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Among the best in humanities

2. Nov 2018

The University of Iceland is among the 250 best universities in humanities according to a brand new list from Times Higher Education published 31 October. This is the second year in a row that the University of Iceland is placed on this distinguished list over humanities.

Times Higher Education publishes a list over the best universities in the world each autumn called Times Higher Education University Rankings. The University of Iceland has had a place on the list since its centennial in 2011, and is thus ranked among the best two percent universities worldwide.

Times Higher Education has in recent years also released an annual World University Rankings by subject, including arts and humanities. The University of Iceland was placed on that list for the first time last year when it was ranked between places 201-250. The University thus holds its place this year which is a great achievement considering the fierce competition between universities worldwide. 

The assessment takes all major research areas in the humanities into consideration, such as language studies, literature, linguistics, history, archaeology, philosophy, theology, architecture, and various art forms. The magazine’s evaluation covers numerous operational factors in the universities, including research activity, international impact, teaching, study environment, and international collaboration. Research and publishing traditions in each field of study receive special attention.

This is the second time in a short period of time that Times Higher Education confirms the University of Iceland's strong international standing in a certain field of study as the magazine recently published a list of the best universities in the world in social sciences; where the University was ranked for the second consecutive year between 251-300. 

The Times Higher Education list is one of the most influential and prestigious of its kind. The other one is the Shanghai Global Rankings; which the University of Iceland made for the first time last year. More lists from Times Higher Education on other fields of study will be published in November, including bioscience, psychology, medicine and public health sciences, natural sciences, engineering, technology, and computer science. 

Further information on the Times Higher Education World Rankings in the field of Social Sciences can be found on the THE's website.