The College of Friborg is the final in Switzerland within the Quacquarelli Symonds rating

Quacquarelli Symonds ranked last in Switzerland at the University of Friborg, which is between 571st and 580th out of 1418 academic institutions in the world. Zurich Polytechnic School ranks 9th worldwide.

A good last one in Switzerland, the University of Friborg does not necessarily have to be at the bottom of the world rankings. Photographic pretext © Charles Ellena

A good last one in Switzerland, the University of Friborg does not necessarily have to be at the bottom of the world rankings. Photographic pretext © Charles Ellena

Posted on 09/06/2022

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The University of Friborg ranks 571-580th (561-570) in this large study, which was the largest to date and brought together 1,418 academic institutions in 100 locations, according to an analyst statement on Wednesday. sector QS Quacquarelli Symonds. High forward, the Zurich Polytechnic (ETHZ) ranks 9th, losing out as the only non-English-speaking university to be among the top ten.

As for the other Swiss training centers, the Ecole polytechnique de Lausanne (EPFL) dropped from 14th to 16th place and the University of Zurich from 70th to 83rd place. All other Swiss universities are located behind the 100th place: Bernská is 120th (119th in 2022), Geneva 125th (105th) and Basel 136th (138th). Next we find the University of Lausanne in 203rd place (176th), Università della Svizzera Italiana in 240th place (=), the University of St. St. Gallen behind 501st place (459th).

The ranking is again dominated by American and British universities. For the eleventh year in a row, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA) has been at the top. It is followed by the University of Cambridge (GB) and the University of Stanford (USA). The Quacquarelli Symonds ranking is based on various indicators, including statistics from specialized publications. Surveys among scientists or employers are also taken into account.

University of Friborg Astrid Epiney recalls that university “assessments” such as Quacquarelli Symonds are based on information that universities are able to provide. “Some of them employ teams of 7 or 8 people to compile this data,” he explains. Freiburg does not have such striking power.

He adds that the number and importance of academic publications are among the main criteria for compiling this ranking. However, publications in English prefer companies like Quacquarelli Symonds, says the rector. The fact that we have a large letter faculty – this is the case in Friborg – can therefore be a disadvantage when one is outside the English-speaking sphere.

Astrid Epiney nevertheless admits that the University of Friborg will have to improve. “We will present our data better. He also points out that another Times Higher Education “ranking” recently ranked Friborg among the top 100 international universities in the world out of a total of around 17,000 facilities.

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