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The University of Turku Placed 295th in the World in the QS Rankings 2022


The University of Turku has been named the world’s 295th best university in the QS World University Rankings 2022. In the 2022 edition, the University of Turku was ranked the 3rd best university in Finland. This year, 1,300 different universities were globally ranked according to six indicators, therefore making it the most extensive ranking so far.

QS World University Rankings, one of the most recognised international rankings worldwide, uses six different indicators to compile the ranking: academic reputation (40%), employer reputation (10%), citations per faculty (20%), faculty/student ratio (20%), international faculty ratio (5%), and international student ratio (5%).

This year, 1,300 different universities from 93 locations were globally ranked according to six indicators, therefore making it the most extensive ranking so far. Last year, only 1,000 universities were listed in the QS Rankings. Interestingly, the number of analysed institutions this year exceeded 1,600 and 145 new entrants were registered. Similarly to last year, nine Finnish universities were listed among the best ranked universities in the world.

  • The University of Turku was nationally the third best at the 295th place. The University's ranking fell by eight places in comparison to years 2021 and 2020 when the overall ranking was 287th position. The small drop in position in the prestigious QS Rankings can be explained by the expansion of the ranking with more and more universities listed.
  • Among Nordic universities, the University of Turku was ranked 14th.
  • In Europe, the University of Turku was ranked in the shared 122-124th position.

– We can be proud of this placement in a prestigious university ranking. It is great and important that we succeed well among global, European and Nordic universities. Being an international pioneer requires recognition which offers us the possibility to create significant international partnerships and collaboration. At the same time, this ranking shows that we have much to improve in our internationality, which is also reflected in our Strategy and new International Programme, say Rector Jukka Kola.

Finnish universities were listed as follows in the QS World University Rankings 2022: University of Helsinki (104th), Aalto University (112th), University of Turku (295th), University of Jyväskylä (358th), University of Oulu (377th), Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT (414th), Tampere University (414th), University of Eastern Finland (521-530th), and the Abo Akademi University (601-650th).

The reputation indicators of QS Ranking are based on surveys conducted for researchers and employers, and their significance in the ranking is critical. In the evaluated indicators and in comparison to last year’s results, the University of Turku has improved its ranking in academic reputation by 11 positions (now 303rd) and citations per faculty by 40 positions (now 357th). Just like last year, the faculty/student ratio remained the strongest indicator for the University of Turku with a small drop of 12 positions (now 248th). However, employer reputation (now 346th, dropped by 43 positions) and both international faculty ratio (now 490th, dropped by 6 positions) and international student ratio (now 601+) have sternly dropped.  

Created 09.06.2021 | Updated 10.06.2021