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The performance of Riga Technical University (RTU) in engineering and computer science studies in the international ranking «Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021 by Subject» has been evaluated as the highest among other Latvian universities. RTU is ranked among 601–800 best universities in the world.
THE World University Rankings 2021 by subject: Engineering and Technology includes a total of 1098 leading universities in engineering, energy and electronic engineering, mechanical and aeronautic engineering, civil engineering and chemical engineering. Ranking evaluates universities according to several criteria - cooperation with the industry, citation, science, studies, international cooperation. At RTU, cooperation with the industry was evaluated the highest.
Among the Baltic States, Tallinn University of Technology and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University as well as RTU were included in the group 601–800, whereas Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies was included in the group 801-1000, but Kaunas University of Technology in the group 1000+. The first place in the ranking is taken by Harvard University (the USA), followed by the University of Oxford (the United Kingdom) and Stanford University (the USA).
THE World University Rankings 2021 by subject: Computer Science evaluates the performance in the field of computes science and RTU is the only university from Latvia that has been included in this ranking, and placed in the group 601-800. In total 827 universities have been included in this ranking.
From other Baltic States Kaunas University of Technology and Vilnius University have been included in the ranking and as well as RTU were placed in the group 601-800, whereas the highest result was achieved by University of Tartu, which was placed in the group 176-200, but Tallinn University of Technology was placed in the group 501-600. The first place in the ranking is taken by the University of Oxford, followed by Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (the USA).
The rankings assess the performance of higher education institutions according to the five main indicators, which are further analysed in terms of 13 different criteria. In terms of industry ratings, universities are ranked based on the specifics of particular areas. University cooperation with the industry in the ranking is assessed by how much income the university has gained from knowledge transfer. The science criterion takes into account the results of a reputation survey, university income from research and its productivity. The internationalization criterion assesses the proportion of foreign students and academic staff as well as international cooperation in research based on the citation indicators of scientific publications. Performance in studies is evaluated based on the reputation survey results, the ratio of the number of students to academic staff, the proportion of academic staff possessing a doctoral degree, and other indicators. In turn, citation or the impact of research reveals the role of universities in the creation and dissemination of new knowledge and ideas.