DTU is at the global forefront of biotechnology research. This is evident from the Shanghai Rankings ‘2022 Global Ranking of Academics Subjects’, which is an annual subjects ranking of the world’s top 500 universities within 54 different academic fields.
In the field of biotechnology, DTU maintains an impressive 3rd place in the world in 2022, only surpassed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After DTU, the second-highest ranking Danish university in the field is the University of Copenhagen, ranked 25th.
Strong collaboration with industry
To Provost at DTU Rasmus Larsen, the third place testifies to the excellent research standard within biotechnology at DTU.
“More than 25 years ago, DTU decided on a strategic focus on the parts of life science that were increasingly supported by technical science. Since then, we have been successful at attracting and retaining strong competences in the research environments in Denmark and from abroad. Significant initiatives such as DTU Biosustain (the Novo Nordisk Foundation’s Center for Biosustainability) and international collaborations have strengthened us further. And we are also leveraged by our strong ties to industry in close collaborations on developing biotechnological solutions as well as educating highly qualified engineers,” says Rasmus Larsen.
DTU’s biotechnological research also leaves its mark on the high number of publications of research articles and the number of employees in the field: Just under 1,000 employees work full or part time with biotechnology in a handful of departments at DTU, and according to a report from Web of Science of the years 2016-2020, approximately one third of DTU’s published research articles were related life science, which is the overall category with biotechnology being part of it in this report.