The British education consultancy company Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its World University Rankings by Subject 2017, which ranks universities from all over the world by 46 subjects. For the first time and as the only university from Eastern Europe, the Estonian Academy of Arts is among the world’s top 200 art and design universities, placed #151. The ranking includes such other universities as Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Art and Design University Zurich, and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin.
Among the top art and design schools are several of our distinguished close partners, including Royal College of Art in London, ranked #1, Rhode Island School of Design #4, Aalto University in Helsinki #13, RMIT University in Melbourne #17, Konstfack in Stockholm #47, and also Design School Kolding in Denmark.
“The high international reputation shows that the people of EAA are very devoted and diligent. Even when our spatial situation hasn’t supported us, they achieve remarkable results. Superb art and design is taught and made in Estonia – that is for sure! When the Estonian economy progresses further from the subcontracting phase, then the value of EAA will rise in the eyes of employers as well, which currently didn’t permit us to rise even higher in the rankings,” says the Rector of the Academy, Professor Mart Kalm.
As of 2011, the QS World University Rankings lists universities according to subjects and fields of study to present comparable information about the strengths of universities by single specialties and areas.
Thus, it is not a comprehensive ranking, but 46 different rankings where the number of universities varies from 50 to 500. The Art & Design category ranks 200 higher education institutions from all over the world.
For ranking, the QS considers the reputation of the university among the scholars, researchers and employers in the field. In 2017, data from 4438 universities was analysed, of which 1117 universities made the rankings with at least one subject. The methodology is described on the QS website: www.iu.qs.com/university-rankings/subject-tables/