At the top in its fields

Aalto University specialises in science, art, technology and business. The university has improved markedly in rankings specific to these fields, and places high in the following well-known ranking lists.

There are between 17 000 and 22 000 universities in the world, about 1 000 in Europe, about 70 in the Nordic Countries, and 14 in Finland.

Ranking news

Art and Design at Aalto among top 10 worldwide (28 Feb 2018)
Aalto's Degree Programme in Fashion ranked fifth best in the world (30 Oct. 2017)
Aalto's Computer Science placed 47th in the US News ranking (24 Oct. 2017)
Aalto finishes 90th in Times Higher Education (THE) Computer Science ranking (17 Oct. 2017)
Aalto's Computer Science achieves excellent result in NTU ranking placing 73rd (10 Oct. 2017)
Aalto #58 in the world in Business and Economics subject of THE ranking (4 Oct. 2017)
Aalto among global tech challenger universities (11 May 2017)
Aalto #5 in the world among Millennial universities (5 April 2017)



Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
THE Engineering &Technology 2017 1 7 30 99
US News – Engineering 2017 1 7 32 116
NTU – Engineering 2017 1 4 24 128
QS – Engineering & Technology 2018 1 8 54 150


Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Financial Times – Executive Education (Open) 2017 1 2 24 46
Financial Times - European Business Schools 1 2 32  
Shanghai Ranking – Management 2017 1 2 9 49
THE - Business & Economics 2017 1 2 17 58
QS - Business and Management Studies 2018 1 2-5 16-33 51-100
US News – Economics and Business 2017 1 2 30 87

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2018 1 1 4 9
BoF – Fashion 2017 1 1 4 (BA), 11 (MA) 5 (BA), 14 (MA)





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Shanghai Ranking

Shanghai Ranking has published its ARWU ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities) since 2003, which makes ARWU the oldest of the large, international university rankings. The university-level ARWU ranking emphasises large, time-honoured universities that are active in traditional natural, life and medical sciences. Accordingly, the overall ARWU ranking is not very relevant for more specialised universities such as the Aalto University. In 2017, Shanghai Ranking launched 52 new subject rankings based on bibliometric indicators and international scientific awards. These subject rankings function well as tools for international benchmarking.

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US News Best Global Universities

US News has published the Best Global Universities ranking since 2014, but it has over 30 years of history in US university rankings. Despite its newness, the US News global ranking has been widely accepted as one of the most significant rankings along with the ARWU (Shanghai), QS and Times Higher Education (THE) rankings. It is based on bibliometric data and reputation surveys provided by Clarivate Analytics' Web of Science and InCites analysis tools. The ranking methodology has been amended on annual basis, and the results from different years are not completely comparable.

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QS World University Rankings

The reputation survey is the most essential factor in the QS rankings. It has the weight of 50% in the general rankings, and in certain fields of arts and humanities (such as Art & Design, which is important to Aalto), the entire ranking is solely based on the reputation survey. QS applies a number of indicators in its general rankings (and to a varying extent in field-specific rankings). In its publication and citation analysis based on the Scopus database of Elseview, QS does not take into account the differences between individual scientific fields regarding publication practices, but instead normalises its assessment to five main fields of science. Before 2015, QS did not take into account any differences in the publication and citation practices of different academic fields.

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National Taiwan University Ranking: Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

The NTU Ranking is based on the analysis of publication and citation data included in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science database, which emphasises volume in addition to influence. NTU's analyses are in part normalised by academic fields, but by emphasising volume alongside research impact, the general rankings of NTU also highlight fields in which large publication and citation volumes are typical (particularly natural sciences and biomedicine). In field-specific rankings, the assessment is limited to selected fields..

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CWTS Leiden Ranking

Leiden Ranking does not as such produce one ranking; instead, it uses the Web of Science database of Thomson Reuters as a basis for calculating different, considerably advanced bibliometric indicators for the universities of the world, which can be used to put the universities in a ranking order if so desired. However, the indicators are presumably more suitable for analysing and comparing the publication profiles and impacts of universities with the help of a tool pack with comparable metrics.

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THE World University Rankings

THE World University Rankings is based on 13 indicators. Reputation surveys have a considerable weight in the ranking, as do bibliometric analysis. THE is a widely respected ranking agent that widens its ranking portfolio continuously.

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