Riga Technical University takes part in many national and international ratings and comparison tools. International ratings promote healthy competition among universities; they may be of use for future students choosing a university to study.
Ratings allow RTU to assess its achievements according to the international criteria and weigh itself against other higher education institutions in Latvia and abroad.
Based on the ranks received within various ratings it is possible to make conclusions on the current performance and set new goals concerning organization of the study process, research activities and overall sustainable development and progress of the university.
RTU is ranked in the following international ratings: QS Stars University Ratings, QS University Rankings: EECA, U-Multirank, UI GreenMetric Ranking, 4International Colleges & Universities, Worldwide Professional University Rankings, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and other.
Recognizing the effort taken by the university in the field of energy efficiency, sustainability and environment protection, Riga Technical University (RTU) was ranked 170 in the Green Metric World University Ranking on Sustainability in 2015. RTU is the only university in Latvia that was ranked as highly.
The rating ranks higher education institutions (HEIs) from all over the world on the basis of their commitment to reducing harmful impact on the environment and solution of sustainability issues. The rating highly evaluated energy efficient infrastructure of RTU, the implemented waste sorting policy, use of environmentally friendly vehicles – electric cars, as well as landscaped campus in Ķīpsala. It was also recognized that RTU implements numerous study programs in environmental sciences, and that the university is involved in many environment research projects. Green thinking is also promoted by RTU students, who organize, for example, national level eco-orientation competitions.
RTU Rector Academician Leonid Ribickis notes, «RTU Campus is one of the most modern and well-equipped facilities in the Baltic States. We develop not only modern laboratories and premises, but also green landscaped environment appealing to the students. In addition, RTU promotes research related to environment and water purification, power generation from renewable resources, thus we are really proud that RTU has been ranked among the greenest universities in the world.»
The Green Metric World University Ranking was launched in 2010. It was established because no other rating at that time accounted for such criterion as the efforts taken by the HEI to reduce carbon emissions, thus helping overcome global climate change.
The aim of the rating is to demonstrate the current progress HEIs make in Green Campus development and general sustainability maintenance. 407 universities were ranked in 2015. Other Latvian HEIs that were ranked include Daugavpils University – 284th position, Rezekne University College – 338th position, University of Latvia – 343rd position, and Vidzemes University College – 356th position. RTU managed to receive higher ranking than such universities as the University of California, Dresden University of Technology, Glasgow Caledonian University and other. RTU has been included in the rating since 2012.
U-Multirank is a new multidimensional user-oriented international university comparison tool. It is used to compare university performance in five areas: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement.
According to U-Multirank rating, in 2016 Riga Technical University received 11 top level evaluations – A “very good” and B “good” in the following areas:
U-Multirank uses a letter grading scale (from A to E, where A is «very good» and E is «weak», respectively) to compare universities considering each indicator included in the rating.
One of the main aims of U-Multirank is to help potential and mobile students compare universities making their choice on enrollment or mobility program. U-Multirank is designed in such a way that any user can compile a personalized rating, choosing the criteria according to their desires and needs. Students from the universities featured in the rating get actively involved in compiling U-Multirank. Students are invited to express their opinion about their university, their study program and their learning experience. Student survey run by U-Multirank is one of the most representative surveys in the world with regard to the number of respondents, which accounts for 85,000 students.
U-Multirank differs from traditional ratings with regard to its compilation principles. It has been designed as a comparison tool, and the user can individually specify the criteria to compare the universities. Comparison can be made with regard to a university as a whole and considering each particular field of studies separately.
U-Multirank is based on the methodology that accounts both for diversity of the HEIs and different aspects of university excellence in the international context. The data used for the compilation of the rating comes from numerous sources: data provided by the institutions, international bibliometric and patent data base information, as well as student surveys.
U-Multirank rating was first drawn in 2014; it covered more than 850 HEIs and 5,000 study programs from more than 70 countries. Development of U-Multirank was co-financed by the European Union.
International university rating QS Stars highly ranked RTU education quality, employability of the graduates and internationalization, attesting excellence and international prestige of RTU. On the whole, university performance was evaluated considering eight categories, and RTU received the highest evaluation – five stars – in six of them.
In addition to the categories mentioned, RTU also received five stars in such areas as study environment, innovations, and engagement. The rating also considered research conducted at a university and its expertise. Each of the eight categories is divided into numerous sub-categories. For example, within the category of study quality such sub-categories as the level of student satisfaction with the university as a whole and with the studies in particular, as well as further education opportunities, are addressed.
RTU Rector Leonid Ribickis maintains, «The assessment demonstrated by this rating repeatedly attests that RTU is ranked among the best universities of technology in Europe. The highest five star rating for the indicators concerning study process, employment, internationalization, premises and equipment supply attests that RTU educates and trains internationally competitive specialists in high demand in the labor market. RTU is the largest university in Latvia in terms of the number of students, and our study programs are also popular among foreign students. At present, the number of international students at RTU exceeds 10% of the total number of students.»
In the area of employment, graduate employment indicators and career advancement service received top scores. In the field of internationalization, RTU received maximal scores in several sub-categories, including «International Research Cooperation», «International Diversity» and «Ration of Incoming Students».
Considering university environment, sports facilities provided by RTU, IT infrastructure, accessible learning environment and significant number of student organizations gained special recognition. In the field of innovations, RTU received maximal scores in all sub-categories – number of patents registered by RTU, field research, number of spin-off enterprises were highly evaluated. In the area of social engagement, opportunities ensured by RTU, university scholarships and bursaries and RTU support to the students from low income families deserved special credit.
QS Stars is a rating system, which allows students to develop better understanding with regard to the quality of the institution, covering such issues as graduate employment indicators, sports facilities, and public engagement. The system has been developed to account for the university mission and give students the opportunity to obtain information, which is not generally provided by traditional ratings. Providing evaluation, QS Stars audit assesses more than 50 different university performance indicators.
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QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking
In 2016, Riga Technical University was ranked 64th in QS EECA ranking among 200 leading universities.
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Ranking is a regional rating compiled by QS World University Rankings (QS). QS EECA Ranking was first published in 2014. At present, it lists top 200 universities in the region.
QS University Ranking is one of the world most influential university ratings, which provides information on 800 world leading universities. The rating is drawn to give students who are willing to study at world best universities the opportunity to make an informed choice.
On the whole, QS compiles five regional ratings:
Drawing QS EECA Ranking, universities are assessed taking into consideration a total of nine factors, which ensure a university would be listed in the rating:
Rīgas Tehniskā universitāte (RTU) pirmoreiz ir iekļuvusi prestižajā starptautiskajā reitingā «The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17», kurā īpaši augstu ir novērtēta RTU sadarbība ar industriju un uzņēmējiem. Reitingā ir iekļautas pašas labākās pasaules universitātes, novērtējot to sniegumu studijās, zinātnē, sadarbībā ar industriju un internacionalizācijā.
«RTU ir tehnoloģiju universitāte, tādēļ īpaši svarīga ir sadarbība ar uzņēmējiem, jo RTU zinātnieku radītos inovatīvos produktus ir nepieciešams komercializēt un ieviest ražošanā Latvijā vai ārzemēs. Šis reitings ir apliecinājums, ka RTU ir ierindojuma starp pasaulē labākajām universitātēm un ir atvērta sadarbībai ar industriju. Inženierzinātņu un augsto tehnoloģiju augstskolai ir atbildība kopā ar industriju veicināt valsts tautsaimniecības attīstību. Esam gandarīti, ka prestižā starptautiskajā reitingā ir augstu novērtēts tieši šis RTU pīlārs,» saka RTU rektors akadēmiķis Leonīds Ribickis.
Reitingā universitātes sadarbība ar industriju tiek vērtēta pēc tā, cik lielus ienākumus augstskola ir guvusi no zināšanu pārneses. RTU sadarbībā ar uzņēmējiem top gan jauni produkti, kas tiek ieviesti tirgū, gan arī paši RTU zinātnieki veido savus uzņēmumus, kuri komercializē zinātnieku radītās inovācijas. Sadarbība ar uzņēmumiem RTU notiek arī RTU Padomnieku konventā, kurā darbojas Latvijas uzņēmumu vadītāji. Viņi konsultē RTU vadību, nosakot universitātes darbības stratēģiskos virzienus atbilstoši valsts tautsaimniecības vajadzībām.
RTU reitingā ierindojusies universitāšu grupā 800+. «Pasaulē ir vairāk nekā 20 000 augstākās izglītības iestāžu, tāpēc atrasties šajā reitingā starp 980 labākajām ir liels sasniegums – tas demonstrē piederību mazai globālai elitei,» saka «The Times Higher Education World University Rankings» redaktors Fils Beitijs (Phil Baty).
«The Times Higher Education World University Rankings» ir viens no pasaules ietekmīgākajiem universitāšu reitingiem. Šogad tā pirmo vietu ieņem Oksfordas universitāte. Latvijas Universitāte tāpat kā RTU ir ierindota reitinga 800+ grupā.
Riga Technical University (RTU) is placed in the group of universities ranked 201–250 in one of the world’s leading university rankings – Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017 TOP 300.
RTU Rector, academician Leonīds Ribickis emphasizes: «Being among the world’s 250 best emerging economies universities proves that in recent years scientific research results of RTU are recognized not only in Latvia, but also worldwide. This success is even brighter by the fact that we are ahead of many better-funded universities, thanks to RTU academic staff and students’ intentions and vigor.»
RTU accession to THE BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017 TOP 300 is an important event not only for RTU, but also for the Latvian higher education system as a whole, as it proves its international competitiveness. Ranking results indicate that RTU is one of the 50 emerging economies universities, and one of 41 public universities included in the list of the finalists or top 300 universities.
The ranking results published on 30 November are based on university performance, which is estimated according to five areas of activity, and the rank is determined by the total assessment: studies (study environment – 30%), research (volume, income and reputation – 30%), citation (research impact – 20%), international perspective (staff, students, research – 10%) and industry income (knowledge transfer – 10%). Ranking methodology has been developed, with special emphasis on university cooperation with industry and the international perspective assessment, because exactly these indicators are particularly important in the context of emerging economies.
Peking University (China) is ranked 1st in THE BRICS rankings this year, followed by Tsinghua University (China) in the 2nd place, and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) in the 3rd place. Apart from RTU, the University of Latvia is placed in the group of universities ranked 201–250.