The University of Iceland is ranked between 126-150 in the field of physical sciences, and among the top 250 in the field of physical sciences on the new Times Higher Education University Rankings. The University is, furthermore, ranked between 250-300 in the field of psychology, and among the top 500 in clinical, pre-clinical and health. The University of Iceland has never been ranked on as many of the world's top universities in individual fields, or eight in total.
The Times Higher Education has been publishing lists of the best Universities in individual fields of study as well as their list of the overall strength of universities. 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.
The Times Higher Education published their four latest lists this morning in individual fields of study; i.e. life sciences, physical sciences, clinical, pre-clinical and health, and psychology.
The evaluation of Times Higher Education of the best universities in the field of life sciences comprises the University's performance in various subjects; biology, sport and health sciences, agriculture and veterinary medicine. Over 820 universities are listed on the Times Higher Education list in this field and the University of Iceland is placed between 126-150, the same as last year.
The evaluation of Times Higher Education of the best universities in the field of physical sciences comprises mathematics, statistics, physics, astrophysics, and chemistry, as well as earth sciences, environmental science and oceanography. The University is among the 250 in this field out of 1,054 universities.
Psychology at the University of Iceland is placed on the list for the second time, now ranking between 251-300, as opposed to 301-400 last year. A total of 500 universities are ranked on the list in that field this year.
The Times Higher Education Rankings highlight the universities that are leading across medicine, dentistry and other health sciences. The ranking includes 775 universities in the field. The University of Iceland is ranked between 401-500 in this field.
In addition to being placed on the Times Higher Education University Rankings of the best universities in the world in the above mentioned fields the University was ranked in the following fields earlier this autumn:
- 151 -200 best in the field of engineering and technology
- 251 -300 best in the field of social sciences
- 251 -300 best in the field of humanities
- 301 -400 best in the field of educational sciences
"This is very good news for the University of Iceland. All of the University schools are ranked among the top universities according to Times Higher Education. This is an impressive achievement and a great encouragement for both University staff and students. The ranking has never been better. I encourage the government to continue to strengthen the University and thus Iceland's competitiveness. An investment in university education is an investment in the future," says Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland.
The Times Higher Education list is one of the most influential and prestigious of its kind. Another highly respected one is the so-called ShanghaiRanking, and the University of Iceland is the only university in the country to be ranked on both lists.
Further information on the Times Higher Education World Rankings in the field of life sciences, physical sciences, psychology, and health sciences can be found on the THE's website.