October 2, 2015

Finnish Universities once again among world’s best

The University of Helsinki was Finland’s highest ranking university and also has the highest ratio of female students to male compared with any institution above it on the index.
Linda Tammisto / University of Helsinki

The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016 list has placed eight Finnish universities in its global top 500.

Of these, the University of Helsinki was the highest-ranking, in 76th position.

Elsewhere, Aalto University, the University of Turku, the University of Eastern Finland, the University of Jyväskylä, the University of Oulu, the University of Tampere and the Tampere University of Technology found themselves in the world’s 500 best.

Lappeenranta University of Technology also made the list, ranked between 501-600.

Interestingly, the University of Helsinki’s 66:34 ratio of female students to male was the highest of any institutions above it on the index. Meanwhile, the universities of Turku, Eastern Finland, Jyväskylä and Tampere all were found to have ratios exceeding 60:40 of female to male students.

Times Higher Education’s index is the only one of its kind to assess global universities across the sphere’s of teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

This year’s rankings surveyed 800 institutions representing 70 countries – 29 more than last year. A number of countries including Indonesia, Bangladesh and Kenya were represented for the first time.

According to the index, the top three universities worldwide are California Institute of Technology, University of Oxford and Stanford University.