Two Latvian universities included in QS Rankings by Subject 2021
Two Latvian universities included in QS Rankings by Subject 2021

Riga Technical University (RTU) and Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) have been included in the prestigious international ranking QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021, released last week.

Architecture, Engineering and Medicine

Riga Technical University (RTU) has improved its position and ranked among 201-220 best universities in architecture, as well as experienced an increase in engineering and technology, reaching the range of 401–450 best universities in the world. RTU has demonstrated the best results in Latvia. More about RTU results here.

Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is included in the top of the world's best universities in the field of medicine for the first time, ranking in the 501-550 position in this subject. Until now, none of Latvia's higher education institutions has entered this prestigious ranking in the field of medicine. RSU has the highest results in two categories: the number of citations and the reputation of employers.

Five subject areas

The performance of higher education institutions is evaluated in five subject areas – engineering and technology, arts and humanities, life sciences and medicine, natural sciences, as well as social sciences and management.

The universities are assessed taking into consideration the Academic reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Paper and Hirsch index. The assessment of Academic Reputation and Employer Reputation is based on extensive international surveys, citations are measured by the average number of publications that reveal the impact and quality of university research, while the Hirsch index assesses the most cited publications and citation indicators of other publications, thus analysing the productivity and impact of university scientists. 

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) share the most number-one positions with 12 each. 13 subject tables are topped by a UK university, with the University of Oxford accounting for nearly half of those (five). A total of 1440 world universities have been evaluated in various subject areas.

More about QS World University Rankings by Subject here.