Lithuanian University Rankings

Vilnius University (VU) has jumped 34 positions in the annual QS World University Rankings and is now ranked 439th, reports Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) and the Kaunas University of Technology (KTU) have also improved their positions. “I am pleased to see that we have made significant progress in graduate employment rates and the student-academic staff ratio has been rated exceptionally well,” said VU Rector Rimvydas Petrauskas. VU’s graduate employability indicator improved significantly, rising 220 positions to 105th place compared to last year. The indicator reflects the ability of institutions to ensure high levels of graduate employability and their impact in their professional fields.

Compared to last year, VMU and KTU have also risen in the ranking. VMU is now ranked between 741–750, compared to 801–850 last year, while KTU is ranked between 751–760, compared to 801–850 last year. “We are extremely pleased with this ranking. Global competition among universities is growing dramatically, and this year, the QS ranking has been given to many more institutions than last year, which is why VMU’s rise in the ranking is a very significant achievement,” said VMU Rector Juozas Augutis.

Meanwhile, Vilnius TECH has dropped in the rankings. Last year it was ranked between 801–850, and this year the university is ranked between 851–900. Mykolas Romeris [Law] University maintains the same position and is ranked among the top 1001–1200 universities in the world.

The QS World University Rankings assess higher education institutions on a total of eight criteria: academic reputation, reputation among employers, citation rate, student-faculty ratio in departments, proportion of foreign lecturers, the university’s international research network, number of international students, and sustainability.

This year’s QS rankings include 5,663 institutions from 106 countries around the world, with 21 institutions ranked for the first time. As usual, the top-ranked universities are from the US and the UK: the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, Oxford University, Harvard University, Cambridge University, and Stanford University. Canada’s University of Toronto is 25th, and McGill University in Montreal is 29th. See