The University of Copenhagen. Photo: Christoffer Regild
Denmark’s universities have a long way to go before being considered among the top education centres in the world.
For the third consecutive year, only one Danish university cracked the top 100 in the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR).
The nation’s top performing school, the University of Copenhagen (KU), was ranked number 79 in 2014 – a 13-spot drop from the year before.
The CWUR included four other Danish universities. Aarhus University was ranked number 119, the Technical University of Denmark came in at number 197, the University of Southern Denmark at number 352, and Aalborg University at number 593.
The CWUR list was dominated by American universities. The top three schools – Harvard, Stanford and MIT – are in the United States, as are 12 of the top 15.
KU’s ranking was enough to earn it 15th place among European universities. No other Danish university was among Europe’s top 30.
Denmark’s five universities among the top 1,000 in the world trailed behind neighbouring Germany and Sweden, which had 55 and 11 respectively, and equalled the number of Norwegian universities.
CWUR’s rankings are based upon eight indicators including the number of alumni who have won major international awards, published research papers in highly-influential journals, and who currently hold CEO positions at the world’s top companies. The entire list of the world’s top 1,000 universities can be seen here.