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Finnish universities shine in global ranking

Aalto University was the highest placed Finnish university in this year’s ranking.

Aalto University / Roee Cohen

The QS World University Rankings' highly anticipated 2024 edition has been released. In this latest release, Finnish universities have made their mark, showcasing their academic excellence on the world stage.

Leading the pack among Finnish institutions in the ranking is Aalto University in 109th position. This marks a significant improvement from its previous ranking of 116th. The University of Helsinki, on the other hand, experienced a slight decline, occupying the 115th spot compared to its 2023 ranking of 106th. Rounding up the top five Finnish universities are the University of Oulu (313th), the University of Turku (315th) and Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT (351st).

The other notable Finnish universities to be included in the ranking this year are Tampere University (436th), the University of Jyväskylä (446th), the University of Eastern Finland (548th) and Åbo Akademi University (601-610).

The University of Turku was listed in 315th place.

University of Turku

Earlier this year, the annual QS World University Rankings by Subject prominently featured Finnish universities, showcasing their expanded global approach to higher education.

The QS World University Rankings are based on an analysis of 17.5 million academic papers, supplemented by feedback from over 240 000 academic faculty members and employers.

Through an evaluation of 1 500 institutions across 104 locations, the rankings offer valuable insights into universities' performance and impact. To determine universities' positions, the rankings consider various key criteria, including academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty-to-student ratio, international student ratio and international faculty ratio.

Marking the 20th edition of the esteemed ranking, this year saw the incorporation of three new metrics: sustainability, employment outcomes and international research network. By encompassing these aspects, the ranking offers a comprehensive evaluation of universities' overall excellence.

At the summit of the global rankings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) maintains its position as the leading institution for the 12th consecutive year. The University of Cambridge secures the second spot for yet another year, while the University of Oxford climbs one position to claim third place.

By: James O’Sullivan