Uppsala and Lund ranked top Nordic universities

2023-09-26

For the first time, QS has presented a separate ranking of European universities. In the new list, Uppsala University shares 22nd place with Lund University. The two also share first place among Nordic higher education institutions.

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In all, 690 institutions in 42 countries are listed, including 106 universities that have never previously been ranked by QS. Photo: Getty Images

“One factor that has contributed both to Lund’s and Uppsala’s positions is their fine performance in the QS Sustainability Rankings for 2023 – place 11 and 12 respectively,” says Emma Östlund, controller at the Planning Division, Uppsala University.

The company QS is known for its annual ranking of world universities, which is regarded as one of the three leading rankings and is closely watched by universities, the media, students, researchers and many others. The ranking of European universities uses the same indicators as the QS World University Ranking, though with a slightly different weighting to fit the European context better.

In all, 690 institutions in 42 countries are listed, including 106 universities that have never previously been ranked by QS. The University of Oxford takes first place in Europe, while ETH Zürich is second and the University of Cambridge comes third. The United Kingdom, represented by 107 selected universities, is the country with most institutions in the ranking, followed by Turkey with 73 and Germany with 53.

Uppsala University’s best places are in Sustainability and Employment Outcomes. The latter indicator is based on the actual employment of alumni.

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Ranked best in the Nordic region

QS has ranked 35 Nordic universities, 14 of which belong to the top 100 in Europe. Lund University and Uppsala University come top, in joint 22nd place. Sweden is the best represented Nordic country, with 11 universities selected, followed by Finland with 10 and Denmark and Norway with 6 each. Iceland has two universities on the list.

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