Times Higher Education released its European Rankings for 2018. The recent years have seen a steady increase in the teaching quality and research in Scandinavian countries, especially in Finland and Sweden. The developments can also be noticed in the results for this year’s top 200 European university rankings.
Sweden and Finland are getting very good results relative to their population size and GDP, with 6 and 3 institutions respectively in top 200. Denmark also features 3 successful universities in the 2018 rankings.
Top 15 universities in Scandinavian countries
Here are the best 15 Scandinavian universities featured in the top 200 European universities by Times Higher Education Rankings 2017. The first 12 of these universities are actually present in the top 100, confirming the high-quality education, research and services universities provide to their students.
- Karolinska Institute - Sweden
- Uppsala University - Sweden
- University of Helsinki - Finland
- Lund University - Sweden
- Aarhus University - Denmark
- University of Copenhagen - Denmark
- University of Oslo - Norway
- Technical University of Denmark - Denmark
- KTH Royal Institute of Technology - Sweden
- Aalto University - Finland
- University of Gothenburg - Sweden
- Aalborg University - Denmark
- University of Bergen - Norway
- Chalmers University of Technology - Sweden
- Copenhagen Business School - Denmark
- Ranked universities in Sweden;
- Ranked universities in Norway;
- Ranked universities in Denmark;
- Ranked universities in Finland.
Top reasons for international success of universities in Scandinavian universities
Education industry analysts agree that success of Scandinavian higher education (especially Finland and Sweden) is due to a number of key factors:
- Strong degree courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels can be found in most Finnish universities, resulting in good overall reputation
- For a non-Anglophone country, Sweden has a high level of English language skills - an advantage when it comes to publishing research papers.
- Universities offer education and conduct research with practical applications in mind, forming a strong bond with communities.
- Free tuition for most European students, with 85% of funding for Swedish higher education coming from the government.
- Institutions are relatively free to determine their own organisational structures, deciding on their own how to allocate their budget.
- Cooperation between universities, including the use of joint research facilities. The majority of research students are employees and members of the academic community.
- Most universities in Scandinavian countries maintain strong industry connections. A good example is Swedish higher education, with links to companies like Ericsson, AstraZeneca, Tetra Pak, Alfa Laval, power firm ABB, Volvo or Saab Group.
- Generous investment in research from governments.