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Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the international rating «U-Multirank» as one of the 25 leading universities in the world in terms of Open Access Publications. This means that a significant number of RTU researchers’ publications can be found in open access scientific journals, making research results available to all interested parties. For several consecutive years, RTU has achieved the most convincing results of all universities in Latvia included in this rating.
«U-Multirank» rating consists of five dimensions of university activity – teaching and learning; research knowledge transfer; technology transfer or valorisation; international orientation; regional engagement, and in each of these dimensions, universities are evaluated on a number of indicators. This is the first year when universities have been evaluated on Open Access Publications indicator.
The performance of universities in each of the fields is evaluated on a scale from A, which means the highest score, to E. RTU is the only university in Latvia that has received A level evaluation in 11 indicators, for example, open access publications, graduate students employed, number of spin-offs, external research income, graduating on time (bachelors and masters), foreign language bachelor programmes, graduate companies, international joint publications.
RTU has received the second highest evaluation – B «good» – in seven indicators. In comparison to 2019, RTU results have improved in six indicators.
«U-Multirank» is the biggest multidimensional rating in the world, which is a user-friendly tool that allows any future student to compare higher education institutions in an interactive way according to specific indicators. The rating is based on the information submitted by the university, various international and national databases and survey results. This year it included information about more than 1800 higher education institutions from 92 countries.
20 higher education institutions from Latvia have been included in the rating. This rating is important, because since 2016 the Ministry of Education and Science has included requirement to participate in «U-Multirank» rating in agreements with higher education institutions on allocation of state budget funds.
Additional information about the rating: www.umultirank.org