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

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)
Art and Design at Aalto rose to the 13th place worldwide (8 March 2017)



Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
ARWU (Shanghai) – Engineering/Technology and Computer Science 2016 1 7–9 35–56 151–200
US News – Engineering 2017 1     116
US News – Computer Science 2017 1 2 11 47
NTU – Engineering 2016 1 4 19 112
QS – Engineering & Technology 2015 1 7 42 133


Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
ARWU (Shanghai) – Economics/Business 2015 1 5–7 24–44 101–150
US News – Economics and Business 2017 1     87
Financial Times – Executive Education (Open and Customised) 2017 1 2 24 46

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2017 1 1   13
BoF – Fashion 2017 1     5 (BA), 14 (MA)


Corporation collaboration

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
CWTS-Leiden – Industry Collaboration 2015 1 4 7 14





More information about the selected rankings

ARWU: The Academic Ranking of World Universities (so-called Shanghai list)

ARWU, also known as the Shanghai list, is the most famous of the major international rankings. The criteria used by ARWU include the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals, number of especially highly cited researchers, number of articles published in the Nature and Science journals, and number of articles indexed in the Web of Science database of Thomson Reuters. ARWU does not significantly take into account differences between academic fields and rewards universities for extensive volume. Therefore, ARWU (particularly the general rankings) highlights large and old universities in the traditional fields of natural sciences and biomedicine. In field-specific rankings, the assessment is limited to selected fields.

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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. In 2015, 750 of the world's biggest universities according to publication volume (based on the Web of Science database of Thomson Reuters) were included in the assessment. In 2015, the subject categories contained by the Leiden Ranking do not allow observing the fields represented by Aalto University separately from other fields.

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