Rankings

Aalto University has improved markedly in rankings specific to science, art, technology and business. We also place high in ranking lists comparing young universities.
A Grid Aalto University / Photo by Unto Rautio

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.

There are many ranking lists comparing universities using different indicators. Most rankings evaluate research publications - their number and, for example, citations they get in other researchers' publications. Criteria may also include an international dimension, external funding, or the university's reputation among researchers and employers. Usually, the overall score of a university is determined by combining its scores in different indicators.

Some comparisons are referred to as general rankings taking a holistic view of universities. Aalto University has scored well in general comparisons which focus on universities younger than 50 years of age.

Some rankings are specific to one subject or field only and are, thereby, more relevant to a university such as Aalto University which specialises in three fields. Different disciplines apply 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 of their extensive data, 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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School of Business participates in Positive Impact Rating (PIR)

PIR is an international rating for business schools, in which students evaluate their own school on how it is solving societal and sustainability challenges.
Times Higher Education 2021
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Aalto places 23rd in the world in a new ranking emphasising collaboration

World University Research Ranking also evaluates multi-disciplinarity and research impact
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Aalto strong in international outlook in the Times Higher Education ranking

Aalto University placed among the top 250 in the world.

Success in field-specific rankings

Aalto University follows its ranking in the most widely known and most respected university comparisons. The tables below list Aalto University's position in various field-specific rankings in technology, business and art, together with general rankings for young universities. They show the high quality of research and teaching at Aalto University. 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 & Technology 2020 1 5–6 35–46 126–150
US News – Engineering 2020 1 6 23 93
NTU – Engineering 2020 1 4 22 136
QS – Engineering & Technology 2020 1 6 46

142

Business

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Financial Times – Executive Education (open) 2020 1 4 32 61
Financial Times – Executive Education (customised) 2020 1 2 19 36
Financial Times – European Business Schools 2020 1 3 37 -
ShanghaiRanking – Business Administration 2020 1 1 4 24
THE – Business & Economics 2020 1 2 15 53
QS – Business and Management studies 2020 1 2–3 19–39 51–100
US News – Economics and Business 2020 1 2 17 49

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2019 1 1 4 7

Young universities (under 50 years)

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Top 50 under 50 2020 1 1 3 9
THE Young University Rankings 2020 1 1 10 20

 

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 2020
1 2 5 34
Shanghai Ranking – Computer Science and
Engineering 2020
1 3 10–12 51–75
Leiden Ranking – Mathematics and
Computer Science (number of top10% papers) 2020
1 4 22 115
US News – Computer Science 2020 1 1 11 56
NTU – Computer Science 2020 1 1 7 73
THE – Computer Science 2020 1 1 18 66

 

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Chemical Engineering 2020 1 3–5 17–28 101–150
NTU – Chemical Engineering 2020 1 7 33 154
NTU – Materials Science 2020 1 3 22 136
US News – Materials Science 2020 1 5 26 150

Art and design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2020 1 1 4 7
QS – Architecture / Built Environment 2020 1 3 17 41

 

Global business dynamics

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Management 2020 1 1 6 27
Financial Times – Masters in Management (Aalto) 2020 1 3 45 53
Financial Times – Masters in Management (CEMS) 2020 1 2 13

13

 

Advanced energy solutions

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai – Electrical & Electronic Engineering 2020 1 6–7 19–32 76–100
NTU – Electrical Engineering 2020 1 3 15 114
US News – Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2020 1 3 16 81

 

Human-centered living environments

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS –  Architecture / Built Environment 2020 1 3 17 41
Shanghai Ranking – Transportation Science and Technology 2020 1 4 14–20 76–100
Shanghai Ranking – Marine/Ocean Engineering 2020 1 3 13 35
US News – Civil Engineering 2020 1 3 20 77

 

 

Health and wellbeing

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Medical Technology 2020 1 7–9 58–82 101–150

 

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