UiB research making an impact

The University of Bergen (UiB) is the 56th most quoted university in the world, according to the new QS rankings.

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RISE IN THE QUOTATIONS: A rising number of University of Bergen (UiB) research is being quoted in international journals.

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On Tuesday 16 September, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) published the 2014 QS World University Rankings.

First compiled in 2004, the QS World University Rankings currently considers over 2,000 institutions, and ranks over 800. The top 400 are ranked individually, whereas those placed 401 and over are ranked in groups.

The QS ranking is the second of the three main university rankings to be announced this year. The 2014 Shanghai ranking was made public in August and the Times Higher Education ranking is due in October.

This year UiB is ranked number 155 on the overall QS rankings, whereas a year ago UiB was number 151. This puts the university among the top four universities worldwide, according to QS.


Most quoted university in Norway

It is however in the category of quotations that UiB excel. The university has the 56th most citations per faculty in the world, and has the most citations per faculty of any university in Norway.

“Our overall ranking is more or less unchanged from 2013, but we are doing even better than last year when it comes to quotations,” says UiB’s Rector Dag Rune Olsen.

Last year UiB was the 69th most quoted university in the world.

“This numbers show that our research has impact with researchers internationally. With this being an objective measure, this is also a tangible sign of how important our research is,” says the UiB rector.


Impact is most important

Olsen points out that UiB does not score as highly as some other universities in the QS reputation survey. This part of the QS methodology is heavily weighted in the ranking results, and are based on interviews conducted with employers and academic staff.

“This is a very subjective category. I consider the impact of the research to be the most substantial part of the ranking, and in this regard UiB is moving in the right direction,” Olsen says.

He stresses that UiB will not change its strategy to accommodate rankings such as this.

“I believe that as long as we work long-term to improve the quality of research and education, we will also rise in the rankings,” he says.

(Translated from the Norwegian by Sverre Ole Drønen.)