The University of Turku was placed 287th in the QS World University Rankings 2020. All in all, 1,000 different universities were globally ranked according to six indicators.
QS World University Rankings uses different comparison indicators in their ranking: academic reputation, employer reputation, citations per faculty, faculty/student ratio, international faculty ratio, and international student ratio.
Nine Finnish universities were among the best ranked 1,000 universities in the world, and the University of Turku was nationally the third best at the 287th place. The University of Helsinki was ranked 107th and Aalto University as 134th.
The reputation indicators of the QS rankings are based on surveys conducted for researchers and employers, and their significance in the ranking is great. The University of Turku improved its ranking in employer reputation by 74 places being 227th this year. Employer reputation was the University’s best placement among the different indicators. In academic reputation, the University kept is placement. Furthermore, the placement in the citations per faculty has also improved. According to the ranking, the University has most to improve in the indicators for faculty/student ratio and international faculty and student ratio.
– The positive development in employer reputation reflects the University's emphasis on personnel and student well-being in its current Strategy. We have also worked hard towards reaching this goal. In the future, we will invest even more in international student recruitment, says Vice Rector Kalle-Antti Suominen.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) gained the first place in the ranking, Stanford University came in second, and Harvard University was placed third, all of them from the United States. The top ten also included four universities from Great Britain, two other universities from the US, and one from Switzerland.
– In general, the placements of many universities from the US and Britain have slightly dropped due to a decrease in the internationality indicators. Instead, Australian universities have strengthened their internationality and Chinese universities have gained ground especially in academic impact, assesses Development Specialist Pirkko Mäenpää.