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Riga Technical University takes part in many national and international ratings and comparison tools. International ratings promote healthy competition among universities; they may be of use for future students choosing a university to study.
Ratings allow RTU to assess its achievements according to the international criteria and weigh itself against other higher education institutions in Latvia and abroad.
Based on the ranks received within various ratings it is possible to make conclusions on the current performance and set new goals concerning organization of the study process, research activities and overall sustainable development and progress of the university.
RTU is ranked in the following international ratings: QS Stars University Ratings, QS University Rankings: EECA, U-Multirank, UI GreenMetric Ranking, 4International Colleges & Universities, Worldwide Professional University Rankings, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and other.
RTU – The Most Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Higher Education Institution in Latvia
Riga Technical University (RTU) has been recognised as the 128th world’s most sustainable university in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings. Compared to the previous year, RTU has climbed 20 places this year and shows the best results among the Latvian higher education institutions. In the GreenMetric Rankings, world universities are ranked according to their commitment to reducing environmental impact.
Performance of higher education institutions is assessed according to six categories: setting and infrastructure, energy and climate change, waste, water, transportation, and education. Holding 49th position, RTU shows the highest performance in terms of energy efficiency and climate change mitigation. RTU activities in waste management and environmental education, as well as other areas, are also highly ranked.
Director of RTU Quality Management and Document Processing Department Juris Iljins emphasises, «Strategic goal of RTU is to create an environmentally friendly technology campus and already now it is rated as one of the most sustainable and environmentally friendly campuses in the world. The main success factors are the construction of modern and energy efficient buildings as well as renovation of existing buildings in Ķīpsala, the gradual abandonment of the use of plastic water bottles, by creating drinking water filling stations, waste sorting, efficient solutions to the circulation and disposal of inorganic and chemical waste. That is why we are also highly rated in the energy and climate change, infrastructure and waste categories».
UI GreenMetric World University Rankings was established in 2010, and year by year the number of participating higher education institutions is increasing – in 2010 95 institutions and at present 719 higher education institutions from 81 countries. Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands was ranked first, the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom – second, and the University of California, Davis, in the USA was ranked third.
RTU has been participating in the Rankings since 2012. From Latvia, Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Daugavpils University, University of Latvia and Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences also participate in the UI GreenMetric World University Rankings.
By reducing human impact on the environment and climate change, last spring, RTU undertook to implement the concept of Green Kipsala at RTU campus by 2023. To achieve this goal, RTU works purposefully to improve infrastructure in accordance with the principles of sustainability, changing habits of students and employees, as well as using innovative green products and technologies created by RTU scientists in Ķīpsala campus infrastructure.
U-Multirank is a new multidimensional user-oriented international university comparison tool. It is used to compare university performance in five areas: teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation, and regional engagement.
According to U-Multirank rating, in 2016 Riga Technical University received 11 top level evaluations – A “very good” and B “good” in the following areas:
U-Multirank uses a letter grading scale (from A to E, where A is «very good» and E is «weak», respectively) to compare universities considering each indicator included in the rating.
One of the main aims of U-Multirank is to help potential and mobile students compare universities making their choice on enrollment or mobility program. U-Multirank is designed in such a way that any user can compile a personalized rating, choosing the criteria according to their desires and needs. Students from the universities featured in the rating get actively involved in compiling U-Multirank. Students are invited to express their opinion about their university, their study program and their learning experience. Student survey run by U-Multirank is one of the most representative surveys in the world with regard to the number of respondents, which accounts for 85,000 students.
U-Multirank differs from traditional ratings with regard to its compilation principles. It has been designed as a comparison tool, and the user can individually specify the criteria to compare the universities. Comparison can be made with regard to a university as a whole and considering each particular field of studies separately.
U-Multirank is based on the methodology that accounts both for diversity of the HEIs and different aspects of university excellence in the international context. The data used for the compilation of the rating comes from numerous sources: data provided by the institutions, international bibliometric and patent data base information, as well as student surveys.
U-Multirank rating was first drawn in 2014; it covered more than 850 HEIs and 5,000 study programs from more than 70 countries. Development of U-Multirank was co-financed by the European Union.
International university rating QS Stars highly ranked RTU education quality, employability of the graduates and internationalization, attesting excellence and international prestige of RTU. On the whole, university performance was evaluated considering eight categories, and RTU received the highest evaluation – five stars – in six of them.
In addition to the categories mentioned, RTU also received five stars in such areas as study environment, innovations, and engagement. The rating also considered research conducted at a university and its expertise. Each of the eight categories is divided into numerous sub-categories. For example, within the category of study quality such sub-categories as the level of student satisfaction with the university as a whole and with the studies in particular, as well as further education opportunities, are addressed.
RTU Rector Leonid Ribickis maintains, «The assessment demonstrated by this rating repeatedly attests that RTU is ranked among the best universities of technology in Europe. The highest five star rating for the indicators concerning study process, employment, internationalization, premises and equipment supply attests that RTU educates and trains internationally competitive specialists in high demand in the labor market. RTU is the largest university in Latvia in terms of the number of students, and our study programs are also popular among foreign students. At present, the number of international students at RTU exceeds 10% of the total number of students.»
In the area of employment, graduate employment indicators and career advancement service received top scores. In the field of internationalization, RTU received maximal scores in several sub-categories, including «International Research Cooperation», «International Diversity» and «Ration of Incoming Students».
Considering university environment, sports facilities provided by RTU, IT infrastructure, accessible learning environment and significant number of student organizations gained special recognition. In the field of innovations, RTU received maximal scores in all sub-categories – number of patents registered by RTU, field research, number of spin-off enterprises were highly evaluated. In the area of social engagement, opportunities ensured by RTU, university scholarships and bursaries and RTU support to the students from low income families deserved special credit.
QS Stars is a rating system, which allows students to develop better understanding with regard to the quality of the institution, covering such issues as graduate employment indicators, sports facilities, and public engagement. The system has been developed to account for the university mission and give students the opportunity to obtain information, which is not generally provided by traditional ratings. Providing evaluation, QS Stars audit assesses more than 50 different university performance indicators.
Additional information about the rating
Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 651 to 700 range of QS World University Rankings 2018, which attests that RTU is among 2.5% of world’s top universities. RTU has received the highest ranking among higher education institutions in Latvia. The University reputation among employers has been assessed on a high level – in this category RTU has been recognised as the 193rd best in the world.
RTU Academician Leonīds Ribickis states, «The ranking of RTU among 700 world’s top universities shows the rapid development of RTU. RTU has been ranked among 200 top universities in terms of employer reputation and this proves that Latvian and foreign employers highly evaluate the quality of engineering specialists educated at RTU. The world’s leading university rankings such as QS World University Rankings and Times Higher Education are a good indicator for determining which universities in Latvia are internationally competitive and which are not».
All 980 higher education institutions included in the ranking were assessed taking into consideration six factors – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students. In three criteria – International Faculty and International Students, and Employer Reputation – RTU has shown the highest results in Latvia. According to employer reputation in Latvia and worldwide, RTU was ranked 193rd in the world. From Latvia, also the University of Latvia was included in the ranking reaching the range of 701 to 750.
The assessment of Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys, i.e. employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed opinion about RTU. The performance of higher education institutions in other criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that were verified according to internationally available information.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked in first place, Stanford University – second and Harvard University – third.
RTU is included in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, QS Stars, U-Multirank and Green Metric rankings. RTU graduate employability, cooperation with companies, internationalisation, as well as environmental policy and sustainability have been highly evaluated in these rankings.
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking
In 2016, Riga Technical University was ranked 64th in QS EECA ranking among 200 leading universities.
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Ranking is a regional rating compiled by QS World University Rankings (QS). QS EECA Ranking was first published in 2014. At present, it lists top 200 universities in the region.
QS University Ranking is one of the world most influential university ratings, which provides information on 800 world leading universities. The rating is drawn to give students who are willing to study at world best universities the opportunity to make an informed choice.
On the whole, QS compiles five regional ratings:
Drawing QS EECA Ranking, universities are assessed taking into consideration a total of nine factors, which ensure a university would be listed in the rating:
Riga Technical University has improved its performance in several criteria of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2019. This rating includes the very best universities in the world, evaluating their performance in studies, collaboration with industry, internationalization, as well as in science and citation.
«Compared to the previous year, assessment of RTU has significantly increased this year. RTU results have improved in four of the five key evaluation criteria. It is important to highlight the rise in science and research related indicators and the high ranking of our cooperation with the industry – according to this criterion, we rank among the 300 best universities in the world,» said Juris Iljins, Director of the Quality Management and Document Processing Department of RTU.
University cooperation with the industry in the ranking is evaluated 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 by the results of a reputation survey, the ratio of students and academic staff, the proportion of academic staff with 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.
The data of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 were published on 26 September, and RTU ranked in the 801–1000 group. From Latvia, the University of Latvia has been included in the ranking and it is in the same group, but in the overall score RTU has shown better results. Among the other Baltic States, Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology, University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology have been included in the ranking. The University of Oxford takes the first place in the rating, which is followed by the University of Cambridge (both from the United Kingdom) and Stanford University (the USA).
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has been created for the 14 year in a row and it includes 1250 higher education institutions all over the world. The rating evaluates a wide range of data – information provided by the university, data collected by the survey and other information, including the Elsevier bibliometric data, as well as the citation indicators of more than 14 million publications in a five-year period. The rating is audited by PwC audit company.
Riga Technical University (RTU) is placed in the group of universities ranked 201–250 in one of the world’s leading university rankings – Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017 TOP 300.
RTU Rector, academician Leonīds Ribickis emphasizes: «Being among the world’s 250 best emerging economies universities proves that in recent years scientific research results of RTU are recognized not only in Latvia, but also worldwide. This success is even brighter by the fact that we are ahead of many better-funded universities, thanks to RTU academic staff and students’ intentions and vigor.»
RTU accession to THE BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017 TOP 300 is an important event not only for RTU, but also for the Latvian higher education system as a whole, as it proves its international competitiveness. Ranking results indicate that RTU is one of the 50 emerging economies universities, and one of 41 public universities included in the list of the finalists or top 300 universities.
The ranking results published on 30 November are based on university performance, which is estimated according to five areas of activity, and the rank is determined by the total assessment: studies (study environment – 30%), research (volume, income and reputation – 30%), citation (research impact – 20%), international perspective (staff, students, research – 10%) and industry income (knowledge transfer – 10%). Ranking methodology has been developed, with special emphasis on university cooperation with industry and the international perspective assessment, because exactly these indicators are particularly important in the context of emerging economies.
Peking University (China) is ranked 1st in THE BRICS rankings this year, followed by Tsinghua University (China) in the 2nd place, and Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia) in the 3rd place. Apart from RTU, the University of Latvia is placed in the group of universities ranked 201–250.
Riga Technical University (RTU) is placed in the group of universities ranked 301–400 in one of the world’s leading university rankings – the Times Higher Education. The ranking is based on the data of the Times Higher Education World University Ranking, in which RTU was included for the first time in September 2016.
Director of the Quality Management and Record Management Department at RTU Juris Iljins says, «In the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, RTU has been ranked equally with the Tallinn University of Technology and Vilnius University, whose funding is several times higher. It can be stated that our performance in student education and science is the same. With additional investments RTU can improve its performance and achieve even the highest position in the international ranking».
Oxford University is ranked 1st in the rankings this year, followed by Cambridge University in the 2nd place, and Imperial College London in the 3rd place. From the Baltic States, six universities – RTU, University of Latvia, Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology and Tallinn University of Technology – have been ranked among the 301+ universities, and the University of Tartu has been placed in the group of universities ranked 151–160.