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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 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.
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 2018 Riga Technical University received evaluations – A “very good” in the following areas:
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 enrolment 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.
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:
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.
More information on «QS Graduate Employability Ranking»
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.
Riga Technical University (RTU) has been ranked in the 751 to 800 range of QS World University Rankings 2019, which is the highest score among three Latvian universities included in the ranking. RTU received the highest ranking for employer reputation, as well as international students.
«Since last year, when RTU was for the first time included in QS World University Rankings, for the second consecutive year in the evaluation of this international rating agency, we are the leading university in Latvia. Overall rating results show that competition is increasing and it is increasingly difficult for Latvian universities to compete internationally due to low funding. Although RTU demonstrates the best performance in Latvia, we must set our ambitions internationally in order to compete with the leading universities of the region,» emphasizes Juris Iljins, Director of RTU Quality Management and Record Management Department.
1000 higher education institutions from 85 countries 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 – Employer Reputation, International Students, and Faculty/Student Ratio – RTU has shown the highest results. From Latvia, also the University of Latvia and Riga Stradins University were included in the ranking reaching the range of 801 to 1000.
The assessment of Academic Reputation and 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 based on submitted data that were verified according to internationally available information.
The same as last year, Massachusetts Institute of Technology was ranked in first place, Stanford University – second and Harvard University – third.
QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Ranking
In 2018, Riga Technical University was ranked 57th in QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) University Ranking among 200 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 200 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:
Also from Latvia, the University of Latvia has been included in the ranking in 50th place, Riga Stradins University in 117th place and Latvia University of Agriculture ranked in the 161-170 group.
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) 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.
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.