September 6, 2017

Finnish universities ranked highly again

The University of Helsinki is the third-highest Nordic university on the list.
The University of Helsinki is the third-highest Nordic university on the list.
Mika Huisman

The results of this year’s international Times Higher Education ranking contain some familiar faces in Finnish education.

Altogether, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings listed the world’s top 1 000 higher education institutions. This represents a mere five per cent of the 20 000 higher education institutions on offer. Each was surveyed across its teaching, research and research citations. The international outlook and interaction with the business sector of each were also considered.

A total of nine Finnish universities featured this year, the same as in 2017. The University of Helsinki was once again ranked the most favourably of its local peers, moving up one place to 90th

“The international citations for the University of Helsinki’s researchers prove that we do top-level, reliable research,” states rector Jukka Kola. “Our constant efforts to further improve our teaching have also borne fruit. We hope that our education reform will further boost the quality of teaching at our university.”

Elsewhere, three other Finnish universities improved their ranking: Aalto University rose to 190, while the University of Tampere was ranked in the 201–250 range and the University of Eastern Finland between 301–350.

The universities of Oulu, Turku and Jyväskylä, along with Lappeenranta University of Technology and Tampere University of Technology rounded out the Finnish contingent.

Topping this year’s ranking were the English universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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