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Shanghai Ranking: University of Turku among Best 400 Universities in the World


The University of Turku was ranked among the 301–400 best universities in the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The global Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for 2020, or the so-called Shanghai Ranking, was published on 15 August 2020. The University of Turku was ranked among the 301–400 best universities. The University’s ranking remained the same as in 2019.

Of the Finnish universities, the University of Turku was ranked the second best after the University of Helsinki which is among the world's best 100 universities as the 74th.

– Maintaining our ranking has required hard and productive work from the members of our University community, which has been particularly challenging due to the cuts in university funding in the last few years. This has resulted in a drop in the rankings of almost all Finnish universities compared to last year, says Rector Jukka Kola from the University of Turku.

– Internationally, rankings are followed closely and success in them increases the attractiveness of a university especially for international researchers and students. The university rankings should still be viewed critically, however, it is clearly better to be ranked among the best universities than not, notes Kola.

Finnish Universities’ Ranking (2019 ranking in brackets):

  • University of Helsinki 74 (63)
  • University of Turku 301-400 (301-400)
  • Aalto University 401–500 (301-400)
  •  University of Oulu 501–600 (301–400)
  • University of Tampere 501–600 (501–600)
  • University of Eastern Finland 501–600 (401–500)
  • University of Jyväskylä 701–800 (501–600)
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology 901–1000 (901–1000)

Of the Nordic universities, the most successful were the University of Copenhagen (33rd) and Karolinska Institutet (45th). At the top of the list is the Harvard University in the United States, eight of the best ten universities are in the United States and two, the University of Cambridge (3rd) and the University of Oxford (9th), in Europe.

In June, the Academic Ranking of World Universities published the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020 which ranked altogether 4,000 universities in 54 subjects on a top 500 list. The University of Turku was listed among the best in the world in 23 subjects.

Created 18.08.2020 | Updated 18.08.2020