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Helsinki University rises in world rankings but still trails Scandinavian rivals

The Academic Ranking of World Universities now puts Helsinki University at joint 67th place, six places higher than last year but behind four other universities in Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

Exterior of the main building of the University of Helsinki.
Now the joint-67th best higher education institution in the world, according to new listings from Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Image: Jyki Lyytikkä / Yle

Helsinki University has risen six places in the latest international rankings published on Saturday, which claim it is the 21st best higher-education institution in Europe.

The Academic Ranking of World Universities, compiled by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, publishes an annual list of what it believes are the 500 best institutions worldwide.

Helsinki’s score puts it at joint 67th place, alongside Ohio State University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The placing ranks the three as being in the top 0.4 percent of the world’s 17,000 institutions.

However, Helsinki still trails fifth within the Nordic countries, with the University of Copehnagen, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Oslo University, and Uppsala coming ahead in the rankings.

Overall, Finland has six universities in the top 500, with Oulu and Turku being ranked between 3-400th, and Aalto, Eastern Finland and Jyväskylä coming in the final 100.

The number one spot again went to Harvard in the US, with the top 20 places almost exclusively going to North American or British universities, with only the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology  in Zurich making it in to number 20.

Last month another university league table, published by the Centre for World University Ratings, put the University of Helsinki much lower down the list, in 111th place.

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