Aalto University

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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Business & Economics places 60th in Times Higher Education ranking

Aalto University ranks 2nd among Nordic universities
Times HIgher Education ranking sijoitus 79
Research & Art, University Published:
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Aalto ranks 28th in Times Higher Education listing for young universities

The ranking lists the world’s best universities under 50 years of age.

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 2021 1 5–6 25–34 101–125
US News – Engineering 2021 1 6 24 104
NTU – Engineering 2021 1 5 20 140
QS – Engineering & Technology 2021 1 5 33

116

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 2021 1 1 5 25
THE – Business & Economics 2021 1 2 18 60
QS – Business and Management studies 2021 1 3 27 71
US News – Economics and Business 2021 1 2 14 41

Art and Design

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Art & Design 2021 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 2021 1 2 16 28

 

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 2021
1 2 6 40
Shanghai Ranking – Computer Science and
Engineering 2021
1 2–3 8–11 51–75
Leiden Ranking – Mathematics and
Computer Science (number of top10% papers) 2021
1 2 15 105
US News – Computer Science 2021 1 1 12 68
NTU – Computer Science 2021 1 1 5 64
THE – Computer Science 2021 1 1 21 79

 

Materials and sustainable use of natural resources

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Materials Sciences 2021 1 4 23 98
NTU – Chemical Engineering 2021 1 7 30 141
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 2021 1 1 4 6
QS – Architecture / Built Environment 2021 1 2 17 42

 

Global business dynamics

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Business Administration 2021 1 1 5 25
Shanghai Ranking – Management 2021 1 2 8 31
Financial Times – Masters in Management 2021 2 4 46 56

 

Advanced energy solutions

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
QS – Electrical and Electronic Engineering 2021 1 5 25 79
NTU – Electrical Engineering 2021 1 3 12 96
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 2021 1 2 17 42
Shanghai Ranking – Transportation Science and Technology 2021 1 4 13–21 76–100
Shanghai Ranking – Marine/Ocean Engineering 2021 1 3 11 39

 

 

Health and wellbeing

Ranking Finland Nordic countries Europe World
Shanghai Ranking – Medical Technology 2021 1–2 7–11 52–82 101–150

 

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