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Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is ranked among the 25 best universities in the world in the research category on Open Access publications in the U-Multirank international university rankings published on 9 June 2020.


Overall RSU has received the seven of highest grade A, which is a significantly better result than a year ago. RSU received the most As in the field of regional involvement, which evaluates the employment opportunities of bachelor's and master's degree graduates in the region, as well as the proportion of publications with co-authors from the region.

RSU also received A ratings in other areas of the U-Multirank performance evaluation – 2 in the research category, for example. In these areas, the results from creative activities and the availability of publications in open access journals were assessed.


Compared to the previous year, RSU has managed to improve significantly in one of the international indicators, where the A grade was given for the high proportion of international academic staff. RSU also has significantly increased its results in the Knowledge Transfer category where the A grade was given for publications cited in international patents.

RSU also achieved good results in the Teaching and Learning section, where it received the second-best grade B, for example for the graduation rate in master's programs, and for graduating in the time allocated in the bachelor's programs. In total, the rating evaluates more than 30 criteria in five areas of performance.

U-Multirank takes a different approach compared to other global university rankings. It has a multidimensional approach and compares universities’ performance in five areas, taking into account different aspects of their operation. The ratings focus on users’ needs, providing users with a scalable online tool that can be used to compare university performance not only in research, but also in other areas relevant to higher education, such as teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and regional involvement.

This year’s edition of the U-Multirank international university ranking was the seventh and largest ever published. Around 1,800 universities from 92 countries participated. This year's U-Multirank rating edition includes 20 Latvian higher education institutions, which is two more than in 2019.