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Vilnius University makes it to the top 400 world universities

Vilnius has received yet another quality label, proving the city’s ability to attract local and international talent and students. In the latest QS World University Rankings 2022, Vilnius University (VU) has taken a record high position, and for the first time has been ranked 400th.

This is the highest rating ever achieved by Lithuanian universities in the global ranking of QS universities; therefore, the position is significant not only for the history of higher education at VU but also for Lithuania’s higher education in general.

’Being among the 400 best universities in the world is a significant achievement for Lithuania’s higher education. It testifies that our country has all the prerequisites for the top-level international science and studies.

I am certain that we are strong enough to establish ourselves among the best universities in the world and to adhere to the highest standards as they are understood in the international scientific community. However, this requires constant constructive dialogue with the public authorities, so that the funding of science and studies allows for the planning of a long-term perspective.

We prove that we can achieve and exceed the set goals, yet the state must prove that it considers education a priority,’ VU Rector Prof. Rimvydas Petrauskas said.

VU has been ranked in the global QS rankings among more than 1500 other higher education institutions for almost a decade, and this time has risen by more than 200 positions. First evaluated in 2014, VU ranked 601-650. Currently in the 400th position, VU represents Lithuania by shaping high scientific standards that increasingly contribute to attracting international researchers.

According to Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius, the achievement popularizes the name of the city and the country internationally, while Vilnius University becomes a serious competitor to prestigious European universities.

’We are proud of the academic community of Vilnius University. Its efforts promote both the global image of the university and that of the city. This time, being ranked among the top 400, VU has once again proved that it has the energy to grow and create breakthrough ideas,’ Mayor Šimašius said.

This year, VU has been ranked especially high, 135th, in terms of teaching quality. Based on the criterion of academic reputation, VU ranks 400th this year, having risen by 27 positions compared to last year, and is 434th in terms of employee evaluation.

QS World University Rankings rank higher education institutions based on six criteria: Academic Reputation, Employer Reputation, Citations per Faculty, Faculty/Student Ratio, International Faculty Ratio, and International Students Ratio.

Photo: Edgaras Kurauskas