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 RatingsQS University Rankings: EECAU-MultirankUI GreenMetric Ranking, 4International Colleges & Universities, Worldwide Professional University Rankings, Webometrics Ranking of World Universities and other.

Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018

RTU Master Study Programmes Highly Ranked by «Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018»

Master study programmes of the Faculty of Engineering Economics and Management (FEEM) of Riga Technical University (RTU) and Riga Business School (RBS) of RTU have been highly ranked for the fifth time by the prestigious international Master study programme ranking «Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018».

The Eduniversal Business School Ranking includes top 1000 best higher education institutions in 154 countries. Based on alumni and employer surveys, as well as the assessment of study programmes, 4000 Master and MBA (Master of Business Administration) study programmes in different specialisations are ranked both in global and regional rankings.

The programmes are divided by thematic groups, and each group has a global ranking of top 100 study programmes. These rankings include a total of five Master professional study programmes of RTU FEEM, each ranked 20th–43rd, respectively, in their thematic group.

Among top 200 universities and business school programmes in the Eastern European region, the four study programmes of RTU FEEM have been included in the thematic group rankings, each ranked 5th–8th in their thematic group.
Master professional study programme «Management of Enterprises and Organisations» of RTU RBS has been highly recognised and included in three categories in the Eastern European region, taking 9th, 14th and 15th place.

Eduniversal Best Masters Ranking 2018


Riga Technical University (RTU) ranked among the 100 greenest universities in the world in the UI GreenMetric ranking in the 95th place. This is a significant increase compared to 2018, when RTU was ranked as 128th greenest university in the world. RTU remains the only Latvian higher education institution rated this high. 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 95th position, RTU shows the highest performance in terms of energy efficiency and climate change mitigation. RTU transportation and infrastructure accessibility is ranked in the 33rd place. 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 780 higher education institutions. Wageningen University & Research in the Netherlands was ranked first, the University of Oxford 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.


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

QS Graduate Employability Ranking

Riga Technical University (RTU) has been included in the «QS Graduate Employability Ranking 2019», taking the 301–500th place in the university group. RTU received the highest score in Employer Reputation that ranks RTU in 175th place. 

The QS Graduate Employability Ranking reflects the position of the graduates of higher education institutions in the labour market and their career after graduation.

In QS Graduate Employability Rankings, universities are ranked on five criteria:

  • Employer Reputation is based on over 40,000 responses to the QS Employer Survey, and asks employers to identify those institutions from which they source the most competent, innovative, effective graduates;
  • Alumni Outcomes results establish which universities are producing world-changing individuals;
  • Partnerships with Employers is based on the ability of successful collaboration and research with global companies;
  • Employer-Student Connections involves analysing the number of employers who have been actively present on a university’s campus and providing new possibilities for students over the past year;
  • and Graduate Employment Rate.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is ranked 1st in QS Graduate Employability rankings this year, followed by Stanford University in the 2nd place, and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the 3rd place. 

The ranking shows the best institutions at engaging with employers and it includes the top 500 best universities in world. QS Graduate Employability Rankings was established in 2016.

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QS Stars

Riga Technical University (RTU) has received an excellent evaluation – five stars – at the international university rating QS Stars. Overall, university performance was evaluated considering eight categories, and RTU received the highest evaluation – five stars – in six of them.

Director of RTU Department of Quality Control and Records Management Juris Iljins states, «RTU has been very highly evaluated on QS Stars rating, by improving its performance in all categories in comparison with previous evaluation that was organized in 2015. In the previous evaluation, we received three stars, but with persistent work, we have managed to improve our performance. We have significantly invested in the quality of studies, infrastructure, improvement of research quality, promotion of innovations and improvement of environment for start-up companies. On the whole, these activities have contributed to the fact that RTU has been evaluated on the same level as Lund University in Sweden or Aalborg University in Denmark».

RTU received five stars in the following categories: teaching, employability, internationalization, learning environment, innovations and inclusiveness. The rating also considered university research and specialization in computer sciences.

Each of the eight categories is divided into numerous sub-categories. Within the category of teaching 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 were highly evaluated. In the area of employment, graduate employment indicators as well as RTU reputation among employers received top scores. In the category of internationalization, RTU registered maximum points in several sub-categories, including «International Research Collaboration», «International Diversity» and «Inbound Exchange Students».

Considering university environment, sports facilities provided by RTU, IT infrastructure 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 Inclusiveness, opportunities ensured by RTU, university scholarships and bursaries, support to the students from low income families as well as accessibility of the environment for people with reduced mobility deserved special credit.

QS Stars is a rating system, which allows students to develop better understanding with regard to the quality of the institution. Unlike most ratings that measure university performance by ranking them into order, QS Stars makes it possible to assess the performance of each university in specific areas and issues by providing, for example, access to graduate employment rates, assessments of learning environment, level of inclusiveness and other issues relevant to the potential graduates. Participation in the rating of universities is voluntary and provides a comparable external evaluation of how successful the university has been.

«QS Stars»

QS World University Rankings 2021

Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 701 to 750 range of QS World University Rankings 2021, which is the highest score among three Latvian universities included in the ranking. RTU received the highest appraisal for its increase of foreign students, and in this indicator RTU improved its position by 66 places, ranking 371st in the global assessment.​

«RTU has been evaluated on different rankings and with different assessment methods un has been ranked as the best university in Latvia – this is attested by «U-Multirank» results published on June 9 and by «Times Higher Education Impact» results published in April, in which RTU was ranked among 200 best universities in the world. On «QS Stars» ranking as well, RTU was evaluated with five stars, which ir the highest evaluation. The achievement of RTU on «QS World University Rankings 2021» confirms once more that we are the national leaders. Of course, RTU does not have the success as the University of Tartu, but considering the funding available to us, the results are very good, because our calculations show that as we move towards internationally recognised excellence, among all Latvian universities RTU has the highest return, taking into account budget opportunities,» emphasizes Juris Iljins, Director of Administration.

1002 higher education institutions from 93 countries included in the «QS World University Rankings 2021» ranking were assessed taking into consideration six criteria – Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper, Faculty/Student Ratio, as well as International Faculty and International Students. In four out of six criteria – International Students, Faculty/Student Ratio, Citations per Paper and Academic Reputation – RTU has shown higher results in comparison with the previous year.

The assessment of Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys. Employers and academicians not only from Latvia but also from other countries expressed their opinion about RTU. The performance of higher education institutions in the remaining four criteria was assessed on the basis of submitted data that was verified according to internationally available information.
Internationalization is one of the most significant priorities of RTU, which has been emphasised in RTU strategy. Targeted activities have resulted in a rapid increase in the number of foreign students in recent years, and currently there are students from 86 countries studying at RTU. 

Other universities from Latvia that are included in the ranking are University of Latvia and Rīga Stradiņš University, which both, same as last year, remained in 801–1000 range. As in the previous year, this year Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been ranked first, Stanford University – second, and Harvard University – third in the «QS World University Rankings». The results of the ranking were published on 10 June.

«QS World University Rankings»: www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings

QS University Rankings: EECA

QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking

In 2020, Riga Technical University was ranked 54th in QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Ranking among 350 leading universities.

QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Ranking is a regional ranking compiled by QS World University Rankings (QS). QS EECA Ranking was first published in 2014. At present, it lists top 350 universities in the region.

QS University Ranking is one of the world most influential university rankings, which provides information on 1000 world-leading universities. The ranking is drawn to give students who are willing to study at world best universities the opportunity to make an informed choice.    

QS EECA Ranking universities are assessed taking into consideration nine factors, which ensure a university would be listed in the ranking:

  • Academic reputation: based on the results of the survey run among representatives of academic community worldwide where they identify the institutions they perceive to be conducting the best work in the own field;
  • Employer reputation: based on the results of the survey run among employers where they name the institutions they believe to be producing the best graduates in their sector;
  • Faculty/student ratio: based on the number of students enrolled per full-time academic staff member, aiming to give an indication of each institution’s commitment to providing high standards of academic support;
  • Papers per faculty: this indicator reflects research productivity, based on papers published per academic faculty member;
  • International research network: this indicator assesses the degree of international openness in terms of research collaboration for each evaluated institution;
  • Web impact: this indicator reflects the extent of each institution’s online presence, one aspect of their commitment to international engagement and communication;
  • Staff with a PhD: considering the proportion of faculty members holding a PhD degree;
  • Citations per paper: this indicator aims to assess research impact, based on the frequency with which an institution’s published papers are cited by other researchers around the world;
  • International faculty and international students: these two indicators are based on the proportion of faculty members and students who are international, accounting for the national diversity of the institution’s community, reflecting how successful a university is in attracting academic personnel and students from other countries.

Also from Latvia, the University of Latvia has been included in the ranking in 39th place, Riga Stradins University in 141st place, Latvia University of Agriculture in 174th place, University of Daugavpils ranked in the 231st-240th place and Transport and Telecommunication Institute ranked in the 301st-350th place.

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Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2020

In «The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020» RTU ranked in the 1000+ group. 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 RTU results have improved in three of the five key evaluation criteria - in science and research related indicators, internationalization and cooperation with the industry. RTU rank among the 300 best universities in the world for the second year running in the indicator - cooperation with the industry.

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 2020 were published on 12 September, and RTU ranked in the 1000+ group. From Latvia, University of Latvia and Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies has been included in the ranking.  Among the other Baltic States, University of Tartu, Tallinn University, Tallinn University of Technology, Vilnius University, Kaunas University of Technology, and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University have been included in the ranking. The University of Oxford takes the first place in the ranking. 

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings has been created for the 15 year in a row and it includes almost 1400 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.

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Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings: BRICS & Emerging Economies

Riga Technical University (RTU) has been highly evaluated in one of the leading university rankings – «Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019», taking 196th place.

Evaluation of RTU in «THE BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2019» is substantial not only for RTU, but also for the whole higher education field in Latvia as the ranking attests university’s international competitiveness. Altogether, 443 universities were ranked this year.

«The fact that RTU is able to be in the TOP 200 of this ranking with a budget incomparable to the budget of many universities in China, South Africa or Brazil is a considerable success. The high quality of RTU education is also acknowledged by the growing number of foreign students, including, for instance, students from India, and RTU has been placed higher than several leading universities in India,» emphasizes the Director of the Quality Management and Record Management Department Juris Iljins.

The ranking evaluates the universities’ performance in five areas of activity and the obtained place is determined by the total sum of the evaluation: studies (study environment) – 30%, research (amount, income and reputation) – 30%, citation (impact of research) – 20%, international perspective (staff, students, research) – 10% and the income of industry (knowledge transfer) – 10%. RTU’s performance has been rated the highest in the fields of internationalisation and knowledge transfer. Ranking’s methodology is made by paying the most attention to the university’s cooperation with the industry and the assessment of international perspective, as these are the indicators that are of special significance in the context of emerging economies. 

The ranking’s first place has been taken by Tsingua University (China) followed by Peking University (China), but Zhejiang University (China) placed third. From Latvia, the University of Latvia takes 251st–300th place.

Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings: Best universities in Europe

Riga Technical University (RTU) is ranked in 361st place of best universities in Europe. The Europe 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. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 ranks more than 1,250 universities around the world. Just over 450 of them are universities in Europe.

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».

In 2019 the ranking includes 35 European countries. The top 10 places consist of universities from the UK, Switzerland and Germany. 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 RTU, University of Latvia, Vilnius University are sharing the 361st place, Tallinn University of Technology – 286th place, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University in 412nd place and the University of Tartu has been placed in the group of universities ranked in 150 place.

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Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings: University Impact 2020

Evaluating the performance of Riga Technical University (RTU) in the implementation of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal (CNG) 17, RTU is ranked 101-200 in the highest-ranked group of universities and thus becoming also the most highly rated of the four Latvian universities in the ranking «The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020».

RTU efforts to achieve the goal of «Climate Action» are highly valued - RTU is recognized as the 14th best in the world in this field. RTU has shared 34th place reaching the goal «Affordable and Clean Energy», shared 45th place in implementing activities of goal «Decent Work and Economic Growth», and 70th place in fulfilling the intentions of goal «Industry Innovations and Infrastructure». In comparison with the previous year when this ranking was or organized for the first time, RTU has improved its results, thus moving from group of higher education institutions ranked 201-300 to group of higher education institutions ranked 101-200. 

A year ago, in implementation of 17 SDG goals 450 universities from 76 countries were evaluated in this ranking, but this year 767 universities from 85 countries. University of Auckland is ranked 1st in the rankings this year, followed by University of Sydney in the 2nd place, and Western University of Sydney in the 3rd place, both in Australia. 

Sustainable development is one of RTU priorities, which is transformed into a variety of actions, such as the creation of the concept of Green Ķīpsala in 2018, with a strong focus on sustainable, smart and environmentally friendly development. The aim of the university is to raise awareness among students, employees and the public about the need to reduce the ecological footprint and to promote the creation and use of environmentally friendly technologies. Efforts to bring these goals to life are reflected in RTU assessment in «The Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2020».

In pursuing sustainable development goals, RTU is engaged and actively participates in major international cooperation organisations, such as Sustainable Development Solutions Network and other. 

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