18 August 2014

DIKU rises in international rankings

University ranking

The University of Copenhagen and especially DIKU is doing really well in this year's Shanghai university ranking. From being number 42 last year UCPH now ranks as number 39, and DIKU, too, is performing better than ever before.

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) ranks 39th among all universities in the world according to the Shanghai ranking of 2014, also known as Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This placement is better than ever before and it places UCPH in front of any other Danish university (with Aarhus University ranking 74th) and 3rd on the list of continental European universities.

The Shanghai ranking is often cited as one of the more reliable ranking systems which, unlike other rankings, does not implicitly favour the US university system in its methodology - it praises itself as being “scientifically sound, stable and transparent”.

Top performance by DIKU 

The Department of Computer Science (DIKU) ranks 49th in the world. The criteria from which this conclusion has been reached are the number of alumni or staff winning the Turing Award, the number of highly cited researchers, the number of papers produced, and the percentage of these papers published in the top 20% of Computer Science journals. These objective indicators provide the grounds for a fair comparison.

One of the reasons that DIKU performs so well can be attributed to Professor Emeritus, Peter Naur, the founder of DIKU and inventor of the term ‘datalogy’, who received the Turing Award in 2005 for his pioneering work within, among other things, programming languages.