Best in Finland, fifth in the Nordic countries – The University of Helsinki holds its position in the QS World University Rankings

Employers hold Finnish higher education institutions in increasingly high esteem.

The University of Helsinki placed 106th in a recently completed international university ranking, again coming at the top among Finnish higher education institutions. Aalto University came second, 10 places behind the University of Helsinki. The ranking indicates the University of Helsinki’s reputation is at its strongest in scholarly circles.

In the comparison between Nordic higher education institutions, the University of Helsinki is ranked fifth.

In addition to researchers’ opinions, the comparison carried out by the Quacquarelli Symonds organisation takes into account, among other things, the university’s reputation among employers as well as its international aspects, the number of citations for research conducted at the university, and its teacher–student ratio.

Both the University of Helsinki and Aalto fell slightly in the ranking from the previous year, with the former dropping two places and the latter four. In total, the ranking includes 1,418 universities. The slight decline, which also applies to other Finnish higher education institutions, comes particularly down to the teacher–student ratio. Recruiting more researchers would make it possible to climb closer to the top.

As for Finland’s strengths, they include the quality of research, in addition to which our higher education institutions improved their international reputation among employers.

ETH Zurich the best in Europe

The ranking is dominated by higher education institutions from the United States and the United Kingdom. The only institution from another country in the top 10 is ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. As in the previous 10 rankings, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) holds the number one position. This time around, Cambridge was named the best university in the United Kingdom ahead of Oxford.

The top universities in China reached places 12 and 14.

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