The University of Oulu is among the top 500 universities in the world by its scientific functions. In the annual ARWU Rankings, ie. the Shanghai list, the University remains at rank 301–400. The quality of the functions is measured for example by the number of quoted researchers and science articles.
The University ranks higher in a separate list of medical science, where it is at 101–150.
There are five Finnish universities on the ARWU Ranking list, as there were last year. The University of Helsinki is at 73, and the University of Turku is tied with Oulu at 301–400. The top 50 has 36 American universities, with Harvard at number one.
The ranking list is compiled by Jiao-Tong university in Shanghai.