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UiB among most quoted universities

Only 68 universities worldwide are quoted more often than the University of Bergen (UiB). “This says a lot about the outreach of our research internationally,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

Rector Dag Rune Olsen, University of Bergen
LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY: “I believe that a sustained effort to improve the quality of our research and education is what pays off in the long run,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen about his and the university’s approach to international rankings.
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On Tuesday 10 September the numbers from the QS World University Rankings were published. QS compare thousands of universities using a complex method and also interviewing thousands of scholars worldwide.

This is the second major international university ranking system to be published this autumn, after the 2013 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) – often referred to as the Shanghai Ranking – which was published in August. On 3 October the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking will conclude the seasonal ranking of the world’s universities.

Research breaking through

Just like last year, UiB is ranked highly for citations of research papers. UiB is ranked as number 69 in this part of the QS ranking.

“This is important for us as it speaks volumes about the impact of and the interest in our research on an international level,” says Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

In the overall QS ranking, UiB slips slightly from 145th to 151st place. Yet two of UiB’s bigger faculties – Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Social Sciences – rise in this year’s ranking, showcasing the diversity of the research and education at UiB. Rector Olsen expressed his delight at the gains made by the two faculties.

“Above all this year’s QS ranking shows that UiB’s research and education remains on a high international level,” he says.

Quality means long-term gains

Olsen points out that reputation is a significant component of the QS rankings and that UiB will always struggle to compete against older and larger universities.

“We do not plan to implement specific measures to rise in the rankings. Instead we believe that a sustained effort to improve the quality of research and education also pays off in such rankings in the long run,” Rector Dag Rune Olsen says.

(Translation: Sverre Ole Drønen.)