Riga Technical University (RTU) has been acknowledged as one of the world’s 500 best universities in engineering sciences and technologies by QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020, having become the only university in Latvia to be included among the leaders in one of the five sectors.
The performance of universities has been evaluated in five sectors: engineering and technology, arts and humanities, life sciences and medicine, nature sciences and social and management sciences. RTU scored 59.9 out of 100 possible points, having been ranked in the 451-500 university group in the engineering and technology sector, alongside with Tallinn University of Technology. In total, 1369 higher education institutions from 158 countries have been assessed in the rating.
«It is very important for RTU as a technology university that our achievements have been highly evaluated exactly in engineering and technology. We are on the same positions with Tallinn University of Technology, whose funding is minimum twice as big as ours. No other Latvian university has been included among the world leaders in their specific sector,» says Juris Iljins, Director of the RTU Quality Management and Document Management Department.
The university ranking is based on their academic reputation, reputation among employers, citation and the Hirsch Index. The assessment of academic and employers' reputations is obtained based on extensive international surveys, the citation is evaluated based on the average number of publications that reveal the impact and quality of research performed at universities, while the Hirsch Index looks at the most quoted publications of the scientific body and the citation of other publications, thus analysing the productivity and impact of the university's scientists. The best positions of RTU are its international academic reputation and recognition of Latvian employers.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is ranked first in the field of engineering and technology, Stanford University is ranked second (both from the USA) and the University of Cambridge from the United Kingdom is ranked third.
More information is available on www.topuniversities.com/Subject-Rankings/2020