UiB is Norway’s most cited

UiB is once again Norway's most cited university. That was the result of a major new survey. On a worldwide basis, UiB has also climbed up the rankings due to frequently cited and international researchers.

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The University of Bergen has again been included among the world’s top 200 universities in the prestigious QS World University Rankings. UiB has been able to remain in this group since 2009 and this year climbed several places in the table. UiB moved up a total of 13 places from the previous year and is therefore now ranked number 164. While UiB improved its ranking, the University of Oslo fell from number 113 to 142. NTNU remained at number 259.

Scores highly for citations and international staff

The QS World University Rankings use six indicators to rank the universities. UiB scored particularly well in the two areas concerning citations and international researchers. This was to the delight of Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

“Citations are the closest we can get to an objective measurement of academic quality. The fact that we again did so well in this field is something that is important for us. We are also a university with clear international ambitions and we are pleased to have international researchers and an international research community. This is also again demonstrated in these results from QS,” Olsen said    

Marine research community among the world’s elite

Earlier this spring, QS World University Rankings published results based on specialist fields. UiB’s marine research community particularly distinguished itself and was ranked number 37 in the world.

Read about this here: The marine research community at UiB is among the worlds best 

“In all honesty, I’m not very surprised that we did so well. I think this is due to us having a unique marine research community here in Bergen,” says Professor Dag Aksnes from UiB. The biologist himself was recently published in Science Advances with an article that uncovers how light controls the world's largest ocean migrations.

“We have a strong tradition for marine research and a strong academic community at UiB. We also work well together with the other institutions here. I also think that good international contacts help us to present our research on an international stage.

“Must have something to show for the work.”

Professor Aksnes himself says that he does not think very strategically when concerning citations, but that he also considers it important that he and others reach as many as possible with their research results.

“One should not look blindly at citations, but it is important that people and other researchers are aware of new findings. I think the most important factors in this context are robust and interesting results. After all, delivering high-quality research results is the most important basis on which to be cited. I of course work actively to have my research published, but the most important thing is having something to show for the work, “ Aksnes says.    

Marine research is one of UiB’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 communities.

In addition to Earth & Marine Sciences, UiB is among the top 100 in two other specialist fields. Both archaeology and anthropology are ranked between 51 and 100, which are excellent rankings when considering the company.

Establishing contacts in New York

This week, Marine Director Amund Måge attended the United Nation’s Ocean Conference in New York. 

“This simply highlights how important it is to build international networks. Here in New York, we are using the opportunity to enter into new partnerships with universities and research institutes from the entire world,” Måge says, and adds:

“Not least, we see how important it is to work actively to position ourselves in our priority areas: marine, climate and energy restructuring and global societal challenges. At the ocean conference we enter into several collaborative agreements in these areas.”


The QS World University Rankings are considered by many to be one of the three major university rankings together with Shanghai and Times Higher Education. 

At the very top of this year’s rankings are three American universities - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford and Harvard. The best European university is the University of Cambridge which was ranked number five.

“Even though the importance of these rankings can of course be discussed, they contribute to providing recognition to the many accomplished employees at UiB,” says Olsen, who is proud of the fact that in QS’ general rankings, UiB distinguished itself in a positive manner and has also improved the most in terms of ranking compared with the other Norwegian universities

See the full list of rankings here: QS World University Rankings