Rankings - facts and figures

University of Copenhagen: 7th best university in Europe

according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities - ShanghaiRanking (ARWU).

What is rankings?

Each year a number of international rankings are published that seek to compare the World’s universities with each other. These rankings assess, among other things, the scope and quality of the universities' research and the quality of the teaching.

The University of Copenhagen has chosen primarily to follow four of the most influential rankings:

How does UCPH rank?

The University of Copenhagen is the highest-ranking university in Denmark and often the highest-ranking University in the Nordic Region.

The University of Copenhagen ranks among the top 1 percent of the World's universities.

University of Copenhagen's ranking by geographical region*

Ranking Denmark Nordic Region Europe The World
ARWU - Shanghai  (2020) 1 1 7 33
CWTS Leiden Ranking** (2020) 1 1 6 39
QS - Quacquarelli Symonds (2021) 1 1 22 76
THE - Times Higher Education (2021) 1 2 30 84

*  The listed years mirror the years indicated in the ranking.
** Number of publications in the top 10 per cent of most cited publications.

How are rankings calculated?

The methods behind rankings varies and some rankings adjust their method annually. Despite their limitations, rankings have considerable influence on a university's international reputation.

Read more about the methods behind the four rankings that the University of Copenhagen follows:

 

 

 

 

Previous positions

University of Copenhagen has had a positive development in some rankings over the past ten years, while positions in other rankings have varied.

University of Copenhagen’s World rankings since 2010

Year QS THE Leiden ARWU
2021 76 84 - -
2020 81 101 39 33
2019 79 116 36 26
2018 73 109 39 29
2017 68 120 41 30
2016 69 82 43 30
2015 45 160 49 35
2014 45 150 47 39
2013 - 130 52 42
2012 51 135 59 44
2011 52 177 62 43
2010 45 - - 40