We monitor our university's research quality, productivity, potential and impact regularly. In the Research and Impact Assessment (RIA) in June 2019, an international panel of peer reviewers stated that LUT's research has a significant impact on society. The quality of LUT's research was previously evaluated in the 2012 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE).
The RIA examined the university's activity in 2013-2018, highlighting the years 2015-2018 after the launch of LUT University's Trailblazer strategy. The Trailblazer strategy 2015-2020 focused on 1) clean energy, 2) the circular economy, emphasising clean water and waste streams, and 3) sustainable business and entrepreneurship.
According to the latest RIA report, for example, the research platforms have demonstrated good networking abilities aimed at teaming up with national or international institutions and research groups. The research platforms have also exploited competences available within the LUT schools.
Assessment by independent international panel
The RIA was conducted by an independent, international panel of high-level experts. The panel members are professionally engaged in the fields in which LUT performs research.
The assessment was a peer-review process. The panel considered written self-assessments of LUT schools, including impact cases, bibliometric data, and other indicators of the quality and impact of research. In addition, the panel interviewed a wide range of internal groups during its visit.
Members of the RIA panel 2019:
- Brian Norton, Professor, Principal, Technological University Dublin, Ireland, Chair
- Fioralba Cakoni, Professor of Mathematics, Rutgers University, USA
- Mats Engwall, Professor of Industrial Management, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
- Elzbieta Frackowiak, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Poznań University of Technology, Poland
- Andres Kecskemethy, Professor of Mechanics and Robotics, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
- Patricia Lago, Professor of Software and Services, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Tage Koed Madsen, Professor of Marketing, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
- Øystein Moen, Professor of Industrial Economics, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
- Piero Salatino, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Universita' degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy
- Lennart Söder, Professor of Electric Power Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden