Students walk past their studying peers at Aalto University
 Aalto University was ranked joint second among Finnish universities, along with the University of Turku. Image: Aino Huovio

Finnish universities feature in global ARWU ranking

A total of seven Finnish universities have been listed on the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).

James O’Sullivan


Of the seven Finnish institutions, the University of Helsinki was the highest ranked, in 82nd place overall, with its dentistry and oral sciences subjects ranking 27th worldwide.

The other Finnish universities listed were Aalto University (301–400), the University of Turku (301–400), the University of Oulu (401–500), Tampere University (501–600), the University of Eastern Finland (601–700) and the University of Jyväskylä (701–800).

Students celebrating the University of Turku's 100th anniversary

The University of Turku celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2020. Image: Facebook/University of Turku

Certain disciplines stood out from the pack. Aalto University’s business administration ranked 25th worldwide, the University of Turku’s nursing studies 35th and the University of Oulu’s telecommunication engineering studies 46th.

Also known as the Shanghai Ranking, ARWU assessed more than 2 000 universities worldwide and published the top 1 000. Four main criteria are used to rank the universities: quality of education, quality of faculty, research output and per-capita performance.

Harvard University once again topped the list, followed by Stanford and Cambridge.

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