Research Assessment Exercise (RAE)
Currently, KTH is conducting its third comprehensive Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2020-2021. Previous RAE processes were conducted in 2012 and 2008. The exercises are of significant strategic importance to KTH, as their primary purpose is to identify strengths and weaknesses and thus promote quality development and inform future strategy.
KTH has been working with the current RAE since 2019, and the project was planned to close in January 2021. However, due to the development surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic, the process was extended by one year. Project closing is now set for January/February 2022.
RAE2012 was led by Vice President for Research Björn Birgisson. KTH faculty and administration as well as external stakeholders were involved. The exercise comprised three main stages: a self-evaluation conducted by Units of Assessments at KTH (47 in all), a bibliometric analysis and an external evaluation conducted by over 100 internationally renowned experts divided into 13 panels. The panels visited KTH in June of 2012.
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The evaluation showed that:
- KTH has a strong impact and engagement with society and has many different ways of interacting with the society. More than half of the KTH research base was found to have an ‘outstanding impact and engagement with society’. This confirms that the research carried out at KTH continues to be taken forward effectively and to the benefit of society.
- KTH has a strong research base. Almost half of KTH research units were assessed to have a research output quality that is ‘world-leading’.
- KTH researchers have a strong tradition publishing in peer reviewed international journals and the impact of their publications is increasing. This is shown by an increase in the average field normalized citation rate (cf) which has grown from 1.18 in 2004 to 1.42 in 2010 (latest figures available).
In 2008, KTH undertook an international review of its research base and also conducted a bibliometirc analysis.
The evaluation showed that:
- KTH has a strong footprint as a technical research university and is able to take research findings forward into society. According to the international Experts, over half KTH’s research units excel in both basic and applied research.
- KTH has considerable research depth. Almost two thirds of KTH’s research groups produce basic research at the international top level. The citation impact of KTH publications is significantly above international reference levels.
- KTH is a successful innovation partner in Swedish society. Per unit of research expenditure, KTH now produces spin-offs at a rate comparable with MIT, Stanford and Cambridge and patenting levels match those seen at other top European universities. Two thirds of KTH’s research groups produce applied research at the international top level.