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 Finland Nordic countries Europe World
ARWU (Shanghai) – Engineering/Technology and Computer Science 2016 1 7–9 35–56 151–200
US News – Engineering 2016 1 7 36 136
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 2016 1 3 33 96
Financial Times – Executive Education (Open) 2016 1 2 18 37

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2016 1 1 6 17


Corporation collaboration

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



Ranking news

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 Best Global Universities is a newcomer in the market for major international rankings based on data produced by Thomson Reuters. A reputation survey is highlighted with an emphasis of 25%, but the publication and citation analysis is considerably balanced.

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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 purely based on the analysis of the publication and citation data included in the Web of Science database of Thomson Reuters. 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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