German electricity production

OpenModelica, a free software program that is built on open source code and developed mostly at Linköping University, is used to generate code for streamlined regulation of close to one-tenth of German electricity production.

Helen Dannetun recieves award

LiU's Vice-Chancellor named Visionary of the Year

LiU’s Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun was recently named Visionary of the Year, for the university’s strong focus on development and its ability to think innovatively.

Microscopic picture of plaque

New possibility of treating Alzheimer’s

A protein that is part of our innate immune system – lysozyme – could be used to treat and diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, as shown by new research results at Linköping University.

The Seed Box officially opened

We live in nature, and nature lives in us. This is one of the ideas behind a new collaboration between gender studies and environmental humanities at LiU that recently received SEK 40 million in funding. The project was officially opened on Thursday.

Professor Hiroshi Amano

Nobel laureate to LiU

His research spreads energy-efficient light over the earth. Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano will soon visit Linköping University to meet colleagues, but also to give a lecture to students and the general public.

Coniferous forests bind chlorine more easily than deciduous

Researchers at LiU can show that chlorine is bound and sticks much more easily in organic material than previously believed, and that coniferous forests bind organic chlorine more easily than deciduous forests do.

A healthy cornea

EU effort against blindness

Millions of people are blind due to disease of the cornea. LiU and the University Hospital were the first in the world to transplant biosynthetic corneas into patients. Now the EU is funding a new, important step for cornea research.

The whole group

Easier to invest in sustainable electricity

They will study whether the transition to renewable electricity production can be facilitated with the help of supporting middlemen.


science festival

Zou Cairong and Helen DannetunLiU and Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun hosted an anniversary conference filled with science, new learning, good times and lots of interaction.  


saving rhinos

Fredrik GustafssonThe Wildlife Security project has further raised its profile, as LiU becomes a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.


complex climate work

Mathias Fridahl outside Tema Building

It’s the cracks in international climate negotiations that interest Mathias Fridahl, researcher at the Department of Thematic Studies - Environmental Change.


the refugee crisis

Peo Hansen

Right now, Professor of Political Science Peo Hansen is up to his ears in national and international media, who want to interview him.


words alone are not enough

Charlotte Lundgren

Charlotte Lundgren, communications researcher at the Department of Culture and Communication, has set up cameras to study the interaction among trainers, elite riders and horses.


Kalas delirium

Kalas 2015Throngs of people at the exhibition, unexpected meetings, and a deliriously happy audience in front of the stage. This year’s Kalas really was a smash.


drugs and the brain

Woman with glass of wine

People who suffer from alcohol and drug addiction are seldom given up-to-date treatment in the healthcare system, Markus Heilig, psychiatrist and world renowned addiction researcher, writes in a new book.


party time

Alexandra A. HolmströmAlexandra A. Holmström has a lot on her plate, with New Students’ Day on 2 September.  


giving brc new muscles

Linda OlssonLinda Olsson, newly graduated PhD in fossil-free fuels, is now taking over as senior coordinator of the Biogas Research Center.

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In brief

Award-winning master’s programme

The Linköping University master’s programme Adult Learning and Global Change has received the Excellence in e-Learning Award at a European conference. 70 programmes were nominated. The programme is a collaboration between Linköping University and universities in Canada, South Africa and Australia. It is one of LiU’s most popular international masters programmes.

Masters on Google+

LiU’s international master’s programmes were recently launched on Google+, a channel that is especially popular in Asia and the United States. This means our study information is now available on both Google+ and Facebook. The aim of the launch on Google+ is to reach a broader target group.

The Business Oscar

LiU Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun has been nominated in the “Visionary of the Year” category for Näringslivsgalan, the annual business awards dinner. In a total of seven categories, businesses and businessmen and -women who, through their great efforts for the community, great involvement and good ambassadorship placed Linköping on the Swedish and international market will be lauded. Näringslivsgalan will take place in the Konsert och Kongress building on 25 September.

LiU on the QS World University Rankings

LiU is maintaining its positions on the QS World University Rankings, placing 286th among the world’s 400 highest-ranking universities. Last year, it placed 283rd. Eight Swedish higher education institutions made it onto the Top 400 list.

Students from abroad performing even better

The degree of performance for students coming from abroad continues to increase, a report from UKÄ, the Swedish Higher Education Authority, shows. The increase primarily concerns “free movers” in the general campus programme who – according to the statistics – performed on a par with Swedish students in the 2012/13 academic year. But for freestanding courses, students from abroad were ahead of Swedish students.



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