KTH Royal Institute of Technology: KTH maintains Top 250 status in Times Higher Education ranking

Overall, the university was ranked 239th among more than 1,500 higher education institutions worldwide. The THE ranking rates institutions in five dimensions and with 13 indicators. KTH’s international profile shows a steady and positive trend (2021: 100; 2020: 107), while the Industry income dimension, which measures collaboration, showed a sharp rise (2021: 196; 2020: 354) after doubling reported figures.

Among top 100 in internationalization
A high proportion of international researchers and students elevated KTH among the 100 most international higher education institutions, in the THE ranking. Higher revenue from the business community led to the biggest improvement of the year, while the citations indicator represented the weakest link, according to the THE.

“We’re glad to see the recognition of our work with recruiting international students and researchers and promoting strategic partnerships and industrial collaborations,” says KTH Deputy President Mikael Östling. “But we know KTH can get a higher place in the overall THE ranking. It comes down to building on these strengths and, importantly, raising the visibility of our research output.”

Teaching reputation is growing
Among dimensions that account for 90 percent of the result (teaching, research and citations), KTH improved its position (2021: 167; 2020: 172) in research, thanks to increased research reputation.

Teaching reputation is also a heavy indicator and the trend shows a stable and positive movement.

“That’s what it’s all about—our students are getting an excellent education, and our teaching reputation is getting the appreciation it deserves,” he says.

However, the dimension as a whole is declining due to a reduction in the number of doctoral degrees. The indicator with the weakest results was citations—a decline of about 80 places—which accounts for 30 percent of the overall ranking. Other indicators with a smaller share of weight (publications per staff and research income to academic staff) show small movements and the trend picture is positive.

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