International comparisons and university rankings
We take part in university rankings to compare our university's research performance, education quality and international relations with those of other universities. We continuously strive to improve the quality, impact and visibility of our research as well as the amount of competitive funding awarded to us.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings
LUT took part in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for the first time in 2014. For a first-timer, our outcome was excellent. LUT was ranked among the top 300 universities in the world.
In the most recent THE rankings published in autumn 2015, LUT's position was 501-600. THE's redefined indicators were the reason for the drop even though LUT improved its result in three areas out of five compared to the previous year. LUT's special strength is still societal impact: in industry collaboration, which was one of the indicators, LUT ranked 84th.
Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings is one of the world's most highly regarded university ranking systems. It lists the top 800 universities in the world. The areas assessed are research, teaching, international outlook, and funding. The ranking is based on 13 indicators.
QS World University Rankings (QS)
LUT took part in the QS World University Rankings (QS) for the first time in 2016. We were ranked straight away among the top 400 universities – our position was 356th.
QS is, along with THE and the so-called Shanghai list (ARWU Academic Ranking of World Universities), one of the leading university rankings in the world. QS lists the world's top 916 universities.
QS ranks universities based on six indicators. The areas assessed include academic reputation, employer reputation, international faculty, citations per faculty member, the student-to-faculty ratio, and the number of international students.
World's top 20 challenger universities
LUT is one of the world's 20 most promising and rapidly developing challenger universities according to a report by the Firetail consulting firm.
Firetail listed 20 universities around the world that could challenge the academic elite and become globally renowned by the year 2030.
What these "rising stars" have in common is their balance of long-term vision with short-term execution of strategy; clear view of the changing world and their role in it; robust plan to generate the resources, people and culture needed to be successful; and focus on impact.
The report identified a total of 346 potential rising universities, but only the ones that can sustain their development over the next 15 years will become globally influential.
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