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 university rankings in the academic year 2021/2022
- Times Higher Education Impact Rankings
- RSU ranks 301-400 in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2021
- Highest ranking - 28th in the world for implementing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3, Good Health and Well-being
- SDG 17, Partnerships for the Goals, SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions, and SDG 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth are also highly rated.
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.
- QS World University Rankings
- RSU ranks 801-1000 overall in the QS World University Rankings 2022.
- RSU received the highest ranking in international student ratio - 133rd in the world.
QS World University Rankings is among the most renowned university rankings in the world published annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a company specialising in analysing higher education institutions. The QS World University Rankings reveal between 1,100-1,300 of the 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 fourth year in a row.
The top universities are evaluated and listed according to the following six different criteria:
- Academic reputation (40 %);
- Employer reputation (10 %);
- Faculty / student ratio (20 %);
- Citations per faculty (20 %);
- International faculty ratio (5 %);
- International student ratio (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 2021 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 650 top universities in the field of medicine enter the ranking.
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 121st place in the QS EECA University Rankings 2021
- RSU received the highest results in two categories - citation rate and share of international students, ranking 9th and 16th in the region respectively.
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 400 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 676th in the world in the SCImago Institutions Rankings 2021 international ranking of academic and research institutions.
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 third 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 Institutional Ranking
- RSU received a total of 7 top "A" grades in the U-Multirank 2020 international ranking of higher education institutions and is ranked among the world's top 25 universities in the Open Access Publications Index.
U-Multirank is an international university ranking system applying a user-driven, multidimensional approach. U-Multirank takes a different approach compared to other widely recognised university rankings. Instead of producing a table of the world’s top universities, U-Multirank compares various performance indicators taking into account different aspects.
U-Multirank is an independent ranking system developed on the initiative of the European Commission to ensure objectiveness and clearer overview of the universities' performance in various fields of operation. The first edition of U-Multirank came out in 2014 covering 850 institutions from 74 countries. The number of participating universities keeps growing every year. The edition of 2020 is the seventh one with around 1800 universities from 92 countries.
RSU has been included in the ranking each year since 2014. In the past three years, the university has demonstrated the best results in the indicators associated with regional significance.
U-Multirank compares university performance according to more than 30 different criteria in five areas:
- Teaching and learning;
- Knowledge transfer;
- Regional involvement.
University performance in each criterion is ranked using a scale from A to E with A indicating ‘very good’ and E ‘weak’ performance.
- QS Best Student Cities
Rīga is listed 110th among the world’s best student cities. The ranking featuring 120 of the world's best student cities is compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a renowned company operating in the field of higher education. The QS Best Student Cities is published annually to highlight the best study destinations. For the first time, Rīga was included in the list of the world’s best student cities in 2019. As regards the Baltic States, Lithuania’s capital Vilnius was listed 95th, while no Estonian city has made the list.
The indicators for the QS Best Student Cities are weighted equally within each of the six categories:
Collective performance of universities in the QS World University Rankings;
- Mix of students;
- Employer activity;
- Student opinions.