RTU HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE WORLD’S LEADING UNIVERSITY RANKINGS
In 2016, Riga Technical University (RTU) has been highly ranked within prestigious international university ratings: QS Stars University Ratings, Times Higher Education (THE) BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings and Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
RTU is ranked in the international QS Stars University Ratings and has received the highest evaluation 5 Stars in the six out of eight categories - education quality, employability of the graduates, internationalization, innovation, study environment and inclusiveness. The total RTU evaluation within QS Stars Rating is 3 Stars.
For the first time in its history, RTU has been included in the influential international rating The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-17, which has particularly appreciated the cooperation RTU maintains with entrepreneurs and industry. The rating lists the best world universities, ranking them on the basis of their achievements in education, research, cooperation with the industry, and internationalization.
Within the rating, cooperation with the industry is assessed considering the revenue the university has generated from knowledge and technology transfer. RTU cooperation with the industry results in new products that are launched onto the market, RTU researchers also establish their own enterprises, which commercialize innovations created by the scientists. RTU Advisory Council is one of the platforms where RTU cooperates with entrepreneurs. Managers of the Latvian enterprises take part in the work of the Board, providing expert advice to RTU administration and helping to determine strategic directions of the university development in accordance with the needs of the national economy.
RTU has been ranked in 800+ position. Phil Baty, the editor of Times Higher Education World University Rankings, stressed, «There are understood to be more than 20,000 higher education institutions in the world, so to feature among the 980 universities ranked by Times Higher Education is in itself a great achievement – demonstrating membership of a small, global elite.»
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 have been 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.
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.