Riga Technical University (RTU) takes the 751st –800th position in the QS World University Rankings 2023, and this is the highest indicator out of the assessment results of three Latvian universities included in the rankings. RTU employment outcomes and the international student ratio have been most highly assessed in the rankings.
The QS World University Rankings 2023 includes 1422 universities from all over the world. They are evaluated based on eight key criteria – in addition to academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty student ratio, as well as international student ratio and international faculty ratio, also employment outcomes and international research network were assessed this year.
RTU takes the high 186th position in the world according to the employment outcome indicator. It assesses both the employment outcomes in the high qualification professions, and the university role in training young managers, who will positively affect further development of their represented industry with their knowledge and skills.
RTU continues improving its performance also in the employer reputation criterion, which, jointly with the high assessment in the employment outcomes indicator, is the evidence of compliance of the study programmes with the market requirements in the opinion of both local and foreign employers.
In the international student ratio indicator, RTU has improved its position by 40 points, having reached the 249th highest place in the world. Internationalisation is one of the most essential priorities in RTU operation. As a result of targeted activities, the number of international students at RTU has rapidly increased in recent years, and the university students come from more than 80 countries.
«In the assessment of the QS World University Rankings, RTU has been the leading university in Latvia for a number of years. RTU purposefully develops its performance in studies, science and cooperation with industry, and it is pleasing when this work receives international recognition. In spite of low financing of education and science, our ambitions are higher – we continue working intensively in order to continue improving the international competitiveness of RTU and be among the world’s TOP 500 universities,» emphasises the RTU Director of Administration Juris Iljins.
From Latvia, the rankings include also the University of Latvia, which takes the 1001st –1200th place, and Riga Stradins University, which takes the 801st –1000th place.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology takes first place in the rankings, being followed by the University of Cambridge and Stanford University.
The results of the international rankings were published in the evening of 8 June.