KTH climbs on THE World University ranking
Amid several changes to the ranking methodology, KTH jumps from 155th to 97th position
In the most recent Times Higher Education ranking, KTH ranked as the 97th best university in world. Topped by University of Oxford, the ranking includes 1904 institutions worldwide.
The universities are measured on 17 performance indicators that gauge an institution’s performance across five areas: teaching, research environment, research quality, industry and international outlook.
KTH has seen an across-the-board improvement in its scores, including a climb in the industry category from 210th to 89th. This ascent can be chiefly attributed to a novel patent metric that quantifies the extent to which a university's research findings are cited in patents.
KTH also improves on the research quality indicator, jumping from 510 last year to 299 today. The research quality pillar examines universities’ role in spreading new knowledge and ideas. This is measured through citation impact, research strength, research excellence and research influence.
“This is really good news,” says Mikael Lindström , Deputy President of KTH.
“It shows that KTH is on the right track concerning our research and education. It proves that hard work and great commitment among our faculty, staff and students bring fantastic results.”
The 2024 rankings have undergone substantial methodological revisions. Notably, the "Citation" indicator has been rebranded as "Research quality," and its evaluation criteria now encompass a broader range of parameters beyond mere citations. The "Industry income" indicator has been relabeled as "Industry" and now includes a patent measure.
KTH also climbs on the national ranking, ending second after Karolinska Institute, compared to fourth last year.
Text: Sturle Hauge Simonsen