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 Finland offers some of the world’s best opportunities to study subjects such as art and design, library and information management, theology and religious studies, education, and performing arts. Image: Aalto University / Tuomas Uusheimo

Finnish universities recognised among best in field by QS

Aalto University achieved the highest ranking by a Finnish university in QS World University Rankings by Subject, securing the sixth place in the field of art and design.

Aleksi Teivainen

26.04.2022

“Art and design can open novel perspectives on and solutions to the world’s grand challenges,” commented Tuomas Auvinen, dean of the School of Art, Design and Architecture at Aalto University.

“It’s exciting to be ranked among the best in the world in this area.”

The Espoo-based university made it into the top 100 also in architecture and built environment (43rd), business and management (74th), computer science and information systems (84th), materials science (95th) and electrical and electronic engineering (97th).

The University of Helsinki secured top-100 spots in as many as 11 fields, landing 20th in theology, divinity and religious studies; 21st in education and training; 43rd in agriculture and forestry; 47th in linguistics, 60th in pharmacy and pharmacology; 75th in biological sciences; 77th in environmental sciences; 78th in sociology; 84th in English language and literature; 94th in psychology; and 99th in modern languages.

The ranking in education and training also featured two other universities from Finland, with the University of Turku coming in at 62 and the University of Jyväskylä at 81. The former was named the world’s 28th best university in the field of nursing.

Tampere University, in turn, was recognised as the 12th best place to study library and information management. Sibelius Academy, part of the University of the Arts Helsinki, came in 22nd in performing arts.

QS World University Rankings by Subject covers a total of 51 specific subjects in five broad subject areas. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology share the status of the world’s best university according to the rankings, each leading the way in 12 subjects. There are around 17 000–22 000 universities in the world depending on the criteria.

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