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Riga Technical University (RTU) has been holding its position in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 for the second year. The rating lists the best world universities, ranking them on the basis of their achievements in education, research, cooperation with the industry, and internationalisation.
“The fact that RTU is ranked among the 1000 best universities in the world by the Times Higher Education Rankings confirms that RTU is an internationally renowned university. RTU study quality, achievements in science, as well as innovations are internationally recognised. We are proud that our cooperation with the industry has been particularly appreciated as RTU has been ranked in the TOP 500 world universities by this indicator, as well as internationalisation has been highly evaluated – RTU has been ranked among the 750 best universities in the world,” says Director of the Quality Management and Record Management Department of RTU Juris Iljins.
The Times Higher Education Rankings evaluates the university cooperation with the industry by the extent of income raised by a university from knowledge transfer. Assessing internationalisation, the following indicators are taken into account: the ratio of foreign students to academic staff, as well as international cooperation in research based on the citation indicators of scientific publications.
The data of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 were published on 5 September 2017. RTU has been placed in the group of universities ranked 801-1000. From Latvia, the University of Latvia has also been placed in the same group. From the other Baltic States, the University of Vilnius, the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology have been included in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.
This year, Oxford University has been ranked No. 1, while Cambridge University has been ranked second (both universities are from the United Kingdom), California Institute of Technology and Stanford University, having obtained the same results, share the third place and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been ranked fifth (all three are from the USA).
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018 has been published for the 13th year in a row and it lists 1102 world higher education institutions. The rating evaluates a wide range of data – information obtained from universities, survey-based data and other information, including Elsevier bibliometric data, as well as citation indicators of 12.4 million publications over a five-year period. The Times Higher Education Rankings is audited by PwC Ltd.