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The annual international QS World University Rankings 2019 has ranked Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) among top 1000 universities in the world. RSU has received the highest rating in two categories: international student ratio and academic reputation. The ranking was officially released on 7 June. 

RSU rector Professor Aigars Pētersons emphasises that this recognition is the outcome of a strategically planned path of development that has been attained through the combined responsible and diligent efforts of the RSU team over the course of several years. "The ranking is a credit to the performance of RSU which, just like qualification matches before a world cup in sports, opens up doors for us to be among the best. Future steps depend on each university’s responsibility towards and respect for its students and society by pursuing excellence in studies and research,” the RSU rector emphasises the efforts behind the ranking. RSU will continue work on its long-term development strategy and pursue the vision to become a prestigious, advanced, highly-acclaimed university in Europe and worldwide with its principal asset – the individual as a core value, providing research-based, high-quality and exportable higher education.

In addition to medicine and healthcare studies, for over 20 years now nine RSU faculties offer quality education in social sciences study programmes. RSU currently has 8670 students, among them 2139 international students from 53 countries. The largest international student communities come from Germany, Scandinavia and Portugal.

Other Latvian universities that are included in the QS ranking are: Rīga Technical University and the University of Latvia.

More information about RSU's performance in QS ranking 

QS World University Ranking is an annual university rating recognised worldwide, based upon six metrics: academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations, international faculty ratio and international student ratio. There are over 26300 institutions of higher education globally. 

According to the academic reputation survey conducted by market research company Kantar TNS Latvia earlier this year, Riga Stradiņš University was recognised as a top quality university with outstanding reputation, being ranked the highest among the ten largest universities of Latvia.

RSU also provides data to other international university ratings, e.g. U-Multirank, Webometrics etc.