The marine research community at the University of Bergen is among the world's best

The University of Bergen has success in the QS university rankings, based on subject areas. Within the category of marine research, the University of Bergen was named the 37th best in the world.

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In the annual QS university rankings, the University of Bergen is successful in several categories, and in particular within the category Earth & Marine Sciences. Two years ago the University of Bergen ranked number 42 in this category and last year there was a slight decrease to between 51 and 100. But this year the University of Bergen climbed strongly and it is now ranked number 37 in the world. 

- This shows that our academic communities in the field of marine research are among the best in the world. These are important areas for the University of Bergen, for Bergen and for Norway and we are therefore pleased that we are so far ahead in this area, says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

Apart from the University of Bergen, only the University of Oslo can boast a subject area ranking as high as 37.  

- It's also nice that we in several of our most important disciplines, did better in this ranking than other universities in Norway it would be natural to compare us with, says Dag Rune Olsen. 

Three subject areas within the top 100

In addition to Earth & Marine Sciences, the University of Bergen is inside the top 100 in two other subject areas. Both archaeology and anthropology are ranked between 51 and 100, which is a very good ranking for this company. Both these subject areas were ranked at the same level last year. 

Nine subject areas are considered among the top 200 in the world, the same number as in last year's rankings.  

In total, the University of Bergen is ranked as one of the world's elite universities in 21 of 46 possible areas. 

Long tradition

Marine research is one of the University of Bergen's three priority areas for the period 2016-2022. The University of Bergen is Norway's largest marine university, with high quality international research and education and with several world class research environments.

Marine research also has a long tradition at the University of Bergen, where it goes back to the 19th century and the marine research that was undertaken by Bergen Museum.

Comprehensively cited

This year is the seventh consecutive year that the QS World University Rankings by Subject will be announced. In this year's rankings, QS has evaluated subject areas at 4,438 higher education institutions throughout the world. 3,098 of these qualified to be included in the rankings, with 1,117 institutions eventually being ranked. 

As part of the ranking work, 127 million citations in scientific journals are analysed, and the University of Bergen did particularly well in terms of citations.    

- The results from QS show again that we do especially well internationally when one looks at the impact of our research, measured in citations. Citations are as close as one can get to an objective measure of scientific quality and we are therefore very pleased that we are doing very well in this field, says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.