University Rankings: Vilnius University strengthens its position in the Baltics

University Rankings: Vilnius University strengthens its position in the Baltics
Vilnius University - the oldest university in Lithuania, founded in 1579.

Vilnius University holds first place in Lithuania by academic reputation, reputation among employers, student–faculty ratio, frequency of publication citations, as well as internet visibility indicators.

This is the best result the university has achieved since the rankings began to be compiled.

“Our annually rising position in the rankings show that the directions we have chosen is producing noticeable results. It is nice to see that, according to employer assessments, we are in 11th place in the entire region, with 97 points out of a possible 100. We value the trust of business leaders, which motivates us to be more visible, not only in the region but globally as well,” said Vilnius University rector Prof. Arturas Zukauskas.

Compilers of the QS University Rankings EECA 2017 had noted that over the past four years, Vilnius University has been consistently pulling ahead of its competition not only in Lithuania, but also the entire region reflected in the rankings.

Vilnius University

Vilnius University

From 2011, Vilnius University indicators exceeded the average results of other institutes of higher education in the Baltics by a few tens of percents, and this number has increased every year.

This year, the difference compared to the average results of institutes of higher education in other regions went up to 137 percent. In Lithuania, the difference increased to 86.4 percent.

EECA ranked universities in Eastern and Central Europe, as well as in Central Asia.

The same data as in the global ranking of universities, QS World University Rankings, is used to create this ranking: only indicator weights are modified, as well as new indicators such as the number of academics holding a doctorate, the university’s internet visibility based on Webometrics data, and the frequency of citations of scientific works. Last year, Vilnius University held 21st place in this ranking.

The TOP 200 University in Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA)

The QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) Rankings, the only ranking of its kind. This ranking first came to life in 2014, in the form of a pilot edition, and was compiled to fulfil the necessary purpose of recognising the rapidlydeveloping academic excellence in the region.

Emerging Europe and Central Asia are both dynamic regions with similar priorities driving development: regions where a significant number of countries place a very high priority on strengthening and internationalizing their higher education systems and research frameworks.

Although many EECA institutions already feature in global university league tables, this ranking not only provides an additional opportunity to celebrate region-specific successes, but also puts a high number of new, strong institutions on the map of international rankings for the first time.

Read more: Historic event for Lithuania: Vilnius university among the top 500 best universities in the world

Andrzej Vilenski
Andrzej Vilenski, the Baltic Review correspondent is a PhD student at the University of Vilnius, studying policy.

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