EKA ranked among World’s Top 200 Art & Design Universities

Estonian Academy of Arts in Estonia has been named as one of the world’s top universities, according to the latest edition of the world’s most-consulted university ranking. Estonian Academy of Arts’s best performance is in Art & Design.

QS Quacquarelli Symonds – international higher education think-tank – released the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject: an independent comparative analysis on the performance of 15,200 individual university programs, taken by students at 1543 universities in 88 locations across the world, across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual QS World University Rankings portfolio, which was consulted over 147 million times in 2021 on TopUniversities.com and covered 96,000 times by media and institutions.

EKA Rector Mart Kalm: “Although the rankings never reflect the whole truth about the university, it is nice to find yourself next to your partner universities. It is definitely a recognition of the good work of EKA people.”

With 24 ranked programs from 6 institutions in this year’s subject rankings, Estonia is the 54th – most-represented country in the world. In terms of top-100 programs, Estonia is the 47th – strongest global higher education nation based on 2 programs across 2 institutions. In Academic Reputation, Estonian Academy of Arts’s best performance is in Art & Design, in which it scores 53.2. In Employer Reputation, the university’s best performance came in Art & Design where it earned a score of 61.9.


To produce the rankings for this year the team analysed over 14.7 million unique papers, producing close to 96 million citations. 1543

institutions ranked across 51 subjects in 5 broad subject areas, creating over 17,700 ranked entries. These figures reflect some of the scale behind this huge undertaking that the team carries out in order to produce these subject rankings.

This year, as we communicated in an email sent on March 2nd, we introduced International Research Network as an indicator for the broad subject area rankings. QS believes that research conducted with global partners is of immense value, and this metric serves to further shine light on institutions who are working cooperatively with international partners to add value to the global bank of research.

You can find more on this indicator here:



Estonian Academy of Arts

Founded in 1914, the Estonian Academy of Arts is the oldest and only public university of visual culture in Estonia.  The Academy offers over 30 curricula in the four faculties of Architecture, Design, Art Culture and Fine Arts. 1200 students from all parts of the world are engaged in the curricula to cultivate their analytical abilities and critical thinking with the aim to develop into environmentally and socially conscientious creators. They are taught and supported by lecturers and instructors who are professionals in their field – internationally recognised artists, architects, designers, and scholars who provide unique, individualised study and personal mentorship in an interdisciplinary and synergetic atmosphere. In 2017 and 2022, EKA was listed among Top 200 Architecture and Design Universities by QS World University Rankings.

The Estonian Academy of Arts’ new building, designed by its alumni, was inaugurated in 2018 and has since received over ten awards for its architecture, including interior design. Located between the picturesque UNESCO world heritage medieval Old Town and the vibrant and hip Kalamaja districts, the Academy stands as an oasis of art culture in the midst.

The Academy partners with the world’s top architecture, art, and design universities and is a member of the main education and professional networks in its fields. This gives the students and employees ample opportunities for broadening their perspectives as artists and designers. EKA is the founding member of Estonian Design Centre and Estonian Centre for Architecture and actively participates in the planning of state design, urban planning, art and education strategies. The members of EKA play an active role in the betterment of the local society and living environment. Through and alongside its alumni, the Estonian Academy of Arts represents the country of Estonia at the important world arenas.  The Academy welcomes socially sensitive, motivated, and creative thinkers.

Read on at www.artun.ee


Global Highlights

US institutions lead in 28 of the 51 subjects ranked. Harvard University and MIT remain the strongest-performing institutions, ranking number-one in twelve subjects.

13 subject tables are topped by a British university, with the University of Oxford leading in six of those.

ETH Zurich is continental Europe’s top university, achieving number-one spots in three subjects.

Based on its share of top-10 ranks, Switzerland is the world’s third-best higher education sector.

Australia has a total of 13 world’s top-10 departments, five fewer than in 2018.

China (Mainland) ranks fifth globally for number of programs (100) achieving a top-50 rank

No university has a larger number of top-50 than Canada’s University of Toronto (46).

University of Singapore – Asia’s best-performing university – is the world’s best for Petroleum Engineering. NUS ranks among the top-10 in sixteen disciplines.

Japanese higher education is still in relative decline after decades of underfunding for research and PhD students.

Latin America’s highest rank are achieved by Universidad de Chile, 8th globally in Engineering – Mineral & Mining followed by UNAM (Mexico) 13th in Modern Languages and Universidade de São Paulo (USP) 15th in Dentistry.

The University of Cape Town remains Africa’s most competitive institution, placing 9th globally in Development Studies.

King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, 6th globally for Petroleum Engineering, achieves the highest rank in the Arab Region.

Ben Sowter, QS Senior Vice President, said: 

“Observing performance trends across over 15,000 university departments enables us to see which factors influence success. An international outlook – both in terms of faculty body and research relationships – correlates strongly with improved performance. Rising universities received targeted investment from governments for over a decade.

Lastly, strengthening relationships with industry correlates with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”

More methodological information can be found at  https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/methodology

The full rankings were launched on Wednesday 6th April at 10:00 am GMT, and can be found at https://www.topuniversities.com/subject-rankings/2022


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QS Quacquarelli Symonds is the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector, whose mission is to enable motivated people anywhere in the world to fulfil their potential through educational achievement, international mobility, and career development.

The QS World University Rankings portfolio, inaugurated in 2004, has grown to become the world’s most popular source of comparative data about university performance. Their flagship website, www.TopUniversities.com – the home of their rankings – was viewed 147 million times in 2021, and over 96,000 media clippings pertaining to, or mentioning, QS were published by media outlets across the world in 2021.

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