by S N McGannon

This is a ranking of the top universities in the Baltic states ranked relative to each other by average world rank for the year 2020.

The ranking was created by using metadata sourced from the four prominent rankings of world universities (each ranking released in 2020): Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), Times Higher Education (THE), U.S. News & World Report (USNWR), and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). 

Rank was checked on each list for every Baltic university ranked on any of the lists. Then for each university all its rank placements were averaged across lists to create the new list of average ranking for each university. The universities were then ranked according to their average ranking. The university with the highest average is thus ranked 1st, the one with the second highest average 2nd, and so on.

Finally, the results were tabled, and are shown below (Figure 1). The leftmost column shows the final relative placement (relative placement based on average rank, i.e.), the “institution” column shows the institution ranked along with the flag of the country in which it is located, the next four rightward columns (ARWU, QS, THE, USNWR) show the rank for each given institution in each of those selected world rankings, and the rightmost column (“Average World Rank”) averages the four ranking lists’ rank placement for each university.

Some observations —

  • Only QS predicts the top 10 (though, in the wrong order).
  • For every university in the top 10 ranked by USNWR, USNWR predicts the correct ranking order relative to those universities.
  • All four rankings predict University of Tartu as 1st.
  • ARWU is the worst indicator of Baltic university ranking overall, as it only ranks two Baltic universities at all. However, for those universities it ranks, it does predict the correct relative ranking order.

If anything appears to be in error, please email me at tuulifunctional@snmcgannon.com.

Figure 1.

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