The results of Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016 have been announced on 2 December 2015. Vilnius University made its debut in the ranking with a successful result of the spot 116 joining the list of top 200 of higher education institutions in Brazil, Russia, India, China, Soult Africa and 30 other “emerging countries”.
VU was the first and the only Lithuanian university so far to be included into the Ranking.
Universities from 48 countries have been evaluated, whereas only 200 were selected for rating. “We rated the best competitive universities from the region only, therefore the very fact of VU inclusion into the list of 200 rated universities is a huge achievement and recognition for VU”, – Phil Baty admitted in his letter to VU.
Professor Artūras Žukauskas, VU Rector, claims that “This achievement is a good start for the future vision of ours – to join the team of the best European and global universities! The result of the present ranking demonstrates that we are on the right track”.
The BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings use the same 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and even governments.
The performance indicators are grouped into five areas: teaching (the learning environment), research (volume, income and reputation), citations (research influence), international outlook (staff, students and research) and industry income (knowledge transfer).
China has reinforced its dominance in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016, claiming half of the top 10 places.
Beijing-based Peking and Tsinghua universities have taken the top two spots for the third year in a row, while the Lomonosov Moscow State University from Russia ranked the third. Latvian universities were left beyond ranking, while 5 universities from Poland and 2 universities from Estonia were included into the list of 200 ranked universities as well.