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International rankings

The international rankings state the universities’ positions in relation to one another in accordance with different criteria.
The criteria vary from list to list; some lists attach importance to the age and size of the university; some weigh a Nobel prize highly; others look at international publication of research, typically within a limited number of academic fields, for example natural and health sciences. Very few lists attach any great importance in their rankings to education or knowledge dissemination, which the University of Southern Denmark considers to be important tasks for a Danish university. It is therefore difficult to deduce anything about the quality of a university as a whole from these international rankings.

The University of Southern Denmark appears on all the more extensive ranking lists of the best universities in the world and the table below shows the placing of the university on the most widely mentioned international rankings. With the above-named reservations about the value of these rankings in a Danish context, it is nevertheless pleasing to be able to note that the University of Southern Denmark is doing well both nationally and internationally as one of the 17,000 best universities in the world.

Ranking

2011

2012

2013

2014

Leiden, Crown indicator

192

NA

188

253

Shanghai ARWU

289

280

277

301-400

QS Top Universities

311

318

311

308

THE World Universities Ranking

267

282

293

301-350

Taiwan Ranking World Universities

223

242

264

-

URAP

260

258

239

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