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Up and down in global rankings

Linköping University has climbed to place 21 in a ranking of universities less than 50 years old, but has fallen in another ranking.

liu-flaggorThe QS World University Rankings evaluates universities worldwide less than 50 years old. This year the top six places are held by Asian universities, led by Nanyang Technological University.

It has been a rapid ascent for LiU, which entered the top 50 just four years ago.

Of the young universities in Europe, LiU is now ranked seventh.

The QS ranking is based on indicators such as academic reputation, staff/student ratio and internationalisation. This year Linköping University has scored better in staff/student ratio and proportion of international staff members.

The QS World University Rankings – which disregards the university’s age – is topped by American and British universities. Here Linköping University is number 282.

In another recently published ranking, from Times Higher Education, LiU has dropped from the 251-300 group to the 301-350 group.

This ranking is based on parameters such as research, teaching, citations, international outlook and industry income. Considerable weight is placed on survey responses from teachers and researchers regarding the status of various universities’ research and teaching. Depending on who responds, a university can climb or fall in the ranking. Two years ago LiU was placed 360; this year it has returned to roughly the same place.

However both this year and last year, LiU has fared better when it comes to citations of scientific publications. The QS and THE rankings, together with the Shanghai (ARWU) ranking, are considered the most influential.

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

Photo: Anna Nilsen

QS World University Rankings
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Lennart Falklöf 2016-09-26

Daniel Västfjäll

Researchers’ Night – a public service

On Friday 30 September it’s time for European Researchers’ Night in Linköping and Norrköping, where a selection of LiU’s research will be presented to the public.

Homepage liu.se

The next liu.se

Linköping University has opened a test version (beta) of its new website. “We want everyone to have access to the new website, even during the development phase. This will give us a few months to gather responses and to test the website before it is launched at the turn of the year,” says Director of Communications Mariethe Larsson.

Child and parent holding hands

Help in understanding a parent’s suicide

Talking about suicide is associated with such strong stigma that young people whose parents have taken their own life must turn to strangers, for example people they meet on the internet, to ventilate their grief.

Image: Studentbostäder balloon

Many visitors at opening of student accommodation

New student accommodation in the Irrblosset development of Linköping has been opened. At the same time a work of art in the form of a façade painting, dedicated to Linköping University and its 40th anniversary in 2015, was unveiled.

Researchers in lab

Predicting the severity of multiple sclerosis

Cells in the immune system of patients with multiple sclerosis behave differently from those of healthy individuals. Researchers at LiU have exploited this difference to develop a method that can predict disease activity in multiple sclerosis.

filiz karabag

More frequent discovery of research misconduct

The Macchiarini affair in Sweden has directed the spotlight onto research misconduct. LiU researchers Solmaz Filiz Karabag and Christian Berggren show in a new study that the problem is also serious within the social sciences.

Magnus Klofsten

Major EU grant for research into regional innovation

Together with six other European institutions of higher education, Linköping University has been given the go-ahead for a project designed to reinforce the role of the universities in innovation and regional development. The total grant is approximately SEK 35 million.

Life vests

Mediterranean crisis is brought to students

At a guest lecture, students at Linköping University found out how the Swedish Coast Guard executes a rescue mission in the Mediterranean Sea.

Battery charger

Research centre for printed electronics opened

The Swedish Research Laboratory for Printed Electronics has been opened at LiU, with new equipment and many warm expressions of affection.

Illustration: World map

Refugees and occupational therapy

What can occupational therapists do in issues relating to refugees and integration? This is a new area for a profession in transition, and it will be discussed at a seminar this week in Norrköping.

Rebecka Le Moine

Nominated for environmental award

Rebecka Le Moine, biologist and master’s student in ecology, environmental management and nature conservation, has been nominated for the Environmental Hero of the Year award.

Driving and texting

Driving or talking?

When we are busy with something that requires the use of sight, the brain reduces hearing to make it easy for us. The study give researchers a deeper understanding of what happens in the brain when we concentrate on something.

LiU flags

Small lift in latest ranking

Linköping University comes in at place 282 in the latest ranking from QS World University Rankings – a lift of four places from last year.

The winners

Best project stops cycle theft

Fredrik Löfgren and his teammates are fed up with having their bikes stolen. They have developed an ingenious solution that also makes it easier to get hold of a bike when you need one. Their idea won the Best Project prize at this year’s East Sweden Hack.

Barnafrid logo

Barnafrid to open in December

The Swedish national knowledge centre “Barnafrid” is to open on 7 December, in an event that includes international lecturers and Åsa Regnér, minister for children, the elderly and gender equality.

Helen Dannetun

Vice-Chancellor to continue

The University Board has unanimously recommended that the government extend Helen Dannetun’s appointment as vice-chancellor of Linköping University. The decision was reached at a board meeting on 1 September 2016.

The Irrblosset development under construction

Student housing situation improving

Even if lots of students have trouble finding accommodation in the beginning of the term, prospects this autumn are better than in the past six years.

Markus Heilig and Estelle Barbier

New possibilities for treating alcoholism

A research group under the leadership of Professor Markus Heilig has identified an enzyme whose production is turned off in nerve cells of the frontal lobe when alcohol dependence develops. The deficiency in this enzyme leads to continued use of alcohol despite adverse consequences.


Hackathon aims to solve real-world challenges

This weekend it’s time for the 2016 East Sweden Hack. Equipped with open data and creativity, 20 teams will take part, with the aim of solving important challenges facing society.

Posters at AFM 2016

Important discussions at AFM 2016

The AFM2016 conference provided two days of the latest within materials science, together with discussions about the benefits to society and the difficulty of applying research results in industry.

Students taking research ideas to the next level

Knowledge about research and a glimpse into how entrepreneurship can work - these are insights that some students from Linköping University have gained from summer jobs working with scientists in the "Sommarmatch" project.


Ethical discourse as globalisation increases

A newly published book emphasises the importance of communicating shared fundamental values that transcend cultural and national boundaries.


Relief for epilepsy at the scale of a single cell

Researchers at LiU have developed a small device that both detects the initial signal of an epileptic attack and doses a substance that effectively stops it. All this takes place where the signal arises.

Jerker Lysell

LiU student takes gold

Jerker Lysell, an undergraduate in civil engineering at LiU, took gold in the sprint event at the World Orienteering Championships last weekend.

students marching

The students are here

They’re here. Over the next few weeks, LiU’s campuses will be teeming with first-year and returning students.


Improved global ranking for LiU

Linköping University has improved its position on the “Shanghai list”, a global ranking list that principally measures research prowess.


full of life at kalas

Kalas 2016Thousands of students are making a pilgrimage to the Saab Arena for “Kalas”, Sweden’s largest event for new students.


acting in a tv hit

Simon Alzén in Narcos. Photo: privateHis exchange year in South America turned out to be quite different from what LiU student Simon Alzén had expected. He can be seen this autumn in the American hit series “Narcos”.


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Farewell Ceremony 2016, audience

Excitement about the future – and a celebration right now. That was the mood at this year’s Farewell Ceremony for Linköping University’s international master’s students.


the deported liu student

Sofie AbrahamsonSofie Abrahamson, lecturer at the Department of Culture and Communication, has involved herself in the case of Syed Latif, who was deported after getting a job through the wrong channels.


academic ceremony

Commencement CeremonyThis year’s Commencement Ceremony in the De Geer Hall combined stately ritual with serious partying. 


with an eye for the tiger

Rebecka Le MoineMaster’s student Rebecka Le Moine is in India right now to study tigers on behalf of the World Wide Fund for Nature.


unesco prize

Anders Jidesjö

Anders Jidesjö, Department of Thematic Studies, is research coordinator for the Kunskapslänken national programme, which has been nominated for a UNESCO-Japan prize for sustainable development.


engineering dreams pick up speed

Race carA lot of takeout and evenings were consumed before this year’s race car was ready for the prestigious track at Silverstone.


international day

Asian doll

iDay 2016 in Colloseum was a worldly experience with food and culture from 15 countries.


prizes raining

Joakim Wren2016 Environmental Engineering Profile of the Year. Winner of the 2015 Skapa prize in Östergötland. And winner of the 2016 Nordic Cleantech Open as well as a desirable spot on the list of the 33 hottest new technology companies.

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In brief

Malmstens at London Design Fair

Graduates of the Furniture Design Programme at Carl Malmsten Furniture Studies will attend the London Design Fair, 22-25 September. The graduates will show innovative lighting for the private and public sectors. The pieces were first presented at this year’s Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair. In conjunction with the Stockholm fair, the graduates received invitations to participate in London.

Conference on education and gender

Researchers from around the world will gather in Linköping from 15 to 17 June to discuss gender, nationalism and intersectionality, with a focus on schools and education.
“We want to shed particular light on Sweden and Scandinavia. We believe we have so much equality, and this belief is part of our identity. But it can also lead to superiority over people from other countries. That ‘we’ are so good and ‘they’ don’t know what we’re talking about,” says Katarina Eriksson Barajas, professor of education at Linköping University.

Bus. Photo: Göran Billeson

Cheaper bus

As of 1 September, everyone studying at least half-time will be able to buy tickets from Östgötatrafiken at student prices. The student discount applies to 30-day central and suburban routes. The student association Stuff were the ones pushing the issue of student discounts on public transportation.

Quality of Life

Students in the Cognitive Sciences programme are arranging the KVIT conference on April 28–29, an international conference with invited speakers and visitors from Sweden and Europe. This year’s theme is Quality of Life.

Visiting professor in mathematics

Professor Nageswari Shanmugalingam, University of Cincinnati, will be visiting professor in mathematics, funded by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. She will work with the potential theory group, led by Jana Björn and Anders Björn, for 12 months in 2017-18.

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Last updated: 2016-09-14