Do you want to study in the Nordics in Finland? At Aalto University science and art meet technology and business. We believe in the power of curiosity and encourage our students to explore the unknown as well as to learn and do things in a whole new way.
We have gathered information on our performance in the best-known university rankings on this page.
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.
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.
|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)||
|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|
|QS – Art & Design 2022||1||1||4||6|
|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.
|Shanghai Ranking – Telecommunications
|Shanghai Ranking – Computer Science and
|Shanghai Ranking – Library and Information Science 2022||1||2||6||46|
|Leiden Ranking – Mathematics and
Computer Science (number of top10% papers) 2022
|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|
|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|
|QS – Art & Design 2022||1||1||4||6|
|QS – Architecture / Built Environment 2022||1||2||16||42 (jaettu)|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|Shanghai Ranking – Medical Technology 2022||2–5||13–18||102–165||201–300|
More information about the selected rankings:
Shanghai Ranking has published its ARWU ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities) since 2003, which makes ARWU the oldest of the large, international university rankings. The university-level ARWU ranking emphasises large, time-honoured universities that are active in traditional natural, life and medical sciences. Accordingly, the overall ARWU ranking is not very relevant for more specialised universities such as the Aalto University. In 2017, Shanghai Ranking launched 52 new subject rankings based on bibliometric indicators and international scientific awards. These subject rankings function well as tools for international benchmarking.
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.
THE World University Rankings is based on 13 indicators. Reputation surveys have a considerable weight in the ranking, as do bibliometric analysis. THE is a widely respected ranking agent that widens its ranking portfolio continuously.
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.
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.
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.
Financial Times Business School Rankings