University rankings – to what use?

Jiao Tong University in Shanghai annually ranks approximately 12,000 higher education institutions worldwide. In this year’s ranking presented on 15 August, three Swedish universities – Karolinska Institute, Uppsala University and Stockholm University – rank among the world’s top 100. What does the ranking of universities, researchers and students mean in practice?

On September 1, Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and CIRCLE Lund University arrange a joint seminar on the benefit of university rankings. Professor Koen Frenken, Utrecht University, presents an article on the topic.

The seminar will discuss:

  • What should a university ranking observe?
  • What criteria does it use?
  • Comparison of university rankings
  • What do university rankings mean for universities, scientists and students in practice?

Full program


Björn Asheim, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Ron Boschma, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Pontus Braunerhjelm, Managing Director Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum and Professor KTH
Charles Edquist, Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Olof Ejermo, Associate Professor, CIRCLE Lund University
Per Eriksson, Vice Chancelor, Lund University
Koen Frenken, Professor Utrecht University
Peter Honeth, Secretary of State, Department of Education
Anders Malmberg, Deputy Vice Chancellor Uppsala University
Sylvia Schwaag Serger, Director International Strategy, VINNOVA
Sven Stafström, General Director, The Swedish Research Council
Don Westerheijden, Senior Research Associate, Center for Higher Education Policy Studies

When: Monday September 1, 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm with following mingle
Where: Room 206, Main University building, Paradisgatan 2, Lund (map)

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