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Global rankings recognise new wave of Finnish universities

Finland’s Aalto University and Tampere University have been recognised as some of the world’s best academic institutions under the age of 50 by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education (THE).

Aleksi Teivainen


Aalto University came in 20th and Tampere University 34th in the Young University Ranking 2020 by THE, a ranking that evaluates young universities on their core missions of teaching, research knowledge and international outlook.

QS, in turn, placed the former ninth and the latter in the 51–60 band in the latest iteration of its Top 50 Under 50. The University of Eastern Finland was recognised in the 71–80 band of the ranking that changes noticeably year after year as universities are excluded from consideration after their 50th year in operation.

On both rankings, Aalto University was the highest-ranked institution from the Nordics.

The rankings suggest that the best young universities in the world are located in Asia. Both QS and THE placed The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Nanyang Technological Institute, Singapore in the top-two, albeit in different order. Paris-based PSL Research University was the first European university on both rankings, coming in fifth and third respectively.

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