Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Collaboration Is Shot in the Arm for Institutions

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Collaboration Is Shot in the Arm for Institutions

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THE World University Rankings by subject: results announced for clinical, pre-clinical and health disciplines. Ellie Bothwell reports

Universities in continental Europe have boosted their standing in this year's Times Higher Education ranking for clinical, pre-clinical and health subjects.

Such institutions now make up almost a third of the top 100 list, with a total of 31 places compared with 24 last year.

Germany claims six universities in the table, up from two last year, while the Netherlands boasts seven, making it the third most-represented country, behind only the US and the UK.

The highest ranked university outside the UK and North American countries is the Karolinska Institute in Sweden at 13th place - its highest position in the subject rankings' six-year history - while its national rival, Uppsala University, has broken into the top 50 (48th place) for the first time.

Maria Masucci, deputy vice-chancellor of international affairs at the Karolinska Institute, said that the university is placing a "major focus on the development of [its] innovation system and collaboration with the biotech industry".

She also cited the Swedish higher education system, which she said encourages "independence, critical thinking [and] the capacity to adapt to an international work environment", as a reason why universities in the country excel in this area.

The success for institutions in central and northern Europe occurs as the strength of Anglo-American countries in this subject area continues to dwindle, mirroring the trend seen in the overall Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-16. …

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