Academic strength

Reykjavik University has a clear and progressive research strategy and stands first among equals in Iceland when it comes to research in its main academic fields. Overall research activity is constantly rising as is the number of publications in peer-reviewed outlets.

These achievements can be explained by many factors in the University´s working conditions and environment.  For instance, scientists adhere to recognised international research standards and RU has developed one of Iceland's largest and most advanced electronic libraries with excellent access to databases and e-journals in all of RU's fields of study. Here are a few more factors worth mentioning:

EU Human Resource Strategy in Research

Reykjavik University is the first Icelandic university to participate in a formal implementation program of the European Commission policy regarding the working environment of researchers. RU has made a commitment to adapt its overall human resources strategy and the working environment of its researchers to certain principles in line with EU policy in this area. 

International perspective

According to the research strategy, researchers must be active participants in the international research community, and research must meet the demanding requirements of said community. An important indicator of research success is the publishing of results in established peer-reviewed outlets and all researchers at RU should strive to achieve international recognition for their work. The quality of the research work is best ensured via peer-review in academic forums.

Annual evaluation

An assessment of research activities within RU's academic schools is conducted annually by a panel of international experts. The panel members are asked to base their evaluation and hence their rating primarily on the quantity/quality of research output in peer-reviewed outlets. The panel is asked to note all comparison to the international research community in each field and impact, also witnessed by citations, derived work, advising of doctoral students/post-docs, grants and status (roles as editor, PC member/organiser of conferences, examiner of PhD thesis, etc.). The result of the annual assessment is the basis for allocation of research funds from the Ministry of Education and Culture between the academic schools.

Research Council

Reykjavik University has a very effective research council. Members are representatives from academic schools and the committee chair, appointed by the President of Reykjavik University. The council formulates the University's research strategy and provides advice to the President of Reykjavik University and RU Executive Committee for implementing the strategy.

Statistics from the RU Annual Research Assessment 2011-2016

  2011 2012 2013 2014 20152016
Number of peer reviewed publication pr. academic FTE* annually 3,6 3,8 4,5 4,4 4,6 5,7
Number of peer reviewed publication pr. academic FTE* annually - "core faculty"  4,1 4,5 4,9 5,3 5,0 5,3
Grant revenues pr. academic FTE* (thousand ISK) 2.171 2.562 1.693 2.689 3.502 3.928
Grant revenues pr. academic FTE* - "core faculty" (thousand ISK) 2.830 3.490 2.384 3.627 4.9195.065
Government research funding pr. academic FTE* (thousand ISK) 4.778 5.011 5.174 4.865 4.551 5.449
Government research funding pr. academic FTE* "core faculty" (thousand ISK) 6.228 6.825 7.287 6.562 6.391 7.025
Proportion of "core faculty" who hold a PhD degree 79% 80% 82% 83% 88% 89%

* Full-time equivalent

Graphical presentation of publication statistics

The total number of publications in peer-reviewed outlets has markedly increased between the years 2007-2016, see figures below and the external financing of research at RU has systematically been strengthened by significantly increasing efforts to obtain research support from domestic and foreign sources, see figures below.

Publications-in-peer-reviewed-outlets-per-faculty-2007-2016Publications in peer-reviewed outlets per faculty 2007-2016


Publications-in-peer-reviewed-outlets-2007-2016Publications in peer-reviewed outlets 2007-2016

Grants-from-the-Icelandic-Research-Fund-2007-2016Grants from the Icelandic Research Fund 2007 - 2016

Foreign-grants-revenue-2007-2016Foreign grants revenue 2007 - 2016


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