Riga Technical University (RTU), compared to last year, has climbed to the 701–750 place in the «QS World University Rankings 2020», and this indicator is the highest out of all evaluation results of the three Latvian universities included in the ranking. The other two Latvian universities remained in the 801–1000 place range. RTU earned the highest praise for its engagement of foreign students, reputation among employers, and has improved its international prestige.
The ranking includes 1001 best universities in the world from 82 countries. Higher education institutions were assessed taking into consideration six criteria: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students.
RTU received the highest appraisal for its increase of foreign students, ranking 437th in the global assessment, while for its employer reputation RTU ranked 449th, and the increase of the international faculty that ranked RTU as 543rd, is also of importance. The international faculty ratio indicator is the one where RTU has shown the most rapid growth, increasing its position by 39 places since last year.
RTU has been included in the «QS World University Rankings» for the third year in a row. Other universities from Latvia that are included in the ranking are University of Latvia and Rīga Stradiņš University, which both, same as last year, remained in 801–1000 range.
The assessment of Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys. Employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed their opinion about RTU, and this fact only underlines the international significance of this prestigious ranking. The performance of higher education institutions in the remaining four criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that was verified according to internationally available information.
As in the previous two years, this year Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been ranked first, Stanford University – second, and Harvard University – third in the «QS World University Rankings». The results of the ranking were published on 19 June.
RTU has also shown convincingly the best results among 18 Latvian higher education institutions at the beginning of June in the «U-Multirank» rating, being the only Latvian university that received the largest number of top or A-level assessment in 11 criteria, for example, for graduate students employed, number of spin-offs, and funding attracted for science projects.
«QS World University Rankings»: www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings