Aalto University

Rankings

Aalto University performs well in international university rankings. In subject-specific rankings, we place 6th globally in art & design and are in the top 100 in several other subjects.

We have gathered information on our performance in the best-known university rankings on this page.
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A university of high international standing

Aalto University shapes a sustainable future. We are a highly international community with a strong academic standing. We place 40th in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking list of most international universities in the world.

The university has improved markedly in rankings specific to our fields: technology, business, and art & design. Our best ranking result is in the field of art & design, where we rank 6th globally according to QS.

Other subject-specific rankings are listed in the tables below.

Depending on how the figure is calculated, there are 17 000–22 000 universities in the world, of which approximately 1 000 are in Europe, around 70 in the Nordic countries, and 14 in Finland.

Different ranking lists use different indicators to compare universities. Most rankings evaluate research publications - their quantity and, for example, how many times they are cited. The criteria may also include external funding, an international dimension, or the university's reputation among researchers and employers. Usually, the overall score of a university is determined by combining its score on different indicators.

General rankings are comparisons which take a holistic view to evaluating universities. Aalto University has scored well in general comparisons which focus on universities less than 50 years old.

Subject-specific rankings relevant to Aalto

Some rankings are specific to a single subject or field, and these are more relevant to a university such as Aalto University which specialises in three fields. Different disciplines have different publishing practices, and comparisons which focus on a specific field enable universities to be assessed on equal terms.

Organisations that produce rankings also create special lists which take into account only one indicator or criterion, such as an international dimension, business cooperation or external financing.

Ranking news

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Aalto’s Economics and Business ranks 67th globally in NTU ranking

Also among the top 100 are computer science ranked 79th and electrical engineering ranked 92nd.
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ShanghaiRanking: Aalto University ranks in top 100 worldwide in nine academic subjects

Marine/Ocean Engineering , Business Administration, Management and Library & Information Science were the best performers among Aalto’s subjects
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Aalto University ranks 116th in the world in QS Ranking

Aalto is 68th worldwide in research impact.
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Aalto ranks 54th for responsible consumption and production in THE Impact Ranking

The Impact Rankings 2022 by the Times Higher Education assesses universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Strong performance

We track our ranking in the most widely known and most respected university comparisons. The tables below list Aalto's position in various field-specific rankings in technology, business and art, together with the general rankings for young universities. They show the high quality of our research and teaching.

The legend for the abbreviations used in the tables is at the bottom of the page.

Technology

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
THE – Engineering 2021 1 5–6 25–34 101–125
US News – Engineering 2021 1 6 24 104
NTU – Engineering 2022 1 3 (shared) 17 (shared) 136 (shared)
QS – Engineering & Technology 2022 1 5 36 (shared)

110 (shared)

Business

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Financial Times – Executive Education (open) 2022 2 4 32 46
Financial Times – Executive Education (customised) 2022 2 3 25 35
Financial Times – European Business Schools 2021 1 3 38 -
ShanghaiRanking – Business Administration 2022 1 1 6 24
THE – Business & Economics 2021 1 2 18 60
NTU – Economics & Business 2022 1 1 15 67
US News – Economics and Business 2021 1 2 14 41

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2022 1 1 4 6

Young universities (under 50 years)

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Top 50 under 50 2021 1 1 3 9
THE Young University Rankings 2022 1 1 18 30

 

Key competence areas

The cornerstones of Aalto University research are four fundamental competence areas: ICT and digitalisation, materials and sustainable use of natural resources, global business dynamics, and arts and design.  Aalto University also focuses on three integrative multidisciplinary themes: advanced energy solutions, health and wellbeing, and human-centered living environments.

The rankings listed below are specific to these key areas.

ICT and digitalisation

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Telecommunications
Engineering 2022
2–3 3–5 10–18 51–75
Shanghai Ranking – Computer Science and
Engineering 2022
1 2–3 7–12 51–75
Shanghai Ranking – Library and Information Science 2022 1 2 6 46
Leiden Ranking – Mathematics and
Computer Science (number of top10% papers) 2022
1 4 19 122
US News – Computer Science 2021 1 1 12 68
NTU – Computer Science 2022 1 1 6 79
THE – Computer Science 2021 1 1 21 79

 

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Materials Sciences 2022 1 4 23 (shared) 95 (shared)
NTU – Chemical Engineering 2022 1 6 25 126
US News – Polymer Science 2021 1 2 8 54
US News – Condensed Matter Physics 2021 1 2 18 118

Art and design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2022 1 1 4 6
QS – Architecture / Built Environment 2022 1 2 16 42 (jaettu)

 

Global business dynamics

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Business Administration 2022 1 1 6 24
Shanghai Ranking – Management 2022 1 2 9 38
QS – Business and Management studies 2022 1 3 30 74
Financial Times – Masters in Management 2021 2 4 46 56

 

Advanced energy solutions

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2022 1 5 31 97 (shared)
NTU – Electrical Engineering 2022 1 2 12 92
US News – Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2021 1 4 18 92

 

Human-centered living environments

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS –  Architecture / Built Environment 2022 1 2 16 42 (shared)
Shanghai Ranking – Transportation Science and Technology 2022 1 4–5 19–33 101–150
Shanghai Ranking – Marine/Ocean Engineering 2022 1 2 7 21

 

 

Health and wellbeing

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Medical Technology 2022 2–5 13–18 102–165 201–300

 

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