Rector of the University, Ole Petter Ottersen noted that such a list does not tell everything about a university and emphasized it is not very important to go up or down on such a rating list as they cover only a small part of universities' activities.
– But what is certain is that the University is among to the world's best 100 universities, stated Ottersen.
According to 2010 ranking, 8 of the top ten instituions are American universities, while there are only two universities from Europe, Cambridge and Oxford.
About the Ranking
Universities are ranked by several indicators of academic or research performance, including alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, highly cited researchers, papers published in Nature and Science, papers indexed in major citation indices, and the per capita academic performance of an institution.
For each indicator, the highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score. The distribution of data for each indicator is examined for any significant distorting effect; standard statistical techniques are used to adjust the indicator if necessary.
Scores for each indicator are weighted as shown below to arrive at a final overall score for an institution. The highest scoring institution is assigned a score of 100, and other institutions are calculated as a percentage of the top score. An institution's rank reflects the number of institutions that sit above it.
1. Harvard University
2. University of California, Berkeley
3. Stanford University
4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
5. University of Cambridge
6. California Institute of Technology
7. Princeton University
8. Columbia University
9. University of Chicago
10. University of Oxford
40. University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
42. Karolinska Inst. (Sweden),
66. Uppsala University (Sweden)
72. Helsinki University(Finland)
75. University of Oslo (Norway)
79. Stockholm University (Sweeden)
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