Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) has been included in various international university rankings because of the student-oriented and international learning environment fostered at the university. The leading motivations for participating in the rankings are the opportunity to gain international recognition and to highlight strengths and certain features at the university that still need to be perfected on the path towards excellence in studies and research.
RSU plans its participation in rankings in a thoughtful way and implements them in conformity with the university’s strategic goals. International university rankings are mainly used as a tool for self-assessment, as the evaluation systems and criteria used by various rankings are different, thus, allowing for an analysis of the university’s performance from different perspectives.
The results of the world university rankings allow users to compare the level of academic and scientific performance, while the selected assessment criteria help understand global tendencies, which is essential as the university offers an internationally-recognised learning environment.
Prospective students may benefit from the rankings to help them gain a wider overview of a particular university in a global context. However, it should be noted that there are numerous university rankings and that each ranking has its own distinctive approach, therefore, the university’s position in different rankings may vary.
RSU’s highest achievements in the 2023/2024 university rankings
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings
RSU is ranked among the world's top 601-800 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2023.
RSU is the highest ranked university in Latvia and has achieved the second best ranking among universities in the Baltic States.
The highest results were achieved in two indicators: citation rate (75.5 points or 399th in the world) and international outlook (73.1 points or 297th in the world).
THE World University Rankings are considered one of the most prestigious university rankings in the world, and has an emphasis on research. THE World University Rankings differs from other rankings in that only universities that are active in research are ranked and can be included. The analysis of the bibliometric indicators of universities is based on data extracted from Elsevier's Scopus database. THE rankings have been produced since 2004, providing students and their families, academics, university leaders, government and industry with reliable data on universities.
RSU entered THE World University Ranking for the first time in 2021.
THE World University Ranking uses 13 carefully selected performance indicators to provide the broadest and most balanced comparison in five areas: 1) teaching: the learning environment (30%), 2) research: volume, income and reputation (30%), 3) citations: research influence (30%), international outlook: staff, students and research (7.5%) and industry income: knowledge transfer (2.5%).
- Times Higher Education World University Rankings by subject
RSU is ranked 401 – 500 in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022 in the clinical and health subject field.
The highest score was obtained in the international outlook indicator (80.2 points), which allowed RSU to take the leading position among all Baltic universities in this category.
THE ranks the world's most prestigious universities, as well as 11 different fields annually. THE Clinical and Health Rankings highlight universities that are at the forefront of medicine, dentistry and other healthcare fields and have a high research intensity.
RSU was included in the Clinical and Health Ranking for the first time in 2021.
THE Clinical and Health Ranking uses the same 13 performance indicators across the five field as the World University Ranking, but tailors them to suit the specificities of each field. In the clinical and health field, the following evaluation criteria are applied: 1) teaching: the learning environment (27.5%), 2) Research: volume, income and reputation (27.5%) 3) Citations: research influence (35%) as well as 4) International outlook: staff, students and research (7.5%) and 5) Industry income: innovation (2.5%).
- Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
- RSU ranks 301-400 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2022
- Highest ranking - 12th in the world for implementing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, Good Health and Well-being
- 201st-300th place in SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and 301st-400th place in SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals.
The Times Higher Education (THE) is among the most influential university rankings in the world. THE is the UK’s publisher and reporter on issues related to higher education.
THE Impact Rankings is among the most recent THE rankings first published in 2019. Its criteria have been developed based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The ranking shows the social and economic impact of a university and is the only global ranking that assesses institutional operations and efforts made to achieve sustainable development goals.
RSU was included in this ranking for the first time in 2020.
The ranking shows how efficient a university's performance is at reaching sustainable development goals through research, outreach, management and teaching. Each of the 17 goals has several distinctive criteria used to assess the level of the university’s performance.
RSU ranks 12th in Times Higher Education Sustainability Rankings’ Good Health and Well-being Category
RSU's Sustainability Development Highly Ranked in Prestigious Times Higher Education Ranking
RSU Included in Global Ranking Measuring University Performance For the First Time
- QS World University Rankings
- RSU ranks 901-950 overall in the QS World University Rankings 2024.
- RSU received the highest ranking in international student ratio - 138th in the world (the best achievement among all Latvian and Baltic universities).
QS World University Rankings is among the most renowned university rankings in the world that has since 2004 been published annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a company specialising in analysing higher education institutions. The QS World University Rankings only include the 1,500 best universities from around the world.
RSU has been included in the QS World University Rankings since 2019 and has steadily maintained its position among the best universities in the world for the sixth year in a row.
With the 20th anniversary of the QS World University Rankings, the QS ranking has made significant changes to its evaluation criteria. Instead of the previous six, the world's best universities are now evaluated and ranked according to nine different criteria:
- Academic reputation (30 %)
- Employer reputation (15 %)
- Faculty / student ratio (10 %)
- Citations per faculty (20 %)
- International faculty ratio (5 %)
- International student ratio (5 %)
- Sustainability (5%)
- Employability (5%)
International research collaboration (5%)
- QS World University Rankings by Subject
- RSU was ranked among the world’s best medical universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022 and reached 501-550 place.
- The highest results were achieved in two performance indicators used to rank universities – the number of citations and employer reputation in the field of medicine.
QS World University Rankings by Subject is one of the best-known global ratings by the higher education company QS, which ranks the world’s top universities in individual subject areas. Only 670 top universities in the field of medicine enter the ranking. RSU was the first Latvian university to be ranked among the world's top medical universities in the QS Medical Ranking in 2021.
In 2021, RSU ranked among the world’s best medical universities in the QS World University Rankings by Subject for the first time. RSU is the only university in Latvia that has managed to enter the QS ranking in one of the five subject areas – medicine.
The ranking covers a total of 51 disciplines that are grouped into five broad subject areas. In total, only around 1,450 higher education institutions from around the world enter one of the field lists compiled by the QS. The ranking was first compiled in 2011 and since then, the number of lists has increased from 25 to 51 disciplines.
To be included in the QS World University Rankings by Subject list, universities have to demonstrate globally competitive results in four areas. In the field of medicine, the following assessment criteria are applied: 1) academic reputation (40%), 2) employer reputation (10%), as well as two indicators for evaluating scientific activity (obtained from Scopus database) 3) research citations per paper (25%) and 4) Hirsch index (25%).
- QS EECA University Rankings
- RSU ranks in 119th place in the QS EECA University Rankings 2022
- RSU received the highest results in two categories: share of international students and citation rate, ranking 16th and 17th in the region, respectively. In either category, RSU is placed highest among the Latvian universities.
QS World University Rankings: EECA Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) are the regional university rankings of Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a leading global higher education and career development network. The QS EECA regional rankings feature the top 450 universities in the region, representing a total of 29 countries. In total, there are more than 3,300 higher education institutions in emerging Europe and Central Asia, covering a geographical area from Estonia to Cyprus, from Slovenia to Kazakhstan. RSU has been included in the regional QS EECA ranking since 2015.
The results of the QS EECA Rankings are based on ten indicators that are different from those used of the QS World University Rankings:
- Academic reputation (30%);
- Employer reputation (20%);
- Faculty/student ratio (10%);
- International research network (10%);
- Papers per faculty (10%);
- Citations per paper (5%);
- Staff with a PhD (5%);
- Web impact (5%);
- International student body (2.5%);
- International faculty (2.5%).
- SCImago Institutions Rankings
- RSU ranks 1st in Latvia and 641st in the world in the SCImago Institutions Rankings 2022 international ranking of academic and research institutions (35 places higher than in 2021).
The institutional rating SCImago Institutions Rankings evaluates the scientific activities of not only universities but also of research institutions around the world. It has been published annually since 2009, and was developed by the Spanish research organisation SCImago Lab in close cooperation with international partners. SCImago Lab has also developed the widely known SCImago Journal & Country Rank, which allows comparisons between the scientific indicators of journals and countries obtained from the information contained in Scopus (Elsevier B. V.) database.
SCImago Institutions Rankings differ from other university ratings in that they do not use statistical data produced by the institutions themselves in the rating. The rating is based on data retrieved from databases that provide information on various scientific results (e. g. scientific publications and journals, patents), as well as from platforms collecting data on the impact of research on society. The database Scopus created by the publishing house Elsevier is used for the analysis of scientific publications and citations, whereas patent-related information is analysed on the basis of the information obtained in the patent statistics database PATSTAT.
RSU ranks first in Latvia in the SCImago Institutions Rankings for the fourth year in a row.
A combined indicator is used to rank academic and research institutions combining three sets of criteria: research achievements (50 %), innovation results (30 %) and societal impact (20 %).
U-Multirank University Rankings
RSU has received a total of 12 A grades, as well as 9 B grades in the U-Multirank 2022 ranking of higher education institutions.
RSU received good results in the U-Multirank 2022 institutional rankings in all five defined areas of activity: research - 5 As and 2 Bs; regional engagement - 3 As and 1 B; international orientation - 2 As and 2 Bs; teaching and learning - 1 A and 3 Bs; knowledge transfer - 1 A and 1 B.
In the U-Multirank World University Ranking 2021-2022 by Subject, RSU received a total of nine As in the medical rankings and was nominated in the Innovative forms of teaching and assessment category and was ranked among the top 25 universities in the world.
U-Multirank is an international ranking with a different approach to comparing institutes of higher education in that it allows users to create personalised rankings according to their own preferences. U-Multirank differs from other rankings by not producing tables of the best rankings, but rather allows comparison between institutions with a similar institutional profile. U-Multirank was proposed by the European Commission and the first U-Multirank ranking results were published in 2014. This ranking covering around 850 universities from 74 countries. The number of universities ranked increases every year and in 2022, the ninth year of publication, 2,202 universities from 96 countries were included.
RSU has participated in the institutional rankings every year since 2014. RSU was first included in the U-Multirank subject rankings in 2021, in the medical ranking. While the U-Multirank institutional rankings are published annually, the subject rankings are published periodically.
U-Multirank assesses universities' performance against more than 30 different criteria that are grouped into five performance areas: 1) teaching and learning, 2) research, 3) knowledge transfer, 4) international orientation and 5) regional engagement. Universities’ performance in each area is rated on a scale from A (very good) to E (weak).