Part of the decline of the Karolinska Institute in Kantar Sifo & # 39; s measurements is clearly linked to the revelations of the scandalous surgeon Paolo Macchiarini. Before the Macchiarian scandal became world news, KI was high in the annual ratings of the analysts of the 20 colleges and universities of Sweden. The only two universities that surpassed KI in 2014 were the Chalmers University of Technology and KTH.
But since the Macchiarian scandal was discovered in the fall of 2015, KI has been released into the rankings and is today – together with the Södertörn and Mälardalen colleges – one of the three lowest universities in the country. Only this year, KI's reputation index has dropped by 11 points, giving a total of 52 points since 2014. The latest annual report from Kantar Sifo points to a clear link between KI & # 39; s pin and the current media coverage of research fraud in KI.
Full 70 percent of The audience responded to the analysts' questions that they had some news about AI. The percentage of respondents reporting on the other universities in the country is 38 percent. Kantar Sifo estimates that the report on research fraud – of which this year the fact that there are a total of seven researchers for corruption – is the cause of part of the damage – but not everything.
– The big robbery starts in the autumn of 2015 together with SVT's documentaries about Macchiarini and then continues with the management of the scandal and its aftermath. But much of the recent loss is also due to the fact that the Karolinska Institute of the Public has been merged with New Karolinska and the monitoring of the tours around it, "says Sonja von Lochow of Kantar Sifo.
Survey is based on girl interviewer with 3702 randomly selected people. The index consists of a combination of answers to questions about the general values of the respondents of the institutions, the trust and personal impressions of them and the perception of their quality and success. Since the discovery of the Macchiarian scandal, KI has been ripped into all demand categories.
At the same time, Sonja von Lochow wishes to emphasize that Kantar Sifo only measures the reputation of higher education institutions in general and that KI is still high in the academic world, both within and outside the Swedish borders.
– That said, the public image is very important. It is the public that chooses where they want to send their children to study. It is also the audience that chooses which party offers the best solutions for the problems they experience. Something that is especially important now that it is a year of choice, says Sonja von Lochow.
You will be taken into account at KI seriously on the low and falling trust of the public in the institution.
"It does not feel great at all and it is not satisfying, of course, that we have this self-confidence, and we are not doing it quietly," says Peter Andreasson, Press Manager at KI.
At the same time, he emphasizes – like the Kantar Sifo report – that KI still enjoys a very high reputation among students and researchers, both in Sweden and internationally.
"As a university, we can also measure our reputation by looking at the search pressure on our programs, and it is still very high, which is very important to us.
Peter Andreasson can See no other reasons for the corrupt opinion than those mentioned in the Kantar Sifo report: Macchiarinia affairs and name exchanges with Karolinska University Hospital.
– In the Macchiarian case we received a lot of legitimate criticism. But I also get daily phone calls from people who combine the Karolinska Institute and Karolinska Hospital – and it is a more difficult problem to worry about.
"There is nothing we can do but patiently explain that we are a state university – which is of course our burden of carrying – and that the university hospital of Karolinska is a district hospital.