The University of Turku Succeeded in International Rankings


The University of Turku maintained its strong position in two different rankings of the world´s top universities.

​The year 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU 2012) listed the top 500 universities of the word. The University of Turku was ranked in the position between 301 and 400.

The University of Turku succeeded especially well in the LIFE category, where the fields of biology and biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, ecology, environmental science and agronomy were evaluated. University rose to the position between 151 and 200.

QS Rankings announced evaluations, which were focused on different scientific fields of the universities. The University of Turku was ranked among the best 200 universities of the word in five different fields.

- Both of the rankings show that the University of Turku is doing well among the universities of the world. I believe that we have realistic possibilities to improve both the education and the research and go up in these listings in the near future. Especially, this requires more intensive co-operation between different the fields and thoughtful allocation of resources, which are aimed to improve the quality, says Rector of University of Turku, Kalervo Väänänen.

Five Finnish Universities in the Top 500


Top positions of the ARWU 2012 ranking went to the United States. There were 17 universities from the United States among the top 20 universities of the world. Top three were Harvard, Sanford and MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). British universities Cambridge and Oxford and Japanese University of Tokyo were also ranked among the best 20 universities.
Five Finnish universities achieved a position in the ARWU 2012 ranking. The most successful was the University of Helsinki, which was ranked at position 73. University of Turku and University of Oulu were in the positions between 301 and 400. University of Eastern Finland and University of Jyväskylä were ranked between 401 and 500.
ARWU evaluation emphasizes for example international scientific articles. The ranking is published by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.


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Created 09.12.2012 | Updated 07.06.2018