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On June 8 2017, QS World University Ranking data was released that shows that the University of Latvia (UL) ranks among the world’s most prestigious universities. The authors of the evaluation system indicate that the University of Latvia is among the best 2.7% of the world’s higher education institutions in the competition of about 26,000 educational institutions.


Rector of the University of Latvia Indriķis Muižnieks: “The University of Latvia has gone higher in the ranking, increasing the reputation of employers, the reputation of the academic environment, as well as the recognition of the university among international students. The development also takes place in other universities, for which the available state support is significantly or even incomparably higher than the University of Latvia. We must definitely raise the recruitment of foreign lecturers at UL. We have asked rating makers to verify the data on citations of UL personnel publications, where, using the same sources as QS, our data is about 20% better than used in the rating. Such a deviation has a significant impact on the ultimate assessment of the position of the University of Latvia. “

It is important that the improvement of the rating has gone hand in hand with the employment rates of the UL graduates. According to the State Revenue Service, 96% of all graduates of higher education study programs at the University of Latvia have found work within one year of receiving a diploma.

The first three places are ranked by US universities – first in Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by Stanford University, and third is Harvard University.

The THE Rankings, together with QS World University Rankings and Shanghai’s ARWU Rankings, are the three most influential university ranking systems in the world. QS World University Rankings are being created since 2004. This year’s assessment includes 980 universities.

The rating is based on several indicators: global reputation, results of surveys of university professors and employers, the citation of scientific publications, the introduction of scientific results in practice, the ratio of teachers and students, as well as the share of foreign students and teaching staff and international cooperation. According to the latest methodology, the proportion of research activities in higher education institutions has been increased. All data provided by universities is verified according to internationally available information.

20 Mar 2018