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Published: 2014-09-25

Umeå University again #1 in Sweden and the Nordic region in young universities ranking

NEWS Umeå University is ranked 24th in the world in the 2014/15 ‘QS Top 50 under 50’ league table. This represents a top ranking among higher education institutions in Sweden and the Nordic countries. The ranking list focuses on the highest performing young institutions established in the past 50 years.

"We celebrate our 50th anniversary next year and we will no longer be listed in the QS Top 50 under 50," says Lena Gustafsson, Vice-Chancellor of Umeå University. “But we can truly be happy that we performed with flying colours in our final year – as we are ranked 24th among the best young universities."

Umeå University is the highest ranking university in Sweden and shares the top place (24th) among countries in the Nordic region (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) with the University of Eastern Finland.

'QS Top 50 under 50' ranks the leading universities in the world that are under 50 years old. This ranking - which QS started in 2012 - aims to highlight relatively newly established universities already making a big impact in the global rankings. This feat is particularly impressive as the ranking is compiled based on factors including international reputation, research citations and international diversity of students and staff – all of which typically take a significant period of time to establish.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS says “by focusing on the performance of these younger institutions alone, the list aims to spot the up-and-coming higher education powerhouses in the global arena.” 

Universities in Asia occupy the top five places this year. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – an exchange partner with Umeå University - takes over the top stop and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) dropped to second place. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology held the third spot.

Compiled by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the ‘QS Top 50 under 50’ is based on results from the QS World University Rankings 2014/15 which list the world’s top 800 universities. Umeå University jumped 22 places – to 267th - when the ranking was published last week.

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Editor: David Meyers